Life Among Friends, October 2013

Boston’s skyline has changed dramatically over the past decade, and one of its shining new icons is the Residences at W Boston in the Theater District. Designed by William Rawn Associates, the building is wrapped head to toe in glass, and its boatlike profile—complete with a prow jutting out toward the corner of Stuart and Tremont streets—affords sweeping views of the city. The top unit at the bow of this particular ship is one of the most coveted addresses in town.

It’s the one Kevin Bright and his wife, Claudia, had their eyes on from the start. In 2007, the Emmy Award–winning executive producer of the TV show Friends was renting a unit across the street, in One Charles—it was his crash pad while he was in town teaching at Emerson College, his alma mater—when construction started on the W.

Finding someone to work on the layout and interior finishes of the challenging 2,600-square-foot unit was easy: The Boston-based interior designer Meichi Peng had done a demo condominium for the W, and Bright liked her work. “We connected immediately,” he said. “Her charge was to have this mixture of old and new, to make it feel seamless.”