Wabi-Sabi modesty in wealthy Manhattan


Since the penthouse on top of Robert De Niro’s (and other partners) Greenwich Hotel in Tribeca, New York City, opened its doors last May, American and European newspapers all had to report about this remarkable Wabi-Sabi inspired 6,800-square-foot hotel amenity. On Pinterest, pictures of this project are actively pinned and re-pinned.

Belgian decorator and antiques dealer Axel Vervoordt, who wrote the book Wabi Inspirations, was enlisted to design  a penthouse hotel suite based on the principles of wabi-sabi, a philosophy that embraces quietude, simplicity and humility.

Axel used natural materials and time-worn objects that evoke the essence of this Japanese philosophy.

A wabi-sabi inspired interior needs furnishings that look rustic, showing signs of age. The wabi-sabi spirit stands for imperfection and elimination of inessentials. As each piece has to be carefully selected, Axel and his team spent years to find the ‘im-perfect’ penthouse furnishings.

All used materials such as the massive fireplace stones, the weathered wood, the rough plastered and painted walls, evoke the impression staying at a farm house somewhere in the countryside, far away from the city.

Anyone who can afford a few days stay at the wabi-sabi inspired hotel penthouse, is invited to experience the luxury of silence and emptiness.


Wabi atmosphere in the living room.  Massive fireplace stone. View towards the kitchen.

15Image source  Chris Pitanguy    Photo credit Andrey Furmanovich


Dining room.

16Image source The Hollywood Reporter    Photo credit Nicholas Koenig


The master bedroom.

21Image source  Chris Pitanguy    Photo credit Andrey Furmanovich


The bathroom consists of an antique timber frame and a tub that is made from a 17th-century farm trough.

20Image source  Chris Pitanguy    Photo credit Andrey Furmanovich


The drawing room with the textured walls and neutral color palette.

19Image source Vanity Fair    Photo credit David Prince


Flowers and branches are brought inside as works of art.

1Image source The Hollywood Reporter    Photo credit Nicholas Koenig


Exterior view of the penthouse on top of the hotel, with its 4,000 square feet of outdoor space.

18Image source The New York Times Style Magazine    Photo credit François Halard


To see and to read more about The Tribeca Penthouse, I would love to share with you a few online articles :








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