This 400-square-foot Upper East Side apartment got a makeover at the hands of James Davison and his wife, Fanny Abbes, who recently formed the New Design Project.
Keisha Martin was drawn to Harlem by the idea of living in her grandmother's old neighborhood, but the 33-year-old Wall Street marketing executive “wanted a place that worked for the way I live, not the house my grandmother grew up in.” With this in mind, architects Laura Briggs and Jonathan Knowles set about rehabilitating a dilapidated row house and designed a residence that balances modern elegance and old-world charm.
Visiting this Upper West Side apartment designed by Tim Seggerman is like sitting inside one of Nakashima’s cabinets, a metaphor realized most fully in an ingenious “library”—really just a glorified cubby with a banded maple ceiling, conjured from a free space adjacent to the loft bed.
When architect Bill Ryall bought a derelict Harlem row house in the 1970s, the four-story structure had been cut up into single-room-occupancy apartments. “After we took everything out, all you saw were four brick walls and the ceiling beams,” he recalls. “And I thought, This is a loft.” Rather than restoring the enclosed rooms and stacked side stairs, Ryall “brought the downtown loft aesthetic uptown and put it in a town house,” says his partner, Barry Bergdoll, the Museum of Modern Art’s architecture and design curator.
An unremarkable, 1,400-square-foot apartment on New York's Upper East Side received a complete overhaul by Glickman Schlesinger Architects for Sweeten, a service that pairs users in need of a renovation with architects, interior designers, and contractors. The update introduced a clean, modern aesthetic to the formerly haphazard space.
The super's unit was anything but in this Upper West Side co-op, however architect Brad Zizmor saw potential in the apartment nobody could love. A re-imagined interior and gracious new outdoor space transformed this architectural blunder to boon.
Actors David Alan Basche and Alysia Reiner reworked their Harlem town house with an eco-sensibility and an eye for smarter spaces. As David explains: “We’ve always been conscious of the environment, but after becoming parents, we realized even more that it’s our obligation to leave the planet a better place than we found it. So we decided that our new home should have less chemicals, and more recycled and reusable materials, minimal carbon impact, and extreme energy efficiency.”
A new residential building in upper Manhattan, dubbed The Stack and designed by the architecture firm Gluck+, employed offsite prefabrication methods to create a high-quality, affordable housing solution that was raised onsite in only 19 days.
Eric Schneider’s 450-square-foot Upper West Side space needed to be able to accommodate individual areas for cooking, storage, sleeping, entertaining, and working—
without filling the diminutive abode with furniture. By knocking down most of the apartment’s walls and concentrating kitchen storage, a closet, a bar, a bed, and a home office into a blue-lacquered cabinetry unit in the center of the room, Michael Chen and Kari Anderson of Normal Projects were able to maximize functionality.
In Harlem, Briggs Knowles Architecture + Design created a thoroughly modern town house that respects the scale and style of its historic neighborhood. “I’ve never been fond of modernism—I find it cold,” admits resident Adrian Bueno. “But having this house, I have to say, it’s growing on me.”