In the classical parlors and salons of the 20th century, a select group of interesting people would gather at the behest of a charismatic host to view art, exchange innovative ideas, and to bask in the comfort of a shared sense of what makes the world tick. Ashley Javier is our modern saloniste, and in his Parlor-an extravagant penthouse space the spills out onto a garden exploding with life, all floating secretly above New York’s lower Fifth Avenue.

Thought it was designed primarily as a private hairstyling atelier–the kind of place a just- being-buzzed-about actress or young Manhattan social might pop by before a party for a glass of champagne and an updo, or perhaps on the weekend for a quick trim and a game of backgammon—you will feel the luxuriant sense of being part of something a littler bigger than your hair.