It's shocking to think that the Bliss-spa impresarios (and happily married couple) Marcia Kilgore and Thierry Boué used to call a conventional Prospect Park brownstone home. Today, they live in the yin to that apartment's yang: a 3,500-square-foot loft with a 360-degree view in dumbo's recently refurbished Clocktower Building. All of Blissworld uses the SoHo architecture firm UT: It was they who masterminded the company's new Kubrickian spa in the millennial-Deco LVMH building. Here at the Clocktower, UT's Heidar Sadeki and partner Clarissa Richardson were inspired by Palladio's Villa Rotunda, a sixteenth-century pleasure palace on the outskirts of Venice; from the villa's center, there are unobstructed views in four directions. The Villa Rotunda relegated everything to its corners, but UT has done the exact opposite here, crafting four islands containing rooms and built-ins; no interior wall meets the ceiling. In Kilgore and Boué's loft, the rolling hills of the Veneto have been replaced by the Statue of Liberty, Wall Street, and the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges. The owners didn't want to kill the view, but they do, occasionally, lower all the shades. "It can get a bit overwhelming," Kilgore admits.
How will the Internet change the home?
MK: By making it easier to accomplish tasks that otherwise require no creativity, personality, or originality. (Can anyone admit that the best use of his or her time is going out and picking up toilet paper?)
MK: A graphite iMac and two matching Sony VAIOs for when we're on the road.
Online grocery list
MK: A ton of Pellegrino, Evian water, fruit, and soy milk. Thierry has just discovered NetGrocer and had about a million packages of paper towels delivered. Online ordering is okay for nonperishable stuff, but I, for one, want to see the bananas I'm buying before I'm stuck with them.
Best computer chair
MK: Herman Miller's "Aeron" chair.
Please invent for the home
TB: A self-cleaning kitchen.
TV and stereo systems we own
TB: A Sony flat-screen TV; our stereo is a mix of Joseph Audio speakers, a California Lab CD player, a Velodyne subwoofer and an Adcom amplifier and pre-amplifier.
Dream electronic purchase
TB: A plasma HDTV.
Virtual art, pro or con?
TB: Art textures and shapes cannot yet be reproduced in a realistic holographic perspective.
What we most look forward to doing with the new technology
Coolest new tech product
TB: People who travel a lot usually have those Ericsson blue world phones, which have one number and people can call you from anywhere in the world and it works. But now Motorola's come up with a new very small world phone that is half the size of the old one.
TB: A global-positioning system (GPS) for my Mercedes; you can just punch in an address and it will take you there.
A restaurant we could live in
TB: The Four Seasons.