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Redefining Luxury for the World’s Finest Residences

 

A globally renowned legacy brand, famed for iconic design and quality; Smallbone is the world’s finest luxury kitchen and bespoke furniture maker. With these accreditations, the British brand is the preferred partner of many of the world’s most distinguished property developers, interior designers and architects. 

Since 2005, Smallbone has been creating unique furniture for the prestigious and prominent buildings in New York City’s iconic skyline, using our vast experience to bring inspiration, creativity, skill and commitment to each project – from conception through to completion. We draw on our wealth of expertise in understanding and meeting the aspirational needs of high-net worth individuals in their luxurious private homes to create unparalleled bespoke furniture solutions for development projects; whether it’s a boutique scheme or a large-scale, multi-unit venture. 

Smallbone works closely with clients to fully understand their needs and desires. This truly collaborative approach ensures that carefully considered bespoke design are conceived for each unique project. Developers know that working with Smallbone is a mark of quality that discerning potential buyers will instantly recognise, reinforcing the care and attention to detail that they have taken in creating their schemes. 

A design pioneer with craft at our heart, Smallbone has been meticulously handmaking furniture for more than 40 years. Today, we continue to innovate; creating unique schemes to exacting standards from our workshop in the UK’s Wiltshire countryside – combining traditional artisan skills with state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment. The latest robotic woodworking machinery works alongside time-honoured craft to produce furniture for the most prestigious addresses around the world; designed for any conceivable space within the home – from kitchens to bathrooms, wine rooms to boot rooms, living rooms, bedrooms, and libraries alike. 

111 West 57th Street

Known as both ‘111 West 57th Street’ and ‘The Steinway Tower’, this remarkable building defies all previous norms set for Supertalls, thanks to its 1:24 height-to-width ratio. So notable was its pioneering design and engineering, that a PBS documentary was made to record the challenges and successes during its creation.

Standing at 1,442ft, SHOP Architects’ stunning design is a prominent yet elegant addition to New York City’s skyline, beautifully feathered and with 46 full-floor and duplex residences. At its base, the building emerges from the historic 16-story Neoclassical Steinway Hall, that has now been appointed with 14 stunning, newly imagined apartments within.

SMALLBONE partnered and worked tirelessly with Sofield Studio to develop and inform the styling, design language and materials for the magnificent kitchens for both elements of the structure. 

Each and every aspect has been meticulously handcrafted and detailed to respect and do justice to the masterful conversion and the classically modern marvel above. Grey custom-stained base cabinets anchor each kitchen, merging comfortably with the exquisite Herringbone flooring, just as Steinway Hall anchors the Tower. 

The wall-mounted furniture celebrates the graceful Bronze and Terracotta detailing that is seen on the contours where 111 touches the sky. Working with experts from the automotive and aeronautical industries, these cabinets were custom crafted to achieve sustainable shape and form, something not easily achieved from natural timbers and veneers.  

Gracious concave curves with convex metallic stanchions, hand-finished in a Venetian plaster effect provide a rich lustre with textural movement, constantly changing in appearance as natural light passes across the full height windows and day turns to night.

In select apartments, combining the stained wood, metallic elements and the scalloped motif, a truly glamorous suspended display element was designed and delivered to sit majestically above the islands with gold tone Quartz countertops.

Pushing boundaries once again, Smallbone’s glass artisans partnered with their counterparts in the metal works team to create curved glass doors, mounted on concealed, bespoke pivot hinges, that open and close with the lightest of touch.

A well-respected commentator spoke of the completed kitchens in their grey timber and plaster finishes as having the appearance of well-worn piano keys, in reverence to Steinway & Sons on whose foundations they sit. At Smallbone, we are flattered by that analogy and to have partnered to achieve such an appropriate synergy.


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