Its 181 luxury apartments, state-of-the-art amenities and proximity to New York’s High Line have meant that Lantern House has been gratifyingly well documented, both online and in print media.
Yet, more than just a new development of luxury apartments, our latest project feels indicative of two broader trends, that are not only shaping the world of architecture and interior design – but are also influencing how we interpret “luxury” today.
Firstly, comfort is critical in a world where the boundaries between life, work and play are increasingly blurred.
Secondly, where once “wellness” was a tick-box exercise in adding a treatment room or simple “spa”, now we expect our physical and mental wellbeing to be a consideration – everywhere.
Put simply: the best luxury interior design comes down to how it makes people feel – not just what it looks like.
In response to these very macro trends, we created Experience-Centric Design: a forward-thinking strategic design process that acknowledges the high-speed nature of modern luxury within spaces that start – not simply finish – with the user in mind.
But what does this actually mean, in practice?
At the beginning of every project, we ask ourselves a series of key questions that relate to its end-user – just as if they were a character in a story: “Would they sit in this chair”, “What cocktail would they drink at the bar?”, “How would they like to feel when they walk through the door of their home?” and “How might the person actively invest in their wellbeing on a daily basis? In answering these types of questions, we tap into the inhabitant’s mind-set, so that each project becomes a human-centred design story – rather than a purely aesthetic one.
With its seamless integration of a lobby, library, spa and wellness centre (complete with infra-red sauna and Equinox Gym), a co-working lounge, a garden dotted with maple and magnolia trees, as well as luxury residences, Lantern House has been designed to meet the emotional – as well as the practical – needs of all those who live there.
So, here’s 3 important ways Experience-Centric Design helped bring Lantern House to life for its residents, guests and the surrounding community.