Inverting convention, the new character of the apartment is shaped more by what is absent than by what has been added. The jumping off point for this project was a bland vanilla box high-rise condominium with a spectacular set of views. Designed for a world traveler, the renovated space's restrained, discerning character serves as a counterpoint to the vibrant city beyond. Voids of varying size between interlocking American Black Walnut panels distinguish a wall that runs through the public spaces, screening off the master suite and mechanicals. Rather than using applied knobs or pulls to provide decorative interest, cabinetry and doors are detailed with integral reveals. Aside from a sculptural pendant at the dining table, decorative lighting is absent; in its place are a series of gaps between wall planes that hide lighting within. A simple lacquered wall in the kitchen serves as a backdrop for key objects sitting on blackened steel shelves. Sliding doors of smoked glass screen the home office from the living room; one's eye is drawn not such much to the doors themselves but what their transparency reveals.