All That Glass, August 17, 2008

Ask Curtis Kemeny why he chose to live in a penthouse in the Back Bay, and he'll say it was for the views. His two-bedroom, 3,000-square-foot condo has soaring windows that offer breathtaking vistas of the city, the Charles River, Cambridge, and beyond. Interior designer Meichi Peng says the views are the 46-year-old Kemeny's "living art," since they change with the time of the day and the seasons.

Chocolate-stained walnut covers the floors, providing a rich contrast to the snow-white walls and all that glass. Design accents like an antique woodcarved Buddha, an ivory Indian headdress, and tribal currency speak to his appreciation of different cultures, and as Peng notes, let you get to know the person who lives there. A stairway with a glass-paneled railing leads to a private perch - an office, tucked upstairs to offer peace and quiet, and the master suite, with a full bath, two walk-in closets, and a glass-walled seating area overlooking the living room.