This New York Apartment Is What Dreams Are Made Of

The notion that all bachelors live in mismatched dorm-like apartments is antiquated—especially among Manhattan's crop of sophisticated and ambitious young men, who care as much about their homes as they do their expertly tailored suits. While not all have the time to bring their décor visions to life, they always seem to know who to turn to. Such was the case with this luxury rental apartment and its young resident.

With only an unframed Michael Jordan poster as a starting point, interior designer Mara Silber knew she had her work cut out for her to introduce her latest client—a rising star on the finance scene—to the world of décor. Although he was all about numbers at work, the young bachelor in his early 30s had a creative side, an interest in art and literature, and a desire to upgrade his décor to something sleek and sophisticated. When he moved into this two-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom loft on Great Jones Street in the heart of NoHo, he knew it was time to call on the help of an expert designer to help him create a grown-up home. 

The MJ poster swiftly vetoed, Silber worked with her client to create a space that felt elegant and could entertaining large crowds yet still felt comfortable and easygoing. The luxury rental, with direct keyed-elevator access, white oak floors, floor-to-ceiling windows, eastern exposure, and 11-foot ceilings already had all the right bones to become a great home—it just needed a discerning eye to turn it from vision to reality. Step into the bachelor pad we'd all want to live in—this home is a lesson in comfort and practicality.


"I wanted it to be sophisticated and clean but also appropriately bold for its address—a new luxury building in a neighborhood known for its coveted real estate," explains Silber. "At the same time, maybe because both the client and I grew up in the Midwest, I felt that the design should also be easy and welcoming." The designer kept the color palette restrained to grays and blues—the client's favorites.