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March 24, 2015
These plush top-floor apartments frame their views and fill their spaces with modern design.
Tribeca penthouse with dining table and Tropicalia Moroso chairs

At the Tribeca penthouse of a young bachelor, Reddymade Design added bright materials and slender furnishings to complement the home's natural airiness. Spatial reconfigurations were kept to a minimum. 

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Wood and glass stair in a Tribeca penthouse

Reddymade swapped out a heavy spiral iron staircase for a modern wood one wrapped in glass walls.

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Open-plan living room in Brooklyn

A pair of Los Angeles transplants recruited architect Sarah Zames to merge two top-floor apartments in Brooklyn into a single, luminous penthouse. The open-plan's bright white walls make the most of the natural light. 

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Copper and dark wood kitchen in a Vinegar Hill apartment

Zames situated the home's functional elements against one wall in order to expand the couple's  living and entertaining space. 

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cape town penthouse interior living room

Karen and Richard Barrow's waterfront penthouse in Cape Town is stocked with natural furnishings from Cécile & Boyd, including two custom-made sectional sofas, a wood-and-metal coffee table, a collection of glass vases, and the brass floor lamps.

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cape town penthouse interior bedroom

Hammered-copper tiles add texture and reflect light in the couple's bedroom. The matching brass lamps are custom-made by Cécile & Boyd’s

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The "daytime" living quarters in the penthouse are dark, from the floor to the furnishings. The dining table is by Jasper Morrison for Cappellini (with an Aalto vase by Iittala on top). The chairs are by Ag Fronzoni also for Cappellini.

In the penthouse of this aluminum-clad residential structure in San Francisco, architect Stanley Saitowitz experimented with a diurnal living space, which is lined in dark-hued bamboo.  

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The penthouse living room is furnished with Ile Club by Piero Lissoni for Living Divani. The Metropolitan Riverside Park City Lights rug is by Merida.

The penthouse living room is furnished with Ile Club by Piero Lissoni for Living Divani. The Metropolitan Riverside Park City Lights rug is by Merida.

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Completed in 2008, the Mountain Dwellings is the second of BIG’s three projects in Ørestad, a new neighborhood in Copenhagen where development is attracting many new inhabitants. The result does looks like a mountain—hence the building’s name and the insp

Each tenant gets a taste of the high life at this vertically staggered Copenhagen housing development. Because each floor of apartments stands alone, with no one directly above, each of the units is, technically speaking, a penthouse.

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Every apartment has a terrace measuring around 1,000 square feet, with both private and semipublic spaces. “The cool thing about a garden is it’s yours,” says architect Bjarke Ingels. “If you’re on the wooden part, you can suntan in your bikini bottom or

Every apartment at the buzzing development has a terrace measuring roughly 1,000-square-feet. 

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Tribeca penthouse with dining table and Tropicalia Moroso chairs

At the Tribeca penthouse of a young bachelor, Reddymade Design added bright materials and slender furnishings to complement the home's natural airiness. Spatial reconfigurations were kept to a minimum. 

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