Monthly Archives: October 2012

YouTube Cofounder Steve Chen’s Penthouse for Sale

steve chen youtube penthouse

Gotta love those techies.

YouTube co-founder Steve Chen has listed his penthouse inside the Ritz Carlton Residences (equipped with 24/7 concierge and a gym) in San Francisco for $8 million, according to The Wall Street Journal. Complete with a fully furnished roof deck, the two-story, 3,063-square-foot pad has two-bedrooms and 2.5 baths. Chen spent 21 months working with architect Joel Sander to turn the condo into a “tech lovers dream home,” including installing a glass wall between the master bedroom and bath that turns from clear to frosted at the touch of a button, according to Curbed SF.

Chen purchased the pad in 2007 for $4.85 million, when it was “just an empty shell,” according to the WSJ. The living room has a large sectional and a bar for entertaining, but Chen said his “favorite part of the home” were the 3 TVs located here. My favorite part is the minimalistic kitchen with beautiful white and wood accents and walls. His office with blue accents is pretty baller as well. Chen is selling this amazing place because he just has a 2nd child and his family needs more space. Check out the photo tour below!

The Ritz Front Entrance

Welcome to the Ritz Carlton Residences in downtown San Francisco.

Chen purchased the pad in 2007 for $4.85 million, when it was

The living room has three TVs, which Chen said were his

Chen is selling because he just had a second child, and his family needs more space.

The kitchen is very minimalistic with its combination of white and wood accents and walls.

This room has a very serene vibe to it.

The living room is a prime spot for entertaining. With a large sectional and a bar, there's plenty of places for your guests to sit.

We love the lighting and the fireplace in this room.

With the purchase of the residence comes access to the hotel's 24/7 concierge service.

The high ceilings really open the place up.

The home incorporates a lot of wood into the design.

The master bedroom has views of the south. And in the master bath, there are lava-rock floors.

The roof deck is fully furnished.

The apartment has views of the San Francisco Bay, the East Bay, Twin Peaks and Nob Hill.

You also have access to the hotel's gym.

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Iris Apfel at Stark Carpet

Iris Apfel at Stark Carpet

The Stark office has been busy since I left for India…Check out Quintessence‘s post about our Iris Apfel Market Week event below!

One of the final events at fall market was hearing the legendary Iris Apfel speak at Stark Carpet. In her interview with Huffington Post Style Senior Editor Brie Dyas, the “accidental icon” shared many of her experiences and opinions on style and design.

Iris Apfel at Stark Carpet

As many of you know, she and her husband Carl were the founders of Old World Weavers, now part of Stark and this anecdote is an entertaining tidbit about one of their more illustrious clients. A little treat to start your weekend off in style. Enjoy!

Watch the whole interview below.

Iris Apfel at Stark Carpet from Quintessence on Vimeo.

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My 1st International Business Trip

INDIA!!

I hope I’ll have time to see the Taj Mahal!

I have dreamed of going to India ever since I missed my high school sponsored ‘educational’ trip over New Years 2008…now this dream is finally coming true.

I leave for India tomorrow, October 6th 2012, for what promises to be an incredible learning experience. Stark manufactures and buys many handmade rugs in India, so my 10-day trip will be packed with business activities 24/7. I fly into New Delhi for a night, but am spending the majority of my time in Varanasi where I will be visiting different Rug vendors on Stark’s behalf. The pictures I take of all the beautiful rug samples will be incredible! Good thing I just bought this camera

I might be heading to China for 2 days from Varanasi to meet with a carpet mill but I’m having some issues with my Visa right now…That’s what I get for waiting until the last minute! #idiot

I’ll try to post an update on my blog during the trip with some cool pictures of the culture and maybe some new products. Can’t wait to learn more about the rug business in India and how different the culture is there!

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Luxurious Penthouse in NYC with great views

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again…THIS is the type of apartment I dream of living in.

This is what you get when you take a 5,000 square foot space and give it to the architects Beyer Blinder Belle and Costas Kondylis – an exclusive five bedroom duplex penthouse located in New York. This apartment is evidence that Manhattan is definitely the most coquette and chic place to be. Nearby Central Park, in a residential skyscraper  called Park Laurel, this apartment has stunning 360 degrees views of  Manhattan’s architectural horizon! I guess it’s awesomeness justifies the $26.5 million sale price

High ceilings, large windows and an exquisite selection of elements of décor adorn this place, giving to it a vibrant touch of elegance. A subtle choice of neutral colors, the smart mix of glass reflecting the outside view, elements of contemporary art, and an imposing fireplace are just some of the incredible aspects in this dream home. Besides the incredible precise care towards details, the central and the accurate furniture alignments, everything seems dramatically extended: from ceilings to the panoramic sight of NYC. Here is a testimonial of a broker that knows this property very well:

“This trophy property offers luxury at every turn and jaw dropping 360 degree park & skyline views from every window.”

via Luxurious Penthouse in the City of Fascination, NYC.


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