Gisue Hariri and Mojgan Hariri have designed this UN-Private apartment interior design. "To live with the artwork all around them, the home had to be designed around the artwork." So goes the grand idea behind the design of these two adjoining New York apartments located in a 1971 tower halfway across town from Museum of Modern Art. The Hariri sisters (of Hariri & Hariri—Architecture) are responsible for putting together the works of Damien Hirst, Phillipe Starck and Shirin Neshat in the same home harmoniously.
Given the International Style building's rigid structural grid and 9-foot ceilings, the overall openness is all the more impressive. The apartment may have been conceived as a gallery for contemporary art, however the result is child-friendly, practical, and tactile. Frosted-glass partitions—most are actually sliding doors—admit sunshine while maintaining privacy. Light fixtures are effective yet well hidden.