Inside a Uniquely Customized Loft With a Bamboo-Filled Atrium

Louis Vuitton trunks are used as plant pots and the fireplace features neon LED backlighting

There's a champagne bucket in the breakfast bar.
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The bookshelves have special lighting.
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The dining room.
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Luxe light fixtures adorn the entire apartment.
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The entry foyer of the ninth floor loft.
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The entire space is flooded with light.
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Leather crocodile tiled floors in the master.
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Each bathroom contains NewForm fixtures.
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The kitchen appliances are all brand new.
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The atrium provides a rather unique view into the master suite.
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The secondary bedroom suite.
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The master bath suite.
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What closet dreams are made of.
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LED backlighting glows through the aluminum fireplace.
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The closets are customized with special shelving.
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“The owners spared no expense with the renovation,” Compass broker Alyssa Soto Brody told the Observer, stepping out of the private elevator entrance and into the glass-encased foyer of 5 East 16th Street.

“It’s beautifully done—there are a lot of really unique, special aspects to the unit,” Brody continued of her 4,200-square-foot $12.8 million listing, leading us into the sunken living room, which is outfitted with custom 4-foot by 4-foot Stone Italiana slab flooring.

A recycled aluminum and stone slab ethanol fireplace is the centerpiece of the 800-square-foot room—it glows varying colors due to LED backlighting, as do the built-in bookshelves. The condo’s living area also features a glass-enclosed atrium, filled with Louis Vuitton trunks as pots, bamboo trees and a costume mask.

The master suite is on the other side of the atrium wall, though an overhead projector apparently allows a bit of privacy. The floor is bedecked with black leather Spanish crocodile tiles, and the master bath is fitted with a soaking tub, steam shower and double sinks, as well as an “ambiance fireplace” underneath a built-in television.

“My dream is this dressing room and closet,” Brody said, leading us into the custom walk-in, with white lacquer built-ins and glass coverings with LED lighting to properly display one’s handbags. An additional walk-in was “for him,” Brody said, with compartments for ties and belts.

A second bedroom features an en-suite bath with NewForm finishes and a steam shower with glass doors, as well as custom freestanding wardrobes.

The third bedroom “could be a guest suite or an office,” Brody suggested, with the full bath off-suite so it can also service the living space.

Instead of walls, the owners installed glass railings throughout the entertaining rooms, and kept “beamed ceilings—it gives a lofty feeling, but in a modern way,” Brody opined, leading us to the south-facing kitchen and dining area.

The kitchen is equipped with touch-latch white lacquer cabinetry, as well Gaggenau and Miele appliances. The dining room is divided from the kitchen by a breakfast bar, on which a Fornasetti clock face lies flat.

Perhaps noting our bewilderment, Brody lifted the clock face to reveal an ice bucket of sorts underneath. “It’s for wine and champagne,” she laughed.

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