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Minimalist Brooklyn Apartment

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A couple takes a minimalist approach to their Brooklyn apartment, focusing on supple materials, subtle gradations of color, and custom finishes by local craftsmen.

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  The Mandayam–Vohra family gathers under one of Workstead’s signature three-arm chandeliers, shown here in its horizontal configuration.  Photo by Matthew Williams.

    The Mandayam–Vohra family gathers under one of Workstead’s signature three-arm chandeliers, shown here in its horizontal configuration.

    Photo by Matthew Williams.
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  The apartment’s main stairwell, disguised as a Shaker cabinet–meets–Japanese tansu stair, houses storage for kitchen ephemera. The finish is hand-painted and accessorized with raw brass hardware.  Photo by Matthew Williams.

    The apartment’s main stairwell, disguised as a Shaker cabinet–meets–Japanese tansu stair, houses storage for kitchen ephemera. The finish is hand-painted and accessorized with raw brass hardware.

    Photo by Matthew Williams.
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  In the living room, an Eames lounge chair is matched with a Richard Conover–designed fiberglass chair in similar proportions. A custom coffee table by Asher Israelow com-plements the industrial lighting by Workstead, affixed to walls painted in Farrow and Ball’s Manor House Gray. The sliding doors leading into the home office were fabricated by Markus Bartenschlager.  Photo by Matthew Williams.

    In the living room, an Eames lounge chair is matched with a Richard Conover–designed fiberglass chair in similar proportions. A custom coffee table by Asher Israelow com-plements the industrial lighting by Workstead, affixed to walls painted in Farrow and Ball’s Manor House Gray. The sliding doors leading into the home office were fabricated by Markus Bartenschlager.

    Photo by Matthew Williams.
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  In the office, a vintage brass gooseneck floor lamp positioned above woven jute cushions creates the perfect perch for Mandayam’s backgammon hobby. The painting—Wall, from 2002—is by Nicholas Evans-Cato, a professor at RISD.  Photo by Matthew Williams.

    In the office, a vintage brass gooseneck floor lamp positioned above woven jute cushions creates the perfect perch for Mandayam’s backgammon hobby. The painting—Wall, from 2002—is by Nicholas Evans-Cato, a professor at RISD.

    Photo by Matthew Williams.
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  A traditional Indian twin bed in Mira’s room is outfitted in hand-stitched linens from Fabindia in Delhi. The toy blocks are from KID-O.  Photo by Matthew Williams.

    A traditional Indian twin bed in Mira’s room is outfitted in hand-stitched linens from Fabindia in Delhi. The toy blocks are from KID-O.

    Photo by Matthew Williams.
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  At right, the family dines at a mid-century walnut table found on eBay, seated at a mix of new and antique Wishbone chairs by Hans Wegner.  Photo by Matthew Williams.

    At right, the family dines at a mid-century walnut table found on eBay, seated at a mix of new and antique Wishbone chairs by Hans Wegner.

    Photo by Matthew Williams.
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  Workstead wall-mounted lamps illuminate a photo from Cloud Series by Matthew Williams. The bench is by Hugh Acton.  Photo by Matthew Williams.

    Workstead wall-mounted lamps illuminate a photo from Cloud Series by Matthew Williams. The bench is by Hugh Acton.

    Photo by Matthew Williams.
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  Custom kitchen cabinetry was designed by Workstead and fabricated by the firm’s go-to woodworker Bartenschlager.  Photo by Matthew Williams.

    Custom kitchen cabinetry was designed by Workstead and fabricated by the firm’s go-to woodworker Bartenschlager.

    Photo by Matthew Williams.
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  The Viking gas range is shown in Cotton White and finished in polished brass details to match the Workstead-designed hood.  Photo by Matthew Williams.

    The Viking gas range is shown in Cotton White and finished in polished brass details to match the Workstead-designed hood.

    Photo by Matthew Williams.
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  A Rohl faucet was stripped and replated in brushed brass. The modern fixtures prove a lovely contrast to the American walnut countertops and original Rosenthal dishware.  Photo by Matthew Williams.

    A Rohl faucet was stripped and replated in brushed brass. The modern fixtures prove a lovely contrast to the American walnut countertops and original Rosenthal dishware.

    Photo by Matthew Williams.
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    Photo by Matthew Williams.
    Photo by Matthew Williams.
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  The house's plan.  Photo by Matthew Williams.

    The house's plan.

    Photo by Matthew Williams.

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