Project: One Vandam Penthouse A Location: Soho, NYC Size: 5,286 square feet Status: Completed winter 2016
Description: We were brought on in the early stages of the project, resulting in a close collaboration with BKSK Architects, Stribling, Quinlan Development Group and Tavros Development Partners throughout all aspects of the design. Each of the parties brought great resources and ideas to the project. As the space evolved, it was very clear that this would be a special apartment. The design objective for the project was to create a modern environment that draws from the character of the surrounding neighborhoods. The building is sophisticated and vertical, with details that are tactile and at a scale that is very personal. American craftsmanship, particularly the work of designers such as Edward Wormley, Paul McCobb, and Harvey Probber, was our inspiration throughout the process of designing Penthouse A.
One of the main design goals behind Penthouse A was to keep the space feeling light but with rich and natural materials. The finishes throughout were created keeping this in mind. The stone was honed, the tiles hand-glazed, the cabinetry and floor finishes were customized and crafted specifically for One Vandam. Details from BKSK's façade were incorporated into the interior design, which made for a seamless transition from interior to exterior. The triplex staircase creates a spectacular centerpiece for the Penthouse, taking advantage of the triple-height space and creating a dramatic effect. A custom LARIAT light fixture from APPARATUS was chosen to emphasize this breathtaking space. Additionally, sculptural furniture and luxurious textiles were sourced to further elevate the space. We partnered with modern craftspeople to create custom finishes and carry on the tradition of thoughtful design. The materials throughout the apartment are natural woods and stones that are used in a modern way. The kitchen, for example, is a bleached walnut, which allows for the beautiful character of the wood to read through, but the lighter tone is modern. The blue de savoie stone backsplash is honed to expose the natural elements of the material. Additionally, we designed a line of plumbing specifically for this project with Watermark, which is based in Brooklyn. The handle of the faucets are inspired by a stud, that play off both the artistic history of Soho and the refined jewelry of the high end vendors that currently define Soho.
Project: Downtown Townhome Location: Tribeca, NYC Size: 9,600 square feet living space + 1,000 square feet roof terrace Status: Completed fall 2014
Description: This full renovation of a single-family Manhattan residence creates and intimate and modern home for a family with three young boys. The contemporary and functional design juxtaposes the building's rich history dating back to its construction in 1888 as a grocery distribution center. The renovation focuses on creating a central continuous stair atrium, which visually connects the six above-ground levels and invites daylight into the entire townhouse via two large roof skylights and glass floors on the two upper levels. The stair treads are constructed of 2" think laminated teak treads and two 1/4" blackened steel stepped stringers which are all sandwiched between a blackened steel brake-formed guardrail and the original exposed brick walls.
The ground floor and cellar levels are designed for recreation and entertainment. A recreation room on the first level takes advantage of the existing tall ceilings with a half-court basketball court, a climbing wall, and a built-in seating area with a 100" drop-down screen for movie nights. This entertainment system, along with audio and video throughout, the lighting, heating and cooling, and security in the entire project, is controlled with a central Savant system. Directly below the seating area in the cellar, two frosted glass floors borrow natural light from the recreation room skylights to illuminate a 700 SF gym and yoga area. Family and guests can take an elevator from the cellar wine vault to the second floor containing a guest suite and personal office or to the third floor, the main living level. A kitchen with custom oxidized maple and lacquered cabinetry organizes the third floor open plan. A two-story living room space north of the kitchen receives daylight from a custom two-story steel window and door system. To the south, original southern yellow pine beams are exposed in the ceiling to define the dining area. The top two living floors are more private containing two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a children's study area, playroom, master suite, and a family room. A roof terrace with a seating area, dining area, and kitchenette offer fresh air and views of surrounding downtown Manhattan. s.
The furnishings, art work and accessories were sourced and styled by Studio DB to create a warm and comfortable family environment. The balance of soft, modern and sophisticated textures, fixtures and fabrics complete the vision of this grand townhouse.
Project: O'Neill Penthouse Location: Tribeca, NYC Size: 2,100 square feet living space + 1,600 square feet roof terrace Status: Completed fall 2014
Description: We set out to make this Tribeca penthouse both beautiful and functional for our client and their growing family. While the space contained ample interior and exterior space, the previous plan divided the loft space into many small rooms. We restored the property to its loft volumes, creating an open living, dining and kitchen space that is perfect for entertaining and is visually connected to the glazed mezzanine level and roof deck. We relocated the bedrooms to the back of the apartment, added more natural light and created an additional bedroom and an expansive dressing room. The kitchen was expanded to incorporate the full width of the apartment, providing more storage, paneled refrigeration and a bar area. The design of the kitchen caters to these serious home chefs who's goal was to strike a balance between functional, modern, and traditional. We maintained a refined look with reinterpreted classic elements including a marble hood surround, brass shelves, a bar footrest, and an oak cabinet with with antique mirrored glass. Working with interiors firm Studio Riga, we created a built-in the banquette for dining to make a previously awkward area feel more connected to the rest of the space. It's design is finished and elegant, while still comfortable for kids. Now, upon entering the space, you can take it all in and see the connection of the main floor to the mezzanine and roof. Outside we worked to create a comfortable and safe space for entertaining that was both easy to maintain and had room to grow. We enhanced the detail of the existing concrete pavers by bordering them with ipe to match the new decking and a soft synthetic turf adds a welcome pop of color to the Roof and allows for a great play space with no maintenance required.
Description: This classic Tribeca floor-through loft started as a fairly raw space, boasting full height windows on the north and south sides, original tin ceilings, and not much else! Our clients moved to New York by way of Australia, and were seeking a comfortable, functional, and uniquely designed home in their new city. Their eclectic and comfortable aesthetic and interest in color and pattern made our jobs even more fun. It was important to us to achieve a functional floor plan, while maintaining the sightline from the living space in the front to the large master suite in the back. The two rooms added in the middle of the space are connected by a loft, providing extra storage and a fun play space for their young son.
The kitchen remained in its original location, but expanded north and south to provide ample work space for the owner, who is a trained chef. A large island with an 11' custom butcher block top also houses under counter refrigeration and freezer drawers. The full height wall of storage on one end of the kitchen allows for the east side to remain very light and open, with floating shelves and patterned tile. The tile was designed and silk screened in Brooklyn by STUDIO DB designer Kate Gray.
In the guest bathroom, we created a custom mosaic pattern to bring in some old New York charm to the floors. The plumbing throughout is unlacquered brass from Watermark in Brooklyn. It has a vintage feel which plays nicely against the more modern style of the fixtures. The master bedroom and bathroom are interconnected, with the freestanding bathtub located in the bedroom and the custom teak and glass doors opening between the two spaces. The concrete floor tile begins on the wall behind the sink and extends into the bedroom under the bathtub, with the shape of the hexagons defining its transition back to wood. In the bathroom, an open shower with full height Bejmat tiled walls really takes advantage of the height of the space and the natural light.
Project: West 29th Street Loft Location: NoMad, NYC Size: 4,000 square feet Status: Completed summer 2013
Description: This 4,000 square foot loft in NoMad was designed as the home for a recently transplanted Silicon Valley family with four kids. The kitchen anchors a large, open living and dining room with window exposures on three sides. Access to the kids' bedrooms is off a custom wallpapered hallway with a zip-line down the middle. The kids' rooms each connect to a shared loft space, with unique access from each bedroom including a colorful rock wall, monkey bars, and a concealed ladder. The interconnected loft ends at a slide which filters down into a corner playroom. The master suite is a more sophisticated space. A light filled study is tucked behind the master bedroom, which is separated by steel and glass doors.
Project: Costa Residence Location: Financial District, NYC Size: 2,100 square feet Status: Completed fall 2012
Description: The challenge of this project was to transform a generic developer grade apartment into a interesting home for a family. In order to do so, we expanded the kitchen and replaced the finishes, refinished the floors with a grey wash, and reconfigured the entryway with the a walnut clad closet with integral doors. A large bedroom was divided in half with a large whiteboard pocket door to create a separate but connected space for the two daughters. Custom bunk beds, desks, and storage created fun spaces for the girls and unique wallpapers from Flavor Paper and Flat Vernacular added the finishing touches.