Architect Cass Calder Smith embarked on a gut renovation to join two apartments inside a SoHo building, resulting in a 1,600-square-foot residence. He redid the floors in oak and redesigned the wall of windows that frames views to the east.
The openness of the space is underscored by largely neutral furnishings. The window wall is surrounded by a Benjamin Moore hue that matches the dark, bronze-colored aluminum frames. In the restrained Bulthaup kitchen, a large-scale photograph of a jet by Jeffrey Millstein is a major focal point. The Saarinen table is from Knoll; the Eames chairs are from Herman Miller.
Calder Smith uses his elliptical table, designed in 1956 by Eero Saarinen for Knoll, as a place for both dining and working. “It’s not as heavy as you might think, so it’s easy to move around,” says the architect. “Plus the base allows room for lots of legs—we’ve had up to eight people sitting around it at one time.”