Because the wealthy enjoy collecting luxe items, they tend to focus on buying homes that offer enough spaces to store them. Think: walk-in closets and five-car garages. But as more and more one-percenters are getting into the art collection game, their homes must also be able to offer the right environment to display their artsy wares.
A recent Bloomberg article notes that the latest trend for home buyers is requesting properties with lots of wall space — not windows. One New York City real estate agent said her client went so far as to consult with his art advisor on which apartment he should choose to buy — ultimately choosing a space based less on neighborhood, and more on which was best suited to show-off his trophies.
Ian Schrager, famed American developer, coined the phase “art walls” — blank walls on which art should reside — on blueprints for his latest New York City project at 160 Leroy.
“These are walls large enough and with high ceilings that can accommodate the large paintings of modern art, as well as art from other periods,” he told Bloomberg, “It also allows for a visually prominent display with appropriate lighting.”
Many new development projects make sure every grand room has at least one wall for art display. They are also featuring walls constructed similarly to those in actual galleries to make hanging art a breeze, along with wider service elevators so unwieldy pieces of art can get into units without a hassle.
Properties must now not only have adequate wall real estate to display paintings but must also offer the right temperature and climate for the art to flourish. Too much direct sun or dry air conditions could negatively affect pricey works. Building designers (many of whom are art collectors) are keeping this in mind and creating hallways and interior walls free from direct sunlight. Many properties are also equipped with built-in humidifiers.
It seems that the sun is not only the enemy of New Yorkers dreading wrinkles, it is also the enemy of the art collector!