Sleek, low-profile furniture with a simple color palette keeps this New York City studio apartment from feeling cluttered. An oversized black-and-white photo helps balance the visual weight in the room.
The kitchen and living space in this New York City studio apartment is kept spare to minimize visual clutter and maximize space. The floor-to-ceiling kitchen cabinetry provides storage while serving as the base for a lofted sleeping area, while a compact table works for dining and work.
My favorite part of outdoor entertaining is creating a tablescape that tells a unique story.This Urban Picnic at my New York apartment is a blend of elements. I especially like the organic mix of natural materials and various finishes we used here, with textiles by Studio NYC and gold flatware by West Elm.
Jeanine Hays and Bryan Mason are the founders of AphroChic (www.aphrochic.com), a New York-based interior design firm. With the company’s motto of modern, soulful style, it’s no surprise that their home, located in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, is an ode to global culture at home. Their live-work space, part home, part design studio, is infused with a cultural aesthetic that is unmistakably AphroChic.
A walk-in closet next to the photographer’s studio space in a New York City loft features two frosted glass panels. The design of the industrial loft uses wall planes to sculpt the light and make window-less areas feel airy. The red chairs were designed by Donald Judd and the floors are American white oak planks. The project by Desai Chia Architecture won a 2018 AIA Institute Honor Award for interior architecture.
Meet Leyden Lewis, the New York interior designer who is both the name and creative drive behind the Leyden Lewis Design Studio. For the last sixteen years Leyden has made his home in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, in a beautifully appointed apartment that he shares with his partner, Lazhar and their dog, Nika. For many, creating the feel of a whole home in the 800 square foot, open-plan space would pose a daunting challenge. But for Leyden the challenge has been a nearly two-decade-long opportunity to test his abilities and try out new ideas.
When decorator Nick Olsen moved into his 525-square-foot studio in New York City, the walls were painted white, in keeping with small-space convention. "But the place just looked gray and dingy," says Olsen. And so, rather than just slapping on a newer, brighter coat of white, he painted the apartment's main room Oregano Green (Benjamin Moore 2147-10), in an oil-based metal enamel, to resemble lacquer.
"Although the apartment is small," says Olsen, "it's actually rather grand with 12-foot ceilings, huge windows and a high-relief fireplace. So I felt it would be a shame to tone it down with a pale color or white." For even more impact, he painted the doors glossy black and the trim white, and added a deep teal velvet sofa. Olsen didn't shy away from bright color in the 35- (yes, 35!) square-foot kitchen either, wallpapering the fridge in a bright spring pattern and painting the walls and the ceiling Sea Mist Green (Benjamin Moore #2041-50). "To make color work in a really tiny room like this kitchen," Olsen suggests, "paint the walls and ceilings the same color so you're eye doesn't stop at the ceiling line."