Last night, a muggy party introduced Jade Jagger/YOO‘s odd Chelsea condo. But neither the well tiled, slickly lacquered “pods”–which separately house kitchen, bathrooms, and closets–nor the glamorously lengthy patios, nor the four well-stocked bars could make up for the heat.
“Where’s the air conditioner pod?” a real estate executive asked.
Around the corner, a sales associate was introducing a potential buyer to “your new boho pub.” She pointed toward a shiny sink in a shiny closet.
Co-designer Tom Bartlett thinks of the pods as fabulous suitcases; Jade (the condo’s namesake) has likened them to jewelry boxes–appropriate, considering her day job.
But would anyone want to call it home?
“I think it’s a really interesting concept. It’s very Jade,” notes Elle Macpherson. “Doing the pods in a loft is genius.”
Might she move in? “I live in London.”
Building co-owner Samuel Breuer, a managing partner at Bronfman Fisher, isn’t concerned. “This will sell like hotcakes,” he promises. “It’s the idea.”
New Yorkers interested in the concept of “Aristo” or “Luxo” pods should be informed that the condos go on sale today. Prices are reasonable, though a broker warns they’ll go up by the end of the week. This December (or January 2007), the pods will be open for luxo living.
– Max Abelson
Correction: Mr. Breur was misidentified as Edan Shiboleth. The Real Estate regrets the error.