Behind the Design of Jon Stewart’s Former Tribeca Penthouse
There's a turquoise-shelved library and chalkboard-wall kitchen, making for a fun and stylish home.
Published May 9, 2017 5:15 PM
Jon Stewart’s onetime Tribeca penthouse was designed, according to Monique Gibson who created the space along with A-list architect Joel Barkley, to be “a tranquil environment” where he and his family could “be creative without too much ‘visual noise’ or distraction.” Stewart sold the home back in 2014, but it’s now back on the market for $20 million, and it retains many of the details that Gibson created.
Listing agent Leonard Steinberg says, “This home boasts the rare distinction of being both extremely chic and practical. The scale is extraordinary for Manhattan, yet the light-filled rooms are perfectly proportioned and detailed without being fussy.”
Stewart purchased the 6,000-square-foot loft in 2005—back when it was just an open, raw space—and helped transform it into what it is today: a stylish duplex penthouse equipped with five bedrooms, five bathrooms, a foyer, powder room, and a killer terrace.
Gibson writes on her website that the children had a pretty big hand in the design of their lair. The paint colors in the daughter’s room, coral and aqua, were carried into the children’s library, which has deep turquoise shelves.
To liven up the home’s neutral palette—outside of the kids’ rooms, there was a “no color” rule—Gibson took care to layer in lots warming textures and materials. For the minimalist kitchen, she incorporated shelving made from live-edge reclaimed wood and a chalkboard backsplash for some unexpected fun. “There is always a cup of white chalk on hand for writing or drawing on the wall,” she notes.
The airy abode is brimming with whimsical moments, including the sleek lower level guest room, which offers colorful wallpaper, coffered ceilings, and oversized windows with views of St. John’s Park.
A private stairway leads directly to the apartment’s 1,200-square-foot rooftop terrace, where you’ll find plenty of party-friendly amenities—landscaping, lounge patios, and an observation deck—as well as sweeping views of the downtown skyline.
“The duplex creates two moods for the apartment,” Steinberg explains, “one urban and the other more rustic because of the outdoor area. It’s as if you have a country home and a city home all in one.”