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The best design museums in New York City

By Diane Pham, Mon, March 6, 2017

New York is an international center for design. World-famous architects and designers have learned here, lived here, and worked here. And New York shows off the immense talent in the city and elsewhere with some of the world’s greatest design museums. Here is a small sample of some of the best places to see the latest and greatest works, as well as where to dig when you’re looking for inspiration from the past.

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Cool Listings, Flatiron

41 East 19th Street, cool listings, flatiron, lofts, co-ops

Once you settle in to the rustic vibe of this pre-war Flatiron co-op at 41 East 19th Street, you might feel like you’ve been living there for years. The artful lived-in look is only part of the package; a 270-square-foot terrace adds the possibility of lavish entertaining, and a living room with a greenhouse roof keeps things sunny in all seasons of the year.

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Cool Listings, Flatiron, Interiors

An intensive re-design of this massive, lofty condo at 10 East 22nd Street, in Flatiron, left the 4,000-square-foot interior with tons of customized details. Asking $8.8 million, the duplex apartment boasts a grand living room with 17-foot-tall wood beam ceilings, a customized kitchen, crazy closet space, and a dramatic floating staircase. Best yet, a “terrace oasis” off the main floor comes with views of the Flatiron Building.

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Cool Listings, Flatiron, Interiors

131 Fifth avenue, cool listings, flatiron, lofts, co-ops,

The Flatiron District is known for its big, basic loft apartments, often creatively customized by residents, and this duplex co-op at 131 Fifth Avenue is no exception. Currently on the market for $1.75 million, the art-friendly home has understated bragging points like 15-foot ceilings and 10-foot windows overlooking 5th Avenue, as well as a full suite of interior design tools for creative living.

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Cool Listings, Flatiron

333 park avenue south, lofts, cool listings, co-ops, flatiron

This Gramercy/Flatiron pad at 333 Park Avenue South, available for rent furnished or unfurnished for $14,000 per month, has all your classic loft details such as rustic beamed ceilings, wooden columns, and massive industrial windows. But it’s also been reconfigured into a multifunctional, multi-level home that has plenty of separate zones for photo studio work, office space, entertaining, living, and any other use you could think of. Add in the slew of custom built-ins, chic decor, and artsy wall treatments, and that five-digit price tag seems a lot more reasonable.

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Cool Listings, Flatiron

Benedict Cumberbatch, 21W20, Doctor Strange, Beyer Blinder Belle, MR Architecture and Decor

Since being released last month, Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” has grossed over $635 million worldwide, centering on the alternate dimension of an egotistical surgeon turned wizard, played by Benedict Cumberbatch. A few key scenes are filmed in Dr. Stephen Strange’s spectacular Flatiron loft; the fictional abode would lie just west of Broadway and directly south of the Flatiron Building on 23rd Street. Coincidentally, a palatial and similarly-situated residence has just been released at Gale International‘s boutique condominium development 21W20. The full-floor unit, known as Penthouse One, boasts 4,841 square feet of interior space and 541 square feet of outdoor terraces and is just one of two remaining homes at the 13-unit project comprised of four penthouses designed by Beyer Blinder Belle.

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Cool Listings, Flatiron, Interiors

5 East 16th Street, Cool Listings, Flatiron,

Even with a dizzying ask of $12.8 million, you know you’re headed for off-the-charts territory when a 4,200-square-foot, three+ bedroom apartment starts with a sunken foyer that opens into an 800-square-foot sunken living room. And if you’re thinking that’s bigger than lots of people’s entire apartment, consider the fact that there are many rooms like it in this full-floor home in the Photo Arts Building at 5 East 16th Street. And you haven’t even seen the atrium wall yet.

More enthusiastic modern design, this way

Cool Listings, Flatiron

32 West 20th Street, Lofts, Co-ops, Cool listings, Flatiron,

Think of this loft co-op in a former garter factory at 32 West 20th Street as one big, soft, colorful tote bag–the kind your favorite third grade art teacher would pack to the brim every day–there are pockets for stuff, sure–in this case a bedroom and a bath and a half–but really it’s a big, open space with room for floaty scarves, bright skeins of yarn, beads and baubles, paints and brushes. At 2,000 square feet there’s plenty to work with when it comes to carving out just the kind of space you need.

Stop and smell the flowers, this way

Cool Listings, Flatiron, Interiors

24 massive windows line this $5.5M Flatiron loft

By Emily Nonko, Mon, September 12, 2016

140 5th avenue, co-op, flatiron, living room

It’s hard to argue with Flatiron views out of 24 oversized windows and under 14-foot ceilings. Those are some of the attributes of this three-bedroom co-op, which spans 160 feet across the entire second floor of 140 Fifth Avenue. Now on the market for $5.5 million, this former artist studio is now an upscale, palatial pad.

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Cool Listings, Flatiron, Interiors, Nomad

66 Madison Avenue, cool listings, Nomad, Flatiron, Leslie Klotz, Interiors, penthouse, loft, designer renovation, outdoor space

House Beautiful calls designer Leslie Klotz’s rooftop loft “a wonderful mashup of Manhattan and Montmartre,” and the homeowner says visitors are reminded of a Parisian artist’s garret, though this designed-to-the-nines Nomad penthouse at 66 Madison Avenue is definitely more soigné than starving artist.

A gut renovation of the space–it was once the building’s boiler room–by the designer and former Banana Republic PR executive resulted in a light-filled aerie topped with a web of massive skylights and blessed with enough terrace space to accomodate her love of indoor/outdoor living and entertaining. Now on the market for $2.450 million, the apartment atop the full-service Madison Parq co-op is located in of one of the city’s hottest downtown neighborhoods

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