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How a Bay Area architect who toggles his time between the coasts found his home away from home in a modern Manhattan high-rise.

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  Architect Cass Calder Smith embarked on a gut renovation to join two apartments inside a SoHo building, resulting in a 1,600-square-foot residence. He redid the floors in oak and redesigned the wall of windows that frames views to the east.  Photo by Brian Finke.
    Architect Cass Calder Smith embarked on a gut renovation to join two apartments inside a SoHo building, resulting in a 1,600-square-foot residence. He redid the floors in oak and redesigned the wall of windows that frames views to the east. Photo by Brian Finke.
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  In the seating area, a David Weeks armchair is next to a vintage console and Italian coffee table that Calder Smith found on 1stdibs.  Photo by Brian Finke.
    In the seating area, a David Weeks armchair is next to a vintage console and Italian coffee table that Calder Smith found on 1stdibs. Photo by Brian Finke.
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  The openness of the space is underscored by largely neutral furnishings. The window wall is surrounded by a Benjamin Moore hue that matches the dark, bronze-colored aluminum frames.  In the restrained Bulthaup kitchen, a large-scale photograph of a jet by Jeffrey Millstein is a major focal point. The Saarinen table is from Knoll; the Eames chairs are from Herman Miller.  Photo by Brian Finke.
    The openness of the space is underscored by largely neutral furnishings. The window wall is surrounded by a Benjamin Moore hue that matches the dark, bronze-colored aluminum frames. In the restrained Bulthaup kitchen, a large-scale photograph of a jet by Jeffrey Millstein is a major focal point. The Saarinen table is from Knoll; the Eames chairs are from Herman Miller. Photo by Brian Finke.
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    Photo by Brian Finke.
    Photo by Brian Finke.
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  Once the sun sets, the main spaces are illuminated via pieces from No. 8 Lighting, recessed within a three-inch-deep slot in the ceiling.  Photo by Brian Finke.
    Once the sun sets, the main spaces are illuminated via pieces from No. 8 Lighting, recessed within a three-inch-deep slot in the ceiling. Photo by Brian Finke.
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  Calder Smith created the custom bookcase to delineate the seating area and the entrance hallway.  Photo by Brian Finke.
    Calder Smith created the custom bookcase to delineate the seating area and the entrance hallway. Photo by Brian Finke.
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    Photo by Brian Finke.
    Photo by Brian Finke.
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  For a recent cocktail party, Calder Smith served white and red wine in Alessi glassware. Thad Vogler, of Bar Agricole in San Francisco, devised a custom cocktail served in tumblers from Spieglau.  Photo by Brian Finke.
    For a recent cocktail party, Calder Smith served white and red wine in Alessi glassware. Thad Vogler, of Bar Agricole in San Francisco, devised a custom cocktail served in tumblers from Spieglau. Photo by Brian Finke.
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  White platters from Crate & Barrel allowed the food—lox, crudités, and  cornichons—to stand out atop the Saarinen table.  Photo by Brian Finke.
    White platters from Crate & Barrel allowed the food—lox, crudités, and cornichons—to stand out atop the Saarinen table. Photo by Brian Finke.
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    Photo by Brian Finke.
    Photo by Brian Finke.
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  DeLuca's seafood tower delivered straight from his restaurant Giorgione on Spring Street.  Photo by Brian Finke.
    DeLuca's seafood tower delivered straight from his restaurant Giorgione on Spring Street. Photo by Brian Finke.
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  Assembling the seafood tower, courtesy Giorgione restaurant.  Photo by Brian Finke.
    Assembling the seafood tower, courtesy Giorgione restaurant. Photo by Brian Finke.
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  Calder Smith uses his elliptical table, designed in 1956 by Eero Saarinen for Knoll, as a place for both dining and working. “It’s not as heavy as you might think, so it’s easy to move around,” says the architect. “Plus the base allows room for lots of legs—we’ve had up to eight people sitting around it at one time.”  Photo by Brian Finke.
    Calder Smith uses his elliptical table, designed in 1956 by Eero Saarinen for Knoll, as a place for both dining and working. “It’s not as heavy as you might think, so it’s easy to move around,” says the architect. “Plus the base allows room for lots of legs—we’ve had up to eight people sitting around it at one time.” Photo by Brian Finke.
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  The floor plan.  Photo by Brian Finke.
    The floor plan. Photo by Brian Finke.

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