“Like the view from this unique aerie, the expansion of the house of Trump seems to know no end.”
When the last sentence of Steven M. L. Aronson’s story on Donald Trump’s Trump Tower triplex appeared in the July 1985 issue of Architectural Digest,we couldn’t have imagined how prescient the writer’s words would be. While they could certainly be applied to the presidential race that is currently unfolding between the Republican nominee and Hillary Clinton, the phrase was, of course, referring to the apartment Trump shared with then-wife Ivana and their three children. Naturally, every surface of the home shimmers like liquid gold. Guided by Ivana’s love of pastels and the couple’s preference for over-the-top luxury, the late Angelo Donghia designed a mirrored box where Trump’s opulence was on full display: in the banquette covered with fabric painted in 24K gold, in the gold-leaf ceilings, and in the crystal chandeliers and candlesticks throughout. At the time, Trump declared his seven-bedroom home one of “the finest apartments in the top building in the best location in the hottest city in the world.” It seems then, as now, modesty was not his strength.
The panoply of gleaming surfaces in Donald Trump’s apartment begins in the entrance hall, with onyx flooring inset with brass and a stairwell lined with beveled bronze-mirror panels and marked by a sweeping brass banister. The bronze torso is by Roberto Estevez; the painting is by Léger.