The Manhattan penthouse of designer Michael S. Smith and HBO executive James Costos, which Smith renovated with Oscar Shamamian of Ferguson & Shamamian Architects, brims with Francophile touches. The living room’s Louis XVI–style gilt-wood fauteuils, upholstered in a Jasper fabric, bracket a Japanese lacquer robe chest on a stand; the painting, mounted on the wall of antiqued mirror, is by Philip Taaffe, and the Aubusson is Louis XV.
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From the open-air balcony, you can see the skyscrapers of Shinjuku and Roppongi, as well as the landmark Tokyo Tower. The other three penthouses, however, have bigger bragging rights: They offer coveted views of the Imperial Palace Gardens.