The minimalist Manhattan home of pioneering Italian designers Massimo and Lella Vignelli has gone on sale for $6.5m.
Massimo and Lella Vignelli bought the 3,900 sq ft, Upper East Side apartment 1978 and used it as a testbed for their pared-back design aesthetic. The couple – whose multidisciplinary studio worked across graphic design, architecture, branding and product design – passed away in 2014 and 2016 respectively, and the timeless property is largely as they left it.
The three-bedroom apartment is set over the sixth and seventh floors of 130 East 67 Street, an Italian Renaissance-style building, designed by architect Charles A Platt in 1907.
Its star attraction is the living room, with a soaring 20-ft-high coffered ceiling and huge leaded-glass window. Ornamentation has been kept to a minimum: crisps white walls contrast wide plank wooden floors, black leather sofas and a wood-burning stove.
In the next room is Lella Vignelli’s study, which is fitted with over 600 linear ft of custom bookshelves. Furniture – designed by the couple specifically for their apartment – is available via separate negotiation.
Upstairs, a gallery landing overlooks the minimalist living room and is hung with artwork. It leads to two bedrooms, and two dressing rooms, which have windows and could be turned into additional bedrooms (there’s also a guest bedroom on the lower floor).
Design enthusiasts will recognise the apartment from the 2012 documentary, Design is One, which featured the couple in their home. The Manhattan property is now listed via Sotheby’s International Realty agents Gabriele Devlin and Lee Summers.