City Modern Home Tours: Manhattan

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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.

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  Participants picked their maps up at the Kroel showroom. A cocktail reception celebrating the House Tours was held there later that evening.
    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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  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.
    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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  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.
    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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  Here's terrace that extends from the kitchen.
    Here's terrace that extends from the kitchen.
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  The rock pattern on the steps to the bunk bed in the kids' room comes from small pieces of carpet.
    The rock pattern on the steps to the bunk bed in the kids' room comes from small pieces of carpet.
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  Here's the master bedroom.
    Here's the master bedroom.
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  One of the third-floor terraces.
    One of the third-floor terraces.
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  The second terrace on the third floor.
    The second terrace on the third floor.
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  Eager visitors to the Chelsea townhouse designed by architect Julian King queue up outside the residence.
    Eager visitors to the Chelsea townhouse designed by architect Julian King queue up outside the residence.
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  The parlor floor of the duplex leads to a garden. The apartment's historic details, like the plaster trim, were restored in the renovation.
    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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  The kitchen is decidedly more modern, with large glass doors opening onto the patio.
    The kitchen is decidedly more modern, with large glass doors opening onto the patio.
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  Another shot of the kitchen doors.
    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.
    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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  The master bath.
    The master bath.
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  The only separation between the master bath and the backyard is this sliding glass door.
    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.
    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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  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.
    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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  The kitchen features Corian cabinets and countertops.
    The kitchen features Corian cabinets and countertops.
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  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.
    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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  Here's the dramatic view down the spiral staircase.
    Here's the dramatic view down the spiral staircase.
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  Here's one of the kids' rooms.
    Here's one of the kids' rooms.
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  And the other kids' room.
    And the other kids' room.
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  The master bedroom is mostly white, which makes this fantastic wall of art really pop.
    The master bedroom is mostly white, which makes this fantastic wall of art really pop.
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  The front room inside the 41 Bond Street home designed by DDG Design partners is 50 feet long.
    The front room inside the 41 Bond Street home designed by DDG Design partners is 50 feet long.
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  Massive sliding glass doors look lead to a large outdoor space.
    Massive sliding glass doors look lead to a large outdoor space.
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  The focal point of the great room is a monumental mantle.
    The focal point of the great room is a monumental mantle.
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  Lindsey Adelman designed the lights dangling above the great room.
    Lindsey Adelman designed the lights dangling above the great room.
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  Here's one of the bedrooms.
    Here's one of the bedrooms.
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  In contrast to the bedroom in the preceding slide, the master bedroom features a dark wood headboard.
    In contrast to the bedroom in the preceding slide, the master bedroom features a dark wood headboard.
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  The master bathroom.
    The master bathroom.
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  The downstairs entertainment area.
    The downstairs entertainment area.
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  The guest bedroom.
    The guest bedroom.
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  The stairs leading from the great room to the backyard.
    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.
    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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  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.
    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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  The 14-foot-long dining table descends from the wall like a Murphy bed.
    The 14-foot-long dining table descends from the wall like a Murphy bed.
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  Below the wall of living ivy, a shallow reflecting pool (complete with fish!) catches water runoff.
    Below the wall of living ivy, a shallow reflecting pool (complete with fish!) catches water runoff.
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  The sleek kitchen looks down on the main living space.
    The sleek kitchen looks down on the main living space.
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  Floor-to-ceiling widows characterize the entire back of the house. There's a small terrace outside the bedroom.
    Floor-to-ceiling widows characterize the entire back of the house. There's a small terrace outside the bedroom.
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  Here's a shot of the master bedroom looking toward the reading corner.
    Here's a shot of the master bedroom looking toward the reading corner.
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  The terrace outside the master bedroom.
    The terrace outside the master bedroom.
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  Here's the kids' room.
    Here's the kids' room.

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