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How to get the look of an opulent Nomad penthouse staged by ddc

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By Mimi OConnor  |
September 3, 2019 - 4:30PM

The condo's developer bought air rights to surrounding buildings to ensure unobstructed views for tenants. 

Evan Joseph Photography

When perusing New York City real estate listings, you'll see a lot of beautiful and high-priced apartments, decorated (naturally) with beautiful and high-priced furnishings. While you may not be able to afford that multi-million dollar condo, or everything in it, it is possible to steal a bit of that high style with the purchase of one chic, on-trend piece.

That's where our feature, "Shop This Space" comes in. In it, we highlight a pleasingly-appointed room in an apartment that would bust most New Yorkers' budget, find out how much the individual items are, and where you can get them. We’ve looked at a Williamsburg waterfront rental, a condo in Hudson Yardsa penthouse on the Upper East Side, and a Lower East Side one bedroom.

Now, we're headed to 277 Fifth Ave. in Nomad, a luxury 130-unit condo building designed by internationally renowned architect Rafael Viñoly, with prices starting at $2 million. 

The model unit, staged by ddc, is intended to feel sexy, sophisticated, warm and very open. "The dark, sumptuous tones and textures create a refined and opulent feel, while maintaining a sense of welcoming comfort, and warmth, a balance that is a hallmark of ddc," says Babak Hakakian, partner at ddc.

Love what you see? The ddc New York flagship is at 134 Madison Ave., and if you're looking for a price break of some kind (relatively speaking) the ddc outlet is located at 16 East 40th St.


A statement chandelier, $3,529

Gallotti & Radice Bolle Chandelier,

A high-end take on the popular globe form, this style also comes in different sizes, as well as single and three-globe table accent lamps. 


A dining table for a few or many, $8,856

Long Island Dining Table,

Designed by Giuseppe Bavuso, the table can expand to accommodate a dozen people. 



Unfussy chairs to go with it, $610

Emi dining chair,

These simple chairs have a handy zip-off fabric cover for easy cleaning.  



An substantial ottoman for seating or serving, $7608

Chester Moon pouf,

If you really like this quilted look, you can get a sofa and armchair in the style as well. 


Coffee tables in tempered glass and mixed metal, $2,390 (small); $3,730 (large) 

Haumea coffee table,

These mixed metal and glass tables come in different sizes and heights for varied uses.


A swivel chair with a small footprint, $4,422


This rotating chair, which has saddle leather on the back, also enables easy conversation. 


A standing lamp for reading or setting a mood, $3,060

Oscar floor lamp,

Its silhouette echoing the chandelier above, this lamp's globe is adjustable. 


An extra-long sofa with lots of pillows, $14,245

Anderson Quilt sofa,

The same sofa in two different fabrics anchor the large space. A stylish detail is Peltro color die-cast metal legs with anti-touch extra-glossy finish.


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Mimi OConnor

Contributing Writer

Mimi O’Connor has written about New York City real estate for publications that include Brick Underground, Refinery29, and Thrillist. She is the recipient of two awards from the National Association of Real Estate Editors for interior design and service journalism. Her writing on New York City, parenting, events, and culture has also appeared in Parents, Red Tricycle, BizBash, and Time Out New York.

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