William Sofield, head of luxury interior design firm Studio Sofield, recently sat for an interview with Architectural Digest, during which he revealed some juicy tidbits about his latest projects. Especially exciting was what he said about 111 West 57th Street, one of the many tall, skinny towers going up on Billionaire’s Row (at 1,495 feet high and only 58-feet wide, Sofield points out that it is “too thin to kill any of the trees in Central Park”).
Studio Sofield is doing all the interior design work for the building, and told AD about all the high-end products being used to craft the interiors. The giant urns in the lobby are made from rock crystal; P.E. Guerin, the classic foundry, is doing all of the hardware in the building; the bathtubs are being carved from solid alabaster; the floors are “end-grain marquetry”; and, somewhat mysteriously, the building will feature “lots of fluted glass.”
As fab as all that sounds, it doesn’t even come close to another project Sofield is working on for a pied-à-terre on Fifth Avenue, where you can press a button to make all the walls disappear. It also has woven leather and silver lamé curtains, which Sofield says “only make sense in some scenario with Bette Midler riding around the apartment in a wheelchair, wearing a mermaid outfit.”
Now that’s one scenario we will dream about till the end of time.