Interior Designer Cyril Vergniol Says Goodbye to Cookie-Cutter Apartments

The French designer brings an artsy, eclectic approach to two model units in New York’s latest skyscraper at 200 East 59th Street.

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From Macklowe Properties, the developer that brought us 432 Park Avenue, the tallest residential tower in the Western Hemisphere, comes a 35-story white layer cake of a skyscraper on the Upper East Side. Macklowe’s latest addition to its New York City portfolio, 200 East 59th Street, on Third Avenue, is pristine, modern, and more modestly priced than its sister tower a few avenues over. With 67 residences, wraparound terraces, and column-free walls of floor-to-ceiling glass, the building offers expansive views of New York City—something a condo built in 2019 cannot be without.

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The exterior of Macklowe Properties’ 200 East 59th Street.
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Developer Harry Macklowe, who has worked with the likes of Elle Decor A-List architects Rafael Viñoly and Deborah Berke, has a knack for innovation and isn’t shy about pushing the limits of design and embracing a bold aesthetic. Cue French interior designer Cyril Vergniol, who Macklowe enlisted to furnish two model units on the building’s 22nd floor. Although it was his first model apartment, Vergniol’s approach is bold and eclectic, like his work in the renovated Hôtel de Crillon in Paris, mi custom-designed pieces with vintage furniture, antiques from Africa, and contemporary art. He sought to create a space that defies the cookie-cutter luxury interiors we’ve become inured to. “When you step inside the apartment, you can’t pinpoint a particular designer,” Vergniol says. “Instead, the space is more personal.”

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A living room, designed by Cyril Vergniol, in one of the model units at 200 East 59th Street.
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For one of the guest bedrooms, Vergniol took inspiration from the Surrealist movement and designed a custom headboard, upholstered in a Dedar blue velvet, in the shape of a human profile. He then hand-painted two eyes on the surrounding wall area, creating a playful trompe l’oeil effect.

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A Surrealist-inspired guest bedroom, designed by Cyril Vergniol, features a custom headboard upholstered in a Dedar blue velvet.
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Both units feature similarly thoughtful design elements that are anything but pablum—like a sculptural wall made in plaster bas relief, a custom oxidized-bronze dining table with vintage Swedish chairs, and an 18th-century tapestry that was cut and framed. “I imagined that the people living in the apartment have an eclectic taste,” Vergniol says. “Like a couple working in design or fashion.” With the original Bloomingdale’s store directly across the street, Vergniol’s vision might come to be.

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An antique French sconce hangs on a sculptural wall composed of plaster bas relief.
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