Baccarat is the most well known name in glass; they have been perfecting their stunning art since the days of Louis XV. Barry Sternlicht is the founder of the Starwood Capital Group, which acquired Baccarat in 2005 and started developing it into a lifestyle brand in 2008. The brand is launching a sleek 50-story tower with a great location on W.53rd Street near the Museum of Modern Art. The entire project reportedly cost over $400 million and is said to be the brainchild of Sternlicht. There is no doubt that this hotel is the epitome of luxury, as when you walk in, you see Baccarat chandeliers hanging from the 40- foot ceilings. The hotel will feature a crystal bar and a Parisian terrace reminiscent of the Tuileries Garden.
The interiors of this massive project have been designed and created by Tony Ingrao, who worked to ensure each detail was perfect. The residences have been divided into 61 condominiums, one to five bedroom homes on floors 18 to 49, three duplexes, four full residences and one duplex penthouse.
The living rooms for each of these residences are a vision, filled with natural light coming through from 10 or 14 feet floor-to-ceiling windows. Perfectly complementing this open space is a signature baccarat piece that lights up the living space. White oak solid wood floors have been finished with an ebony mahogany stain to add a level of hominess to this artistic modern design.
No home is complete without a kitchen, and Baccarat provides you with one that is every chef’s dream. Sleek white iceberg granite counters are complimented with high gloss lacquer cabinets and stainless steel panels with polished nickel frames. The kitchens are also, of course, equipped with the latest state-of-the-art appliances.
Imagine sitting in a bathtub with a flute of champagne looking out at all of Manhattan; the bathrooms in the Baccarat Hotels and Residences can make this happen. Lido white marble vanities complete this sophisticated bathroom.
Of course, the pinnacle of the Baccarat Residences is the five-bedroom penthouse duplex, which is much like a dream come true, with its floating fireplace and wet bar. The penthouse opens out onto a double-height loggia, which affords views of midtown and Central Park.
The duplex residences feature custom-designed Lido white marble staircases with glass railings. Two of the three duplexes even feature an extensive private terrace that affords the city’s views that never sleep. Homes in this opulent tower will range from $3.5 million for a one-bedroom to $60 million for a duplex.
The Baccarat lifestyle affords access to 24-hour concierge, home maintenance and personal shopping services, and priority access at the Gilles & Boissier designed Baccarat restaurant, spa, fitness center, and pool.