Here are some details about what 111 West 57th Street will look like inside

111 West Fifty Seventh Street, lording over all the other towers below it.
111 West Fifty Seventh Street, lording over all the other towers below it.

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.

  • Graybill&Downs

    We love the exterior view with the brass/golden metal petals sandwiched between the classic looking darker metal

    • Tramlord

      Yes, the brass will initially glint as the sunlight catches it but inevitably, due to exposure to the atmosphere, it will relatively quickly change to the dull brown of copper oxide on its surface and there’ll be no glint. The architects could have saved the owner a good deal of cost by instead specifying bronze anodized aluminum, just as serviceable and indistinguishable from the eventual appearance of the brass especially as it can only be viewed from the outside as it emerges above the Steinway Building way above street level. I guess one could argue that the first buyers of the obscenely priced apartments will be captivated by the glitter of the brass.

      Further costs could be achieved by substituting stove-enameled panels for the glazed terra cotta. Again it would have a similar appearance and would weather atmospheric pollution much better—witness the deterioration of the Woolworth Building, completely clad in glazed terracotta. An additional benefit of stove-enamel panels would be weight savings which would be considerable over the height of the proposed tower. But at the end of the day, I suppose it’s all about cachet rather than value for money.