One Room Fits All

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May 4, 2009

New Yorkers often work, eat, sleep, and entertain in a single room. But for Milan Hughston, a renovation turned that predicament into a pleasure.

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  Milan Hughston's apartment is at the rear of a historic multi-unit building  Photo by: Grant Delin
    Milan Hughston's apartment is at the rear of a historic multi-unit building

    Photo by: Grant Delin

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  Checking email over coffee, Hughston places his laptop on the fold-down Formica table that Sanders designed. Jack Lenor Larsen's Cybelle fabric covers the wall on his right. Above the sofa hangs an Italian pendant lamp of mysterious origin; if you recognize it, please contact us.  Photo by: Grant Delin
    Checking email over coffee, Hughston places his laptop on the fold-down Formica table that Sanders designed. Jack Lenor Larsen's Cybelle fabric covers the wall on his right. Above the sofa hangs an Italian pendant lamp of mysterious origin; if you recognize it, please contact us.

    Photo by: Grant Delin

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  Hughston keeps all his tableware behind the curtain, on the shelves nearest the kitchen. The ample shelf space, covering the entire wall (except that taken up by the Murphy bed), makes it easy for Hughston to avoid mess. The contrast of gold and turquoise is warm and lively.  Photo by: Grant Delin
    Hughston keeps all his tableware behind the curtain, on the shelves nearest the kitchen. The ample shelf space, covering the entire wall (except that taken up by the Murphy bed), makes it easy for Hughston to avoid mess. The contrast of gold and turquoise is warm and lively.

    Photo by: Grant Delin

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  "I think of the bed as intimate space," Hughston says, "and putting the bed away—having it out of sight when not in use—is satisfying." The custom-designed Murphy bed, concealed by day behind the gold curtain is well built; it's ergonomically easy to lower and has a firm sleeping surface.  Photo by: Grant Delin
    "I think of the bed as intimate space," Hughston says, "and putting the bed away—having it out of sight when not in use—is satisfying." The custom-designed Murphy bed, concealed by day behind the gold curtain is well built; it's ergonomically easy to lower and has a firm sleeping surface.

    Photo by: Grant Delin

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  Milan Hughston's quiet street in Manhattan's West Village is moments from the neighborhood's boutique shopping and nocturnal ruckuses. Architect Joel Sanders made Hughston's space multi-functional; here it's shown as a living room, for relaxing or entertaining friends.  Photo by: Grant Delin
    Milan Hughston's quiet street in Manhattan's West Village is moments from the neighborhood's boutique shopping and nocturnal ruckuses. Architect Joel Sanders made Hughston's space multi-functional; here it's shown as a living room, for relaxing or entertaining friends.

    Photo by: Grant Delin

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  When slid toward the kitchen on custom tracks, the fold-down table gives Hughston much-needed counter space. Luckily, the apartment came with stainless steel appliances; Sanders covered the cabinets with matching Formica. A mirror behind the kitchen sink also adds a feeling of space.  Photo by: Grant Delin
    When slid toward the kitchen on custom tracks, the fold-down table gives Hughston much-needed counter space. Luckily, the apartment came with stainless steel appliances; Sanders covered the cabinets with matching Formica. A mirror behind the kitchen sink also adds a feeling of space.

    Photo by: Grant Delin

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