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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
On the Market: New York, New York

The Carnegie Hill neighborhood near Central Park has long been considered one of Manhattan’s most iconic and desirable locations. One of the only new-construction listings in the neighborhood to come to market in recent years, The Wales is a pre-war building that has been completely stored with modern, luxe interiors and all the latest technology. 

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On the Market: New York, New York
Sales Commence at The Wales, a Historically-Significant NY Institution Reimagined by Adellco

Today Adellco formally announces the launch of sales for the condominium residences at The Wales, a 10-story historic building located at 1295 Madison Avenue. The Wales offers a modern take on landmark-living, moments away from Central Park in the heart of Carnegie Hill, a beloved neighborhood on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

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Sales Commence at The Wales, a Historically-Significant NY Institution Reimagined by Adellco
The Wales Debuts From $3.85M; Travel Exec Breaks Miami Record Twice

Developer Adellco has launched sales at The Wales, a conversion of the former Hotel Wales that comprises 21 graciously sized luxury two- to five-bedroom residences in Manhattan’s vaunted Carnegie Hill enclave. With interiors by French firm Cabinet Alberto Pinto, the condominiums at The Wales feature herringbone oak flooring, Art Deco-inspired kitchen cabinetry, and an assortment of marbles, including Bianco Carrara and Grigio Nicole, that appear in the primary bathroom.

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The Wales Debuts From $3.85M; Travel Exec Breaks Miami Record Twice
Sales Launch at The Wales, an Uber Luxury Condominium Inside a Historic Renovated Hotel in Carnegie Hill

Sales launched at The Wales, an uber luxury condominium inside the former Hotel Wales, a historic New York hotel in Carnegie Hill. Pinto, France’s premier design firm founded by the late Alberto Pinto, designed the interiors of the residences and common spaces at the 10-story historic structure located at 1295 Madison Avenue (corner of 92nd & Madison). The neo-Renaissance facade circa 1899 was restored in the conversion from the former hotel.

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Sales Launch at The Wales, an Uber Luxury Condominium Inside a Historic Renovated Hotel in Carnegie Hill
The Wales Brings to Market Rare Carnegie Hill Condos That Channel Old New York

A venerable Carnegie Hill hotel is getting its second life as…you guessed it, upscale condos. The landmarked Hotel Wales, to be simply known as The Wales, has officially begun sales on 21 graciously-scaled two- to four-bedroom residences. The Upper East Side’s ultra-luxury market has been going gangbusters as of late, as condos with grand layouts and faint traditional flourishes have been sought-after by the very-well-heeled.

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The Wales Brings to Market Rare Carnegie Hill Condos That Channel Old New York
Landmarked New York Hotel Reimagined as Modern Residences

A piece of New York City history is also one of its newest residential addresses.

The Wales, formerly the Hotel Wales, is a 10-story conversion project in the Carnegie Hill Historic District on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Paris-based Cabinet Alberto Pinto is behind the design of the condo building, with New York-based Adellco as the developer.

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Landmarked New York Hotel Reimagined as Modern Residences