hands-down one of our absolute favorite projects is the black apartment! the client was cindy gallop, international woman of mystery, who didn't exactly have much time, as the chairwoman of advertising giant BBH at the time, to lay out her new apartment in the converted locker rooms of the first ymca in the u.s. but she did have time to inspire us... her brief was simple: "at night, i want to feel like i'm in a shanghai nightclub..." and so our proposal was equally simple: "what if you lived inside a black-lacquered chinese box?..." to our amazement, she was game so we knew our next idea would pass as well, no walls whatsoever, just a network of curtains which could be used to make rooms on-the-fly. of course, there was the matter of the 300 pairs of heels that ms. gallop cherishes as art and so they were treated assuch, displayed in the own light boxes, all along the width of the apartment. this project was conceptual in nature at first but yielded results beyond our wildest dreams in terms of comfort of living and luxury.