From the mixed-up files of architect, Eric Clough
When hired to renovate the Klinsky- Sherry family's Fifth Avenue apartment, architect Eric Clough turned the request to do something non-cookie cutterish, into a living scavenger hunt throughout the home.....without clue-ing in the client. The hunt involved a maze of ciphers, riddles, poems and custom-built furniture with hidden drawers and panels. A fictional narrative and a soundtrack was included in the final project as well. The crazy part of this story is that the family, really had no idea this was going on, even as they lived within the newly remodeled apartment for nearly a year. Until one day a letter arrived in the mail with a cryptic poem that began with these lines:
We’ve taken liberties with Yeats
to lead you through a tale
that tells of most inspired fatesThe poem continued, leading them to a hidden panel in which contained a beautifully bound leather book, holding more clues. One of the clues was carved into their 11 year old son's radiator cover. Soon after moving into the home, the son's friend cracked the code, and yet the family remained unaware of the bigger game.
Hidden panels on a side board, reveal keys to key holes, some where in the home.
and what was the ultimate treasure at the end of this maze? a beautiful poem, written by the client for his family, many years before.The research and development of the project took up to 4 years to finish while the actual renovation, took a mere year and half.
Source: New York Times. All Photos: Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times