Rita Konig

Located in a mid-century modern building called Manhattan House on New York’s Upper East Side, this penthouse apartment was designed by British tastemaker Rita Konig. The soft palette and simple furnishings create a serene and welcoming home far above the hectic city streets below. I love the Noguchi light fixture over the Philippe Hurel table with yellow leather chairs in the dining area above.

“Comfort is what leads what I design. People should be able to walk into a room and think: ‘I want to sit down and read a book here or have a drink there.”

In the living room, mid-century chairs sit below a collection of black and white photographs. The embroidered pillows are made from Indian fabric.

The living room also features a fireplace, lots of light from the windows and a furniture arrangement perfect for entertaining.

The window seat covered in Christopher Farr fabric is ideal and a wonderful place to read and stare out at the statuesque New York City skyline.

What is a well-lived home without books? Here the bookcase also acts as a major focal point in the central living space of the condo.

The unexpected design combo in the powder room is a floral black and white wallpaper, a small red table and mosaic tile floors.

The bed cover is an antique Suzani throw.

The outdoor terrace is a luxury in the city, but I love when architects allow for exterior living space because it’s nice to be able to go outside without having to take an elevator.

Photos © 2011 Manhattan House

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