Apartment tour: 2BR penthouse, West Village

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  • Photograph: Lizz Kuehl

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    Kushner applied a form of Manhattan bedrock to the walls, infusing his formerly drab entrance with some real NYC grit. He also installed ceramic subway tiles, and replaced the front door with an authentic subway door salvaged from the MTA depot. "The whole apartment is meant to be a physical entrance and visual exit into and out of the city," he says.

  • Photograph: Lizz Kuehl

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    Kushner applied a form of Manhattan bedrock to the walls, infusing his formerly drab entrance with some real NYC grit. He also installed ceramic subway tiles, and replaced the front door with an authentic subway door salvaged from the MTA depot. "The whole apartment is meant to be a physical entrance and visual exit into and out of the city," he says.

  • Photograph: Lizz Kuehl

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    Kushner applied a form of Manhattan bedrock to the walls, infusing his formerly drab entrance with some real NYC grit. He also installed ceramic subway tiles, and replaced the front door with an authentic subway door salvaged from the MTA depot. "The whole apartment is meant to be a physical entrance and visual exit into and out of the city," he says.

  • Photograph: Lizz Kuehl

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    An open glass-shelf system Kushner designed spans one wall of the apartment, and is illuminated by the sunshine seeping through a glass catwalk on the roof directly above. "We're not afraid of showing off what we eat, read, do, use," says Kushner. "It's the stuff that fills in our lives."

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    All of the wood floor and wall paneling is reclaimed lumber from the building's original roof, which Kushner removed during the renovation. "It's meant to be very enveloping and very encompassing," Kushner says of the hundred-year-old southern fir, which he used to evoke the earth.

  • Photograph: Lizz Kuehl

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    Kushner constructed the upstairs master bedroom/sleep loft to resemble "a giant cloud that's sort of settled on this building"---hence the all-white design and airy, ethereal theme. "A bedroom should be feel pure and safe and comfortable," he says.

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    For the upstairs reading nook, adjacent to the freestanding shower and his wife's home office, Kushner selected a white midcentury chair from White on White (whiteonwhite.com). The floor beneath is made of screwed-together deli cutting boards from ENT Plastics, which Kushner chose for their ability to stand up to abuse.

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    Kushner designed a multipurpose plunge bath for the living room. The Mexican beach-stone-lined pool functions as a hot tub, shower, calming fountain and onetime baby bath for his kids.

  • Photograph: Lizz Kuehl

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    To represent fire, Kushner found a wok in a now-closed Chinatown shop called L and T Fabricators, which can be used as a fire pit. It sits atop a large piece of reclaimed lumber and below two fertility figures, one of which he and his wife found on his West Village street. "We had twins," he laughs, "so they seem to have worked."

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    "When we were thinking about furniture, we [wanted to create] a sensual, tactile experience," says Kushner. The custom-made settee, upholstered in velvet, is from Zarin Fabrics. (Yeah, the one that's co-owned by Jill Zarin, unjustifiably famous Real Housewives of New York City.)

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    A series of stainless-steel boxes on the living room wall features souvenirs, like an antique Greek door knocker from the Kushners' extensive travels abroad. "These knickknacks remind us of places that we've been beyond these four walls."

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    "The whole world is out there, but neighbors aren't close enough to really see in," Kushner says of his freestanding shower and glass-bottom bathtub, which offer stunning views of the West Village.

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    Kushner and his family frequently entertain in their open-air kitchen, where food is served family-style from the stainless-steel--and-marble island. "The space was meant to be communal, and it really works well," he says.

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    A pair of salvaged subway doors from the MTA depot cost only $50 each [http://www.mta.info/nyct/materiel/collectsales/index.html], and they conceal a walk-in closet, infusing the pristine, penny-tiled master bedroom with authentic NYC grit. (A subway door also acts as the front entrance of the apartment.) Kushner loves the faint traces of graffiti and the large pockmark on one of the doors. "I like to pretend that it's a bullet hole," he says.

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    CB2 acrylic tripod easel, $179, at CB2, 451 Broadway at Grand St (212-219-1454, cb2.com)

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    Brass free-standing bathroom magazine rack, $85, at overstock.com

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    UncommonGoods nesting shoe rack, $150, at uncommongoods.com

  • Photograph: Ka Yeung

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    The Container Store acrylic necklace keeper, $20, at the Container Store, locations throughout the city, visit containerstore.com

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    SCAD Working Class Studio The Tucker Collection acrylic lamp, $110, at homeremedynyc.com

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    The Container Store single and double acrylic shelves, $13--$25 each, at the Container Store, locations throughout the city; visit containerstore.com

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    Umbra Banu bath mat, $48, at umbra.com

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    CB2 NYC paper place mats, 25 for $10, at CB2, 451 Broadway at Grand St (212-219-1454, cb2.com)

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    Z Gallerie Portico mirror, $269, at zgallerie.com

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

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    Studio Vertu NYC clock, $38, at Peoria Emporium, 25 E 20th St between Broadway and Park Ave South (212-777-3140, peoriaemporium.com)

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    Rooftops outlet cover, $24, at Anthropologie, locations throughout the city, visit anthropologie.com

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    Kartell Usame table, $300, at yliving.com

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    Z Gallerie Fiona vases, $40 each, at zgallerie.com

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    Screencraft Tileworks Brooklyn coasters, four for $42, at Annie's Blue Ribbon General Store, 365 State St at Bond St, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn (718-522-9848, blueribbongeneralstore.com)

Photograph: Lizz Kuehl

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Kushner applied a form of Manhattan bedrock to the walls, infusing his formerly drab entrance with some real NYC grit. He also installed ceramic subway tiles, and replaced the front door with an authentic subway door salvaged from the MTA depot. "The whole apartment is meant to be a physical entrance and visual exit into and out of the city," he says.

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