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When it comes to lobby design, first impressions matter

It’s not just job interviews and first dates that call for making a good first impression. High-end residential buildings must exert the same favorable impact from the very first moment well-heeled prospective buyers stride into their grand lobbies. In many New York City buildings, architects and designers stop at nothing to generate gasp-worthy first looks […]

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When it comes to lobby design, first impressions matter
Explore the Wales, A beloved Neo-Renaissance building on the Upper East Side

Located one block from Central Park in the heart of Carnegie Hill at 1295 Madison Ave. and 92nd Street is The Wales, a historic Neo-Renaissance building that has defined the elegant landscape of the Upper East Side since 1899. Originally designed by architect Louis Korn, the building first opened its doors to the public in 1902 as the 92-room Hotel Chastaigneray. […]

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Explore the Wales, A beloved Neo-Renaissance building on the Upper East Side
Dive Into the World of PINTO: An Interview

Dive Into the World of PINTO: An Interview with the Renowned Design Agency’s Art Director Pietro Scaglione All around the globe, discerning luxury homeowners, hoteliers, and developers come to PINTO for bespoke, standout spaces. The Paris-based design agency founded by late legend Alberto Pinto has a rich history of decorating some of the most important homes, private […]

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Dive Into the World of PINTO: An Interview
To Find Space In A Historic New York Building, Look Up

Atop a landmarked Beaux-Arts building dating to the turn of the 20th century in Manhattan’s Carnegie Hill, a pavilion rises above the roof, its clean lines and vast windows unabashedly announcing this as a brand new luxury penthouse. The Wales Hotel was built in 1899 and operated as a hotel until recently, when it was converted […]

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To Find Space In A Historic New York Building, Look Up
Great Places To Live: Upper East Side

Upper East Side Living in the prestigious Upper East Side continues to attract home buyers who understand the enduring value of living between Central Park and the East River. Read more: https://walesny.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/4_14_22-Homes_SSf.pdf

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Great Places To Live: Upper East Side
Penthouse at The Wales

The sprawling full-floor Penthouse at The Wales, asking $23 million, spans 4,179 interior square feet with five bedrooms, five full baths and two striking powder rooms. A standout element of the prestigious residence, designed by acclaimed Parisian design firm Pinto, is an expansive 3,114 SF of outdoor space over two levels. Gracious outdoor entertaining spaces include a wraparound entertaining terrace and a separate roof terrace with Central Park views, an outdoor kitchen with a wet bar, a fireplace, and a butler’s pantry.

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Penthouse at The Wales
The Truth About Pinto, The Choice Design Firm For Celebrities And Billionaires

Paris-based design firm Pinto regularly appears in International headlines for its inspired originality. They’re known for decorating interiors from luxury office buildings, five-star hotels, and opulent residences to yachts and private jets.

The Pinto website describes how Moroccan-born Alberto Pinto studied at the École du Louvre in Paris, then pursued interior and architectural photography before opening his firm in New York City in the 1960s. After assignments for Condé Nast in Mexico, India, and other projects abroad, Pinto’s own apartment became his first decorating project. After fielding requests to design other interiors, he returned to Paris to open a design studio. Before he died in 2012, Pinto and his staff completed more than 500 projects in Paris, London, Marrakech, and New York, as well as Brazil, Egypt, and Switzerland.

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The Truth About Pinto, The Choice Design Firm For Celebrities And Billionaires
Meet The Designer Decking Out Yachts, Jets and Palaces for Billionaires

When their superyacht, private jet or presidential palace needs a zhuzh, the world’s richest call Pinto.

Since 1971, the lauded design firm founded by the Moroccan-born interior designer and photographer Alberto Pinto (who died in 2012) has completed more that 500 projects ranging from salons in Paris’s Elysée Palace, Italian noblewoman Marella Agnelli’s house in Marrakech and the swanky Lanesborough Hotel in London.

But it’s not every day that the European-focused firm makes its mark on NYC.

Recently, Pinto — now led by artistic director Pietro Scaglione and President Fahad Hariri — led the conversion of the historic Wales Hotel on the Upper East Side into luxury condominiums.

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Meet The Designer Decking Out Yachts, Jets and Palaces for Billionaires
Penthouse Atop Upper East Side’s Historic Former Hotel Wales Hits the Market for $23M

Capping the reinvention of the former Hotel Wales at 1295 Madison Avenue as luxury condominium residences, a newly-constructed 4,179-square-foot penthouse spanning the building’s highest floor has just arrived on the market. The $23,000,000 home in the Carnegie Hill Historic District contains five bedrooms and seven bathrooms; its biggest asset, however, may be the 3,114 square feet of wrap-around terraces on two levels with Central Park views, an outdoor kitchen with a wet bar, a fireplace, and a butler’s pantry.

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Penthouse Atop Upper East Side’s Historic Former Hotel Wales Hits the Market for $23M
Historic Hotel The Wales Converted to Condos

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

An old landmark hotel in the conservative and co-op-coated Carnegie Hill section of the Upper East Side is set to become (gasp!) condos.

But never fear, the building is attracting the same old well-heeled characters it always did.

Dating back to 1899 and located at 1295 Madison Ave. at 92nd Street, The Wales never had the elan of, say, the Carlyle or the Mark hotels. But, for more than a century, it quietly attracted and housed artists, the pre-Met Gala crowd, well-to-do Europeans and South Americans and, most of all, locals who sparkled over dinners at the hotel’s restaurant, Sarabeth’s.

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Historic Hotel The Wales Converted to Condos