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October 8, 2012

The weeklong City Modern festival concluded with a bang over the weekend with the Manhattan Home Tours. The five destinations on the Saturday afternoon tour spanned from Chelsea to Union Square to Alphabet City, each offering a distinctive take on modern interiors and architecture.

City Modern Dwell event on 23rd Street in New York
Participants picked their maps up at the Kroel showroom. A cocktail reception celebrating the House Tours was held there later that evening.
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City Modern Dwell Home Tour on 23rd Street in New York
The owners of this Chelsea Triplex were planning a remodel and when the apartment next door went on the market they bought it and drastically expanded their renovation plans. The architecture and design of the home was completely transformed during the yearlong project spearheaded by Alex Scott Porter, of Alex Scott Porter Design.
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Dwell City Modern Home Tour on 23rd Street
A main goal of the remodel was to open the apartment by raising the ceilings. The owners were surprised with how much space they had to work with. The kitchen blends in seamlessly with the living room on one side and the open terrace on the other.
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Dwell City Modern Home Tour on 23rd Street in New York
Here's terrace that extends from the kitchen.
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Dwell City Modern Home Tour on 23rd Street in New York
The rock pattern on the steps to the bunk bed in the kids' room comes from small pieces of carpet.
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Dwell City Modern Home Tour on 23rd Street in New York
Here's the master bedroom.
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Dwell City Modern Home Tour on 23rd Street in New York
One of the third-floor terraces.
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Dwell City Modern Home Tour on 23rd Street in New York
The second terrace on the third floor.
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Dwell City Modern Home Tour on 21st Street in New York
Eager visitors to the Chelsea townhouse designed by architect Julian King queue up outside the residence.
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Dwell City Modern Home Tour on 21st Street in New York
The parlor floor of the duplex leads to a garden. The apartment's historic details, like the plaster trim, were restored in the renovation.
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Dwell City Modern Home Tour on 21st Street in New York
The kitchen is decidedly more modern, with large glass doors opening onto the patio.
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Dwell City Modern Home Tour on 21st Street in New York
Another shot of the kitchen doors.
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The master bedroom blends in seamlessly with the outdoor space in response to the owner's wish to incorporate nature into the renovation.
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Dwell City Modern Home Tour on 21st Street in New York
The master bath.
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Dwell City Modern Home Tour on 21st Street in New York
The only separation between the master bath and the backyard is this sliding glass door.
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Architect Jospeh Tanney said this Union Square duplex on 5th Ave. looked like “a suburban townhouse” when the owners bought it. The idea was to open the space up and refine some of the existing details. Tanney bleached the original oak floors twice and whitewashed them to achieve the light shade shown here.
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Dwell City Modern Home Tour in Union Square
On the main floor there are eleven windows with exposures on the south, west, and east. (They already existed in the space pre-renovation.) Well-hidden storage occupies the space below the windows. There's also more storage behind no-hardware doors on the lower floor, creating a clean, streamlined look.
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Dwell City Modern Duplex in Union Square
The kitchen features Corian cabinets and countertops.
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Dwell City Modern Duplex in Union Square
The staircase is easily the most dramatic feature of the apartment. It was already there when the owners bought the space (including those raised walls), the architect just opened it up and integrated it as an important feature of the home.
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Dwell City Modern Duplex in Union Square
Here's the dramatic view down the spiral staircase.
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Dwell City Modern Duplex in Union Square
Here's one of the kids' rooms.
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Dwell City Modern Duplex in Union Square
And the other kids' room.
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Dwell City Modern Duplex in Union Square
The master bedroom is mostly white, which makes this fantastic wall of art really pop.
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Dwell City Modern Home Tour on Bond Street in New York
The front room inside the 41 Bond Street home designed by DDG Design partners is 50 feet long.
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Dwell City Modern Home Tour on Bond Street
Massive sliding glass doors look lead to a large outdoor space.
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Dwell City Modern Home Tour on Bond Street in New York
The focal point of the great room is a monumental mantle.
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Dwell City Modern Home Tour on Bond Street
Lindsey Adelman designed the lights dangling above the great room.
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Dwell City Modern Home Tour on Bond Street
Here's one of the bedrooms.
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Dwell City Modern Home Tour on Bond Street in New York
In contrast to the bedroom in the preceding slide, the master bedroom features a dark wood headboard.
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Dwell City Modern House Tour on Bond Street
The master bathroom.
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The downstairs entertainment area.
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Dwell City Modern Home Tour on Bond Street
The guest bedroom.
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Dwell City Modern home Tour on Bond Street
The stairs leading from the great room to the backyard.
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Here's the facade of the Flowerbox building. Its landscape designer, Mac Carbonell of Verdant Gardens Design, was outside answering questions. The building developer envisioned the “flowerboxes” after growing up in the neighborhood and seeing them outside East Village townhouses. The plants stay alive all year, changing colors throughout the seasons. The exterior design translates beautifully into the duplex apartment as well.
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Dwell City Modern Home Tour Flowerbox
The owners of this 2,400-square-foot space inside the Flower Box Apartments enlisted John Handley and Melissa Baker of Pulltab Design to recast it as a garden-themed abode. The striking windows overlooking East 7th Street were additions by the architects.
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Dwell City Modern Flowerbox House Tour
The 14-foot-long dining table descends from the wall like a Murphy bed.
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Dwell City Modern House Tour Flowerbox
Below the wall of living ivy, a shallow reflecting pool (complete with fish!) catches water runoff.
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Dwell City Modern Home Tour Flowerbox
The sleek kitchen looks down on the main living space.
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Dwell City Modern House Tour Flowerbox
Floor-to-ceiling widows characterize the entire back of the house. There's a small terrace outside the bedroom.
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Dwell City Modern House Tour Flowerbox
Here's a shot of the master bedroom looking toward the reading corner.
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Dwell City Modern House Tour Flowerbox
The terrace outside the master bedroom.
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Dwell City Modern Home Tour Flowerbox
Here's the kids' room.
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City Modern Dwell event on 23rd Street in New York
Participants picked their maps up at the Kroel showroom. A cocktail reception celebrating the House Tours was held there later that evening.

The first stop was a triplex on West 23rd Street, an extensive renovation/expansion project that took a typical Manhattan apartment and turned it into an open, modern, and sometimes playful space. Next up was a Chelsea townhouse on West 21st Street, a renovation that successfully integrated historical details with modern sensibilities. Not far from Chelsea was a Union Square duplex on 5th Avenue, a once-bland home transformed into a sleek, clean, and bright design with a dramatic centrally located staircase. In Nolita, a Bond Street apartment boasted a 50-foot-long great room with dramatic lighting, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a large backyard (at least by Manhattan standards). Our final destination was the Flowerbox in the East Village, a garden-themed apartment that brings the outdoors in courtesy of a wall of ivy and a reflecting pool in the living room.

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