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As Seen in AD: Contemporary New York City Living

Updated: May 19, 2021

Designer Stephen Volpe

Nowhere is space quite so coveted than on the island of Manhattan. When it comes to New York City, every square foot matters. And because of this, great design is not simply a focal point, it’s often a necessity.

Maiden Stone was thrilled to collaborate with acclaimed interior designer Steven Volpe and his team to bring two separate Manhattan-based projects to life. Both projects were complex and pushed the envelope on modern design. Volpe’s work on these two properties were published in Architectural Digest where he was also recognized on AD’s esteemed list in the world of design and architecture: the AD100, now in its fourth decade.

“It was such an honor and a pleasure to work with Steven Volpe and his team on these designs.” Maiden Stone’s founder Sandra Jonas Desguin said. “He has a way of blending contemporary style with comfortable, relaxed living.”

Both designs feature the Winchester limestone, a grey stone that is almost as quiet as concrete, a popular trend in modern design. But unlike manufactured concrete, it’s a natural material. It cannot be ‘perfected’ in the same way concrete can by being smoothed over before taking its final shape. As Jonas Desguin describes, “Winchester walks a fine line between perfection and nature.” When projects get value engineered, it’s not uncommon for clients to opt for concrete instead for its flexibility and ease of use. It takes a certain eye and a level of determination to achieve that same look in stone.

As seen in Architectural Digest; Design Steven Volpe; Architect Lee Skolnick

Photography by Thomas Loof; Styling Michael Reynolds

For the Midtown penthouse, Volpe was challenged with creating a family home in the sky — a sprawling 10,000 square-foot apartment in one of Manhattan’s newest and most notable skyscrapers. Craftsmanship and an acute attention to detail define the soaring space. Winchester was one of several materials used to add dimension and grandeur to the home.

Both projects offered a glimpse into Volpe’s talent for marrying the old with the new, from the stone floors of the penthouse’s entry hall that feather into the wood floors of the living room to the transformation of a historic townhome into a stunning modern home.

“We started working with Steven and his team about six years ago, and we love every opportunity to collaborate,” Jonas Desguin said. “It’s incredibly humbling to be part of his projects and to play a small role in bringing his unique visions to life — or, as we like to say, realized dreams in stone.”

Featured Stone:

Historic New York Townhouse View Photos

  • Winchester Interior flooring and stairs – Matte Honed

  • Winchester Exterior paving – Pumiced

Midtown Penthouse: View Photos

  • Winchester in Honed interior flooring

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