The TriBeCa Penthouse Suite
When Robert De Niro’s Greenwich Hotel opened in 2008, it was an instant hit: a homely yet arty brick-built hub for moneyed hipsters looking to stay in a grand but relaxed New York home. The TriBeCa Penthouse suite, which opened last year, is no longer the biggest in New York - that honour goes to the new 12,000sq feet, $75,000-a-night penthouse suite in The Mark hotel in the Upper East Side - but it is immense at 6,800sq feet spread over two floors and remains the city's most individual suite.
Created by the Japanese architect Tatsuro Miki and the Belgian designer Axel Vervoordt, the three-bedroom, two living-room pied-à-terre takes its inspiration from the Japanese aesthetic sense of wabi, which advocates stripping everything back to its most basic and authentic in order to achieve calm. Each surface, object and texture is thus carefully considered. Roughly plastered walls are coloured in earthy sands, rusts, charcoals and greys. Floors are laid with polished concrete, stripped wood and worn stone that echo the industrial buildings that once lined Tribeca’s streets. Ceilings are formed from old New York industrial beams, battered old wooden tabletops from Union Square market, and cracked railway sleepers. It’s a place that oozes warmth and serenity, from its linen-covered sofas and bucolic wooden-hewn stools to the rough-cut organic soap, and the single flowers and stems of foliage placed in simple pottery to show off their beauty.