The architectural strategy of this small Manhattan loft creates four “living platforms” that accommodate everything necessary, while still allowing the apartment to feel open and bright. The lowest level is an entry and kitchen space, and a few steps up is the main living area.
This project involved the radical transformation of a tiny, awkward apartment at the top of a six-story building. With only 425 square feet of floor area, but a ceiling height of over 24 feet, the new design exploits the inherent sectional possibilities, and creates a flowing interior landscape that dissolves the notion of distinct “rooms.”
Simplicity is key in this Manhattan apartment. Designer Ken Kelly’s goal on this project was to create a kitchen and living space to match the client's lifestyle. He also wanted to carry a consistent theme throughout the living spaces.
Let’s be honest. Haven’t we all dreamed of having a bedroom so big it could fit an entire living room in it? In a city famous for its creative use of small spaces, however, a bedroom this cavernous is likely to remain a dream for most New Yorkers. Kalyn and Todd however are making the most of their reality. Sculptural lighting, warm, textured rugs and a continued commitment to interesting art place this room firmly within the stylish context of the rest of the home. Offering nearly as much space as their living room, the couple’s bedroom is likewise divided into two spaces, the bedroom itself, and a beautiful lounge area complete with sofa, pouf and entertainment center.
New York is a busy place. For those who don’t plan ahead, the hustle and bustle can run them right over. Fortunately Kalyn and Todd Chandler are the plan-ahead types. Their solution to the constant run between work and life: put the two together in one amazing space and forget all the time spent waiting for the train. For Kalyn, the founder and creative director of the girl-power lifestyle brand, Effie’s Paper, cutting out the middleman of constant commuting means more time spent creating and managing an expanding world of beautiful products.
The shelves that make up most of the office space are a brilliant way to keep everything that a business requires neatly compartmented and within arms reach. But there’s more to this design than convenient storage. Kalyn’s office is not just a masterpiece of efficiency, it’s a study in color theory as well. Colorful bursts dot the landscape of this office, with Kalyn keeping the brightest, most energizing tones of orange and pink closest to her.
Unquestionably, the star of this contemporary kitchen is the breathtaking view of New York City, as seen from its floor-to-ceiling windows. The dark hardwood floor is a stunning contrast to the all-white kitchen that allows the urban landscape to take center stage.
This open loft kitchen features fully concealed appliances, flip up high storage units for easy access and a countertop that wraps into the main living space and becomes a virtual "hearth" with a built in entertainment system. The sleek, hard edges lend a modern look to the space that needs little decor to bring its own character.
The popularity of outdoor lounges in Manhattan has gone through the roof–literally. The logistics of keeping them green is just not that practical, so many businesses and private residences are choosing synthetic grass.
A garden surrounded on two sides by the lower level of this penthouse offers a private oasis for the homeowners, their family and their guests in the heart of Manhattan. Both levels of the home enjoy views of the garden.
A bar made from zinc anchors this sleek, modern kitchen and ties the design to a zinc dining banquette located just out of view. The fronts of the refrigerator and wall ovens sit flush to the understated cabinetry, and a large picture window offers views of Manhattan.
This Manhattan penthouse was fashioned by a previous owner out of storage rooms, a one bedroom apartment and unused space in the building’s decorative turret. Foley Fiore Architecture were tasked by the current owners to remodel the space to update the home to include ample communal living spaces comfortable for a young family with two teenage children. The living room includes a stylish, modern fireplace with a ceiling-mounted daybed swing.
To add life to the living room, the area rug was replaced with colorful carpet squares that also added pattern to the space. The brown pillows were swapped for colorful prints picked up on the cheap from a show house sample sale. To help accommodate up to three guests comfortably, the tiny coffee table was placed into the storage space to make room for a trio of modern nesting tables. For a wallpapered look, an 8-foot-by-4-foot sheet of 3/4-inch foam board was covered with wallpaper and fastened to the wall using double-sided tape.