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  • Samantha Brooks

Living Room | Dining Room | Kitchen: That’s Entertainment

Most of the home’s entertaining takes place in the living areas and dining room (above). “We broke up the living room into a series of smaller spaces,” says Share. “To one side of the piano, there’s a bar area and games table, and on the other is an informal reception area [pictured on pages 102–103], so that guests can gather with a drink before dinner.” On the other side of a metal-paneled wall, a more formal living room (previous pages) offers additional seating and a view of the park. Though a neutral palette dominates the decor, never before has beige been so bold. “I like everything to have a wow factor to it,” says Share. “If you’re going to see the side of a chair, then it has to look great. It can’t be run of the mill. That doesn’t mean it has to be flashy or emblazoned with crystals, but it has to be stylish.”

Accordingly, textures and patterns are layered dramatically. The sides of the sofa in the formal living room, for example, have a laser-etched pattern that lends an almost futuristic, three-dimensional effect, and lampshades feature a subtle leaf pattern. The coffee table combines Tabu veneer with satin-brass trims, high-gloss lacquer, and leather and suede lining, while silk-and-wool carpets with starburst and geometric motifs cover the chevron-patterned wood floor.

Just off the living areas, the dining room melds the formality of a Michelin three-star restaurant with the whimsical air of Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland. The entire room is covered in dark-blue verre églomisé, and the dining chairs, though all upholstered in the same fabric, represent four different styles. This slightly surreal setting is accentuated by a painting by René Magritte, which is perched on an easel in one corner—but one specimen from an art collection that contains works by such artists as Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Pablo Picasso, Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Lorenzo Quinn, and Dale Chihuly. “There’s a display case that can be opened to show goblets from a Saudi palace and giant Venini glass capsules that add color and an element of playfulness,” says Share. “And on the other side, you can press a button, and there’s a hidden room [previous pages, left] where you can have a glass of wine or smoke a cigar. It’s fun. Everyone from children to adults loves it.”

Master Suite: Sleeping Beauty

The decision to endow the 2,592-square-foot master suite (previous pages) with views of the park required sacrificing some square footage—the space over the formal living room—given that room’s soaring height. “Most people might not have wanted to do with less square footage, but having a bedroom that overlooks the park, while still maintaining the luxury of 18-foot-high ceilings in the living room is a rarity,” says Share. For privacy, the bedroom’s glass walls can be concealed with integrated blinds or blackout drapes.

The suite’s sleeping area has a built-in refrigerator and coffee machine near the bed, a suede-covered wall, and a skylight with integrated blinds. Elsewhere, his and her closets (above left) mirror one other, as do the bathrooms. Her side (above right) boasts Nero Marquina marble floors, Statuario marble walls, a Jacuzzi tub, and Lalique taps. A Swarovski chandelier designed by Eva Menz hovers over the tub. In the vanity area, stainless-steel-lined drawers are temperature controlled: Some are kept cool for storing beauty products, and others serve as towel warmers. On his side (top), the same marbles are used but in a reversed pattern, and the bath is placed adjacent to a wall that conceals a television. The shower features chromotherapy lights and body jets.


Photo by Michael Mundy
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