High-Floor Heaven: Ghislaine Viñas and David Hotson's Whimsical Downtown Penthouse

A structural column and beams, all original, along with a Jae Hoon Lee photograph, appoint the entry hall. Photography by Eric Laignel.

The penthouse sits on the top of a steel-framed 1896 building; just above the original copper cornice, a slender walkway accessible from the apartment’s terrace offers 360-degree views of the city. Photography by Eric Laignel.

A ceramic sculpture by Tim Berg & Rebekah Myers, a photograph by Jill Greenberg, and a Jaime Hayon armchair furnish one end of the dining area. Photography by Eric Laignel.

A custom swing by UM Project and a Robert Rauschenberg intaglio are at the threshold to the kitchen, where stools by Jonathan Nesci line the glass-topped island. Photography by Eric Laignel.

A breakfast-area chair’s stitching by Viñas. Photography by Eric Laignel.

A cutout around the staircase, edged in polished steel. Photography by Eric Laignel.

At the elevator entry, a Cayce Zavagliaem broidery and marble flooring, which switches to bleached maple throughout. Photography by Eric Laignel.

The breakfast area’s Mike & Maaike table, Eero Saarinen chairs, Tim Fishlock chandelier, and ceramic-plate installation by Viñas. Photography by Eric Laignel.

A chandelier by Barovier & Toso hangs over the custom headboard in the master bedroom, which the owners’ two felines enter from their own catwalk. Photography by Eric Laignel.

The master bathroom features porcelain-tile flooring and an entire wall of lacquered-MDF storage. Photography by Eric Laignel.

Jason Rogenes’s pendant fixture floats above the dining area’s custom UM Project table and Antonio Citterio chairs. Photography by Eric Laignel.

The library, which adjoins the master suite, has a wool-covered sofa by Frighetto. Photography by Eric Laignel.

A daybed is nestled next to a dormer window in one of the three guest bedrooms, all of which are on the apartment’s third floor. Photography by Eric Laignel.

The pattern of the hand-screened wallpaper in the master bedroom is by Dan Funderburgh. Photography by Eric Laignel.

A peephole in the shower of the same guest bathroom framing a view of the Chrysler Building. Photography by Eric Laignel.

The bridge leads to another guest room. Photography by Eric Laignel.

The medicine cabinet in one of the two guest bathrooms is set into a dormer window and, when open, a peephole in its back reveals a glimpse of Brooklyn. Photography by Eric Laignel.

Viñas’s daughters, Mia Soleil and Saskia Luna, sit in the entry to the slide, which begins in the fourth-floor attic. Photography by Eric Laignel.

The slide has several acrylic windows along its 80-foot length. Photography by Eric Laignel.

It winds through one of the guest rooms. Photography by Eric Laignel.

A Todd Sel by photograph of interior designerJacques Grange hangs above the bed in another guest room. Photography by Eric Laignel.

The digital wallpaper mural Ever land, by DFC and David Franco and inspired by Michael Jackson’s ranch, was produced in a custom size for the room. Photography by Eric Laignel.

Looking 45 feet down from the fourth floor. Photography by Eric Laignel.

The climbing-wall harness and footholds, both secured to steel beams. Photography by Eric Laignel.

The balcony’s built-in seating, upholstered in cotton chintz. Photography by Eric Laignel.

The 1,500-square-foot terrace off the kitchen. Photography by Eric Laignel.

The attic with cotton-covered floor cushions and Jon-Paul Kaiser’s fiberglass sculpture. Photography by Eric Laignel.

The balcony, nicknamed the nest, has balustrades of tempered glass. The harness and foot holds were installed because the husband in the client couple recently began climbing lessons. Photography by Eric Laignel.

One of the clients’ vintage typewriters. Photography by Eric Laignel.

The view up from the first-floor stairwell takes in the glass bridge on the third floor. Photography by Eric Laignel.

The slide twisting through the library. Photography by Eric Laignel.

In a New York penthouse by David Hotson Architect and Ghislaine Viñas Interior Design, the bottom of a custom stainless-steel slide, which runs through the apartment’s four floors, opens onto the dining area. Photography by Eric Laignel.

Front’s equine lamp overlooks the living area, where a quilted sofa by Paola Navone, a sectional by Pier Luigi Frighetto, and leather-upholstered armchairs surround a custom table by UM Project. Photography by Eric Laignel.

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE. Photography by Eric Laignel.

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE. Photography by Eric Laignel.

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE. Photography by Eric Laignel.

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE. Photography by Eric Laignel.

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE. Photography by Eric Laignel.

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE. Photography by Eric Laignel.

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE. Photography by Eric Laignel.

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE. Photography by Eric Laignel.

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE. Photography by Eric Laignel.

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE. Photography by Eric Laignel.

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE. Photography by Eric Laignel.

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