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Exclusive interview: Inside NYC’s 432 Park Avenue by interior designer Deborah Berke

432 Park Avenue’s Interior designer tells us about her design inspirations and aspirations, and unveils details of the interiors of the building that will be New York City’s tallest residential skyscraper.

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What inspired your interiors?

We were inspired by the exterior of 432 Park Avenue and sought to create interior spaces as clean and as modern as the geometric façade. The project’s cultural and physical surroundings also inspired us; we designed each residence to connect the history of luxury with the ease of streamlined design.


Would you define the design as ‘bespoke’?

The design is definitely bespoke. We used every element of our design – from the spatial character of the rooms to the finish of each fixture and surface – as an opportunity to reinforce our vision of luxurious modernism. As a result, our interiors are perfectly suited for modern urban life.


How do the penthouses differ from 432’s other apartments?

The penthouses feature private elevator landings and wood-burning fireplaces, but the sweeping 360-degree views from 24 10’x10’ windows make the penthouses especially unique.


Can you tell which 5 hotels around the world are your favourites & why?

Other than the hotels we’ve designed where I always love to stay, I also enjoy The Berkeley Hotel in London for its elegance and service, The Southbridge in St Helena in Napa Valley because I enjoy being able to walk around town, The Harbour House in Salt Spring Island, British Columbia because the island smells fresh and deliciously clean, and The Hotel Monasterio in Cusco, Peru for its historic courtyards. And our 21C Museum Hotels in Cincinnati Bentonville are now ranked number 1 and number 11 in the US – and they are certainly among my favorites.


What will your next project be?

We are currently working on a number of exciting new projects, from two new 21c Museum Hotels and a renovation and addition to the historic Richardson Olmsted Complex to 70 Pine Street, a commercial residential development in New York City, and several private residences.


Who (living or dead) would you most like to design a home for?

I love to design houses, for anyone. Among many others, I would have enjoyed designing a house for the great dancer Tanaquil Le Clercq.

For more information on 432 Park Avenue please visit their website or contact your Insignia personal assistant.

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