Loft Peeping: American Thread Building Penthouse

American Thread penthouse rotunda photo by Douglas Friedman courtesy Architectural DigestHoly cow.

As we knew, the penthouse at the American Thread Building has a rotunda with an oculus. The apartment was bought in the fall of 2013, and the new owners—”an art collector and his partner, a rancher turned fashion executive”—called on Nicholas Kilner to help decorate. “I needed to rock-and-roll it, to sex it up a bit,'” one of the men told Architectural Digest, which was invited over for martinis and a look-see. Overcoming record levels of jealousy, envy, and covetousness, I have to concede that it looks fabulous. Of note:

••• “An oak-paneled rotunda 28 feet in diameter with a stained-glass oculus in its domed ceiling […] was part of a club for members of the New-York Wool Exchange, textile industrialists who would ply their trade on the floors below.” After which it became “the headquarters for a thread and yarn company. By the 1970s artists had infiltrated the lofts, among them an aerial dance troupe that rehearsed in the rotunda.” (Two photos here.) And then the Etro family owned the apartment.

••• The art collection includes works by Richard Serra, Gerhard Richter, Ai Weiwei, Jenny Holzer, Ryan McGinley, Adel Buzali, Allora & Calzadilla, Michel François, Banks Violette, and An-My Lê. But that’s just for starters. When If you get invited over for martinis, you should also expect to see “Marc Quinn’s life-size bronze of the heavily tattooed actor and model Zombie Boy,” “a Jack Pierson text piece that spells out an expletive,” “a Damien Hirst depicting an artfully flayed Saint Bartholomew,” and a painting of Charlotte Rampling.

••• The furniture includes “futuristic Nanda Vigo chairs from the ’70s, upholstered in silver Mongolian lamb and resembling alien sheep”; “a 19th-century baker’s table from Marseille”; and a Karl Springer acrylic table from the 1980s.

••• The floor of the dressing room is Pirelli rubber, just like Mom and Dad used to have. Seriously!

••• “On any given weekend,” while you’re ordering in and watching Netflix, “an international group of friends and acquaintances might congregate in the home for animated dinner organized around a colorful theme.” A colorful dinner around an animated theme might be even more intriguing: Everyone could dress up like a favorite Jay Ward character, for instance.

The full article is in the December issue of Architectural Digest (which I quite enjoyed), with an abbreviated version online, including extensive credits in the captions. The text is by Leslie Camhi, and the photographs are by Douglas Friedman. Friedman has an entertaining Tumblr, The Facinator, with photos of Oman that’ll make you very much want to go there.

UPDATE: Condé Nast says I can only run four photos, which is better than none! So this post has been edited accordingly. (And the cover of the magazine has a fifth, so click to enlarge.) If you want to see the painting of Charlotte Rampling in the dining room, you’ll have to visit AD online, pick up the issue, or score an invite from the gents.

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1 Comment

  1. I remember when this apartment was listed in 2013 and I was captivated by the floorplan. Also loved those kitchen walls that fold open or closed. If you look at the listing from then and compare it to the AD pictures, it’s interesting to see what has changed and what hasn’t: