Being asked to create an apartment in one of the tallest residential skyscrapers to rise in midtown Manhattan in the last few years would be a high-water mark for any designer. The designer Jamie Drake, whose swashbuckling 39-year career has taken a new turn due to his recent partnership with former prot\u00e9g\u00e9 Caleb Anderson, concedes that even he — no stranger to ultra-luxurious commissions — was gladdened by the epic opportunity to deck out this sprawling pied-\u00e0-terre overlooking Central Park. In the kitchen, the table is by Egg Collective, the Holly Hunt chairs are covered in a leather from Keleen Leathers and the light fixture is by Lindsey Adelman.The clients are two grown siblings and their children, who live abroad but alight in New York as often as their whirlwind schedules will allow; they envisioned the apartment as a refuge in the clouds. The project was a perfect fit for the designers. Drake certainly has had plenty of experience channeling the antiques-laden desires of the international elite: He made his name designing several homes for former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, including a classically adorned Upper East Side limestone mansion, a 6,000-square-foot getaway in Bermuda, and a vast formal townhouse in London\u2019s South Kensington neighborhood. Still, the designer considers himself essentially a modernist. In the living room, the mirrored chair is by Julian Mayor, the side table is by Sebastian Herkner, the Serge Mouille floor lamp is from Design Within Reach and the custom wall light is by Studio Drift.As such, he has rejoiced in watching the zeitgeist move in recent years toward a new kind of minimalism, one that eschews coldness while embracing bold gesture. He gravitates toward simple interiors with statement pieces by young artists, set off by a backdrop of hand-hewn finishes. His own much photographed home — a 3,000-square-foot Chelsea apartment in an Annabelle Selldorf building — is simultaneously a color riot, a pared-down retreat, and a place to throw massive cocktail parties, complete with late-night dancing.The foyer\u2019s console and mirror are by Hudson Furniture, and the cocktail table beyond is a custom design.The homeowners offered few parameters beyond wanting a neutral palette of black, white, and gray; they understandably requested that nothing should distract from the incomparable skyline views. They also explained that they aren\u2019t the type of clients to micromanage the design of their homes, instead preferring to be surprised by a big reveal. Such freedom enabled Drake and Anderson to push boundaries. The entry hall bench is by Paul M. Jones, the light fixture is by Paul Loebach, and the rug is by Kyle Bunting; the walls are sheathed in a custom shagreen by Edelman Leather, the trim is painted in Benjamin Moore\u2019s Day\u2019s End, the flooring is ebonized oak, and the artwork is by Damian Loeb.\u201cWe were relieved in the end because it turned out to be exactly what they were looking for,\u201d says Drake. \u201cIt\u2019s relaxing and, at the same time, stimulating.\u201d In fact, the three-bedroom apartment is so high in the sky that it has a spaceship feel, and the designers decided not to fight that. The goal, says Anderson, was to create a \u201cglamorous, transporting, otherworldly place that is extremely urbane.\u201dIn the master bedroom, a bed by Minotti is dressed in linens by E. Braun & Co., the bedside table is from Philippe Hurel, the custom rug is by Tai Ping, and the walls have a custom textured finish by Atelier Premiere.Instead of bringing in a lot of vertical pieces to balance the large scale of the rooms, most of the furniture is actually streamlined and low-slung — the better to gaze out upon the vast city and its rivers below, stretched out like a topographical map. Smaller seating areas were arranged around the periphery to encourage guests and family members to simply sit and drink in the view.In the living room of a Manhattan apartment designed by Jamie Drake and Caleb Anderson of Drake/Anderson, the sectional sofas by Avenue Road are covered in a Great Plains mohair, the pair of vintage Gio Ponti armchairs are from Karl Kemp Antiques, the glass cocktail table by Fredrikson Stallard is filled with feathers, the round side table is by Holly Hunt Studio, the lamp on it is by Charles Paris and the custom rug is by Tai Ping.While the designers largely hewed to the restrained palette requested by the clients, they managed to sneak in a bit of azure to echo the sky itself. In the living room, the blue adds a celestial touch that enlivens the muted atmosphere while balancing the graphic quality of the black Serge Mouille floor lamps. Throughout the apartment, walls are embellished with subtly textured surfaces ranging from plaster to shagreen. The rooms are furnished with spectacular contemporary furniture made by a new generation of artisans. Barlas Baylar of Hudson Furniture created a console in the foyer that looks like a pile of giant stones, including some bronze ones; in the living room sits a jagged-looking mirrored chair by East London\u2013based Julian Mayor that lends a note of Brutalism, says Drake. To ensure the place doesn\u2019t look too much like a showroom, the designers were careful to mix in some vintage pieces, including chairs by Gio Ponti.The guest room\u2019s Joseph Jeup bed is upholstered in a Toyine Sellers fabric, the bench by Anne and Vincent Corbiere is covered in a Soie de Lune fabric, the bedside table is by HH Ruseau, the Roberto Rida lamp is from Bernd Goeckler and the curtains are of an Osborne & Little fabric.The art was also chosen to reflect both the 21st-century sensibility of the owners and the incomparable setting. With so little wall space due to the expanses of glass, each piece had to carry enormous aesthetic weight. A large triptych by John Noestheden on the dining room wall resembles an abstract star chart, and a sculpture-cum\u2013light fixture by the Dutch team Studio Drift is made of LEDs covered in ethereal, fluffy dandelion heads — real ones.The master bath\u2019s sink and tub fittings are by Dornbracht and the flooring is marble.\u201cWe wanted the apartment to respond to where things are headed,\u201d says Drake. \u201cYou look out of these windows, and you see everything: the man-made world and nature. And somehow, it\u2019s all in harmony.\u201dThis story was originally published in the June 2017 issue of Siweb.