Ultra Violet might be Pantone’s ‘colour of the year’, but don’t expect to find it inside the Manhattan home of the company’s founder.
Lawrence Herbert has lived in the sprawling six-bedroom Manhattan property – now listed for $39.5m – since the 1990s. It occupies the entire 11th floor of 778 Park Avenue, an ultra-exclusive co-op built in 1931 by Sicilian-American architect Rosario Candela, and has been given a makeover by fashion’s favourite architect Peter Marino.
But the flamboyant designer has left his love of leather and black at the apartment’s wrought iron gates. A marble hallway leads to surprisingly neutral interiors, which channel the traditional glamour of the Upper East Side.
Rooms feature parquet flooring, 12-ft ceilings and moulded plaster details. There are 39 windows across the apartment, many of which are floor-to-ceiling, and the living room, dining room, master bedroom suite and library all overlook Park Avenue and Central Park.
Furnishings mix a French and Gilded Age vibe with rich textures: three marble fireplaces dot the Upper East Side apartment, while hits of colour come via royal blue drapes and velvet upholstered sofas.
Staff quarters occupy the north wing of the property, off the eat-in St Charles kitchen, and there are four further bedrooms in the west wing.
The apartment is listed with agent Arlene Reed of Warburg Realty.