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The new three-bedroom, 2,450-square-foot Royal Suite on the 32nd floor of New York's Four Seasons Hotel. Noted architect Peter Marino, designer of boutiques for Chanel and Louis Vuitton, has here assembled a lush but subtle mix of textures and materials—dark wenge-wood floors, beige goatskin walls, chairs covered in chocolate suede, soft hand-dyed leather, nubby wool—with singular accent pieces like a fossil-stone table and an antique mother-of-pearl chandelier. Plasma TVs are everywhere, and one-touch remotes operate everything in the suite. The views, while interrupted by a high-rise or two, are of the skyline from the living room and terrace and of Central Park from the master bedroom. Marino is also redoing the 50th- to 52nd-floor suites with this new look, which at last fits the clean, modern lines of I.M. Pei's sleek building. Pei himself is returning to the Four Seasons to raise the roof, literally, on the penthouse suite, bringing the design into line with his original (but unrealized) conception, complete with 23-foot-high windows that allow 360-degree views. When finished next summer, these should be the highest, most dramatic, and most expensive suites in New York. For now, the Royal Suite will do nicely. Royal Suite, $9,500. At 57 East 57th Street; 800-487-3769, 212-758-5700;


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