The historic Standish Arms Hotel – famous for being Clark Kent’s Metropolis residence in the “Superman” comics – gets a new facelift. First designed by F.S. Lowe in 1903, the 12-story building with its historic brick, bay windows, terracotta lintels and limestone base, is being converted into condominiums by national real estate firm DDG, along with Westbrook Partners. Located in the heart of Brooklyn Heights, the storied prewar building is a perfect reflection of the beaux arts style popular at the time. Within walking distance to famed restaurants, boutiques, galleries and the renowned Promenade, The Standish’s presence is deeply connected to the cultural richness of one of the most established and dynamic neighborhoods in Brooklyn.
A seamless blend of old and new, The Standish has just revealed its stunning new interiors with the unveiling of a model home, a two-bedroom, two-bathroom residence priced at $2,435,000 million and furnished and accessorized in collaboration with acclaimed showroom and gallery Matter.
A welcome contrast to the neutral model homes typically presented in today’s luxury buildings, Residence 3C at The Standish serves to delight the eyes and engage the senses with the use of bold colors and patterns as well as structural furniture pieces and home accessories. Matter sought to create a contemporary Brooklyn style and aesthetic, drawing inspiration from the building’s history and turn-of-the-century style. The team assembled a foundation of classic materials such as brass, wood and marble, all of which reflect the finishes and materials incorporated into the actual design of the home by DDG, and then built upon this framework of warm neutrals by playing with texture and color in a way that feels contemporary and warm and adds a pop of vibrancy.
In its first model residence to date, Matter sought to incorporate a selection of pieces from its in-house Matter Made collection, Wherewithal and a number of other designers the team admires and routinely works with to create a cohesive narrative throughout the home.
Particularly standout items include a stunning multi-color glass lighting fixture by New York-based lighting and product designer Bec Brittain in the master bedroom, which creates a soothing ambiance as well as an artistic focal point in the room; a large custom Matter Made leather sofa that helps define the living room and create a cozy space perfect for entertaining; striking weavings by New Friends, a company founded by two women, add texture to the walls; and an elegant coat and umbrella stand by the acclaimed Apparatus Studio lends a feeling New York City cool to the entryway.