The Henson family moved out of Manhattan in 1964, but Jim liked the city and with his professional success, he was able to buy a second home overlooking Central Park in the Sherry-Netherland building on Fifth Avenue. The location was ideal – right in the center of things, walking distance to the office, but far above the bustling city and with calming views of nature and water. As he did with all of his projects, Jim took a great interest in the aesthetics of the apartment and began work in 1983 with architects Kohn Pedersen Fox Conway to create a unique interior reflective of his taste and style.
Each wall and floor finish was carefully chosen, and several areas contained beautifully etched glass panels. Most of the furniture was custom-made or antique and featured carved or cast animals as decoration. Some areas reflected Jim’s then current work on Labyrinth, and when Jim traveled, he kept an eye out for one-of-a-kind items. He purchased antiquities in London, an exquisite 18th Century jade lion in Singapore, and an Art Deco lamp by Edgar Brandt in Paris. The work of modern craft furniture makers like Judy McKie, Wendell Castle, and Sam Maloof mingled with Art Nouveau pieces and decorative elements. All came together in harmony, creating a warm and inviting space, and the apartment was featured in the February 1987 issue of Metropolitan Home magazine.