Reflecting architectural details

By Elspeth Pridham
August 14, 2019

Interior designer André Fu at Hong Kong-based studio AFSO has designed the 36th floor residence at 53 West 53, the newly built 320m-high residential tower adjacent to The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. The apartment reflects the detailing of the building’s architecture, creating a flow from exterior to interior.

Paris-based architect Jean Nouvel designed 53 West 53, showcasing the use of geometrical patterns covering the exposed structural facade and creating a tower that tapers to form a triangular silhouette. “We commissioned André Fu to design our first model residence because his modernist sensibilities complement Jean Nouvel’s completely unique architecture,” says David Penick, managing director at international real estate firm Hines. The two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom residence spans 189.4sq m, with details from the building’s construction continuing into Fu’s interior. “I have paid particular attention to Nouvel’s architecture by celebrating the unique diagrid detail into the way we articulate the flow of the apartment,” he says.

The property’s internal design complements the interior architecture by Thierry Despont, featuring walnut doors and bronze hardware inspired by the tower’s silhouette. The kitchen includes marble tops and white glass cabinetry with polished-nickel detailing, fabricated by Molteni&C|Dada. The interior has been enhanced by juxtaposing the design ethos of “relaxed luxury with the stunning architecture of 53 West 53,” adds Fu.

He collaborated with French gallerist Emmanuel Perrotin to curate artwork to be showcased throughout the home. A minimalist canvas by Korean artist Pak Seo Bo adorns the wall to the entrance of the apartment. The artwork is accompanied by a selection of furniture pieces from the André Fu Living collection, a palette of stained grey oak and anodized bronze highlighting subtle accents of dusty burgundy and mineral blue. “I believe my work revolves around an aesthetic that embraces cultural nuances, and it is quintessentially an aesthetic that is relaxed and calm,” says Fu.

Bespoke and custom-made furniture enrich the interior, taking inspiration from the sweeping views of the residence. “The holistic atmosphere of this apartment embraces my design language and is a genuine expression of relaxed luxury set against New York’s dynamic cityscape,” adds Fu. Within the living room, a sculptural curvilinear screen in high-gloss piano lacquer depicts the silhouette of the city’s skyline, set against an ivory sofa. A six-seater table occupies the dining area accompanied by a handmade screen partition. The space is finished with bronze table lamps with cast glass, as well as an array of modern century inspired objects.