Graphic designers Ned Drew and Brenda McManus have made their renovated Manhattan apartment a showcase for their collectibles, including a vintage Eames leg splint and a “Wilhelm Tell” poster by Armin Hofmann.
Architects Richard Garber and Nicole Robertson demolished a wall, creating an open area for eating and entertaining.
The Vladimir Lenin prints were a gift from Drew’s father, also a graphic designer, and reflect their shared love of “graphically powerful types of printed ephemera,” Drew says. Standard chairs by Jean Prouvé for Vitra are tucked under the dining table.
An Eames Storage Unit helps to define distinct living and dining spaces. A Melo sofa from BoConcept faces a chest of drawers that Drew found at a Manhattan flea market.
Garber and Robertson replaced walls and doors with translucent Panelite, which draws sunlight deep into the apartment.
A steel I-beam was exposed during the renovation, and McManus and Drew opted to leave it that way, as it complemented the radiators and pipes that remain in their raw state elsewhere in the apartment. The general contractor, Eze Bongo, constructed the bamboo plywood desk.
Encased in Panelite, the bathroom creates a lantern effect when illuminated from within. “At night it’s nice because you can put on the shower light, close that door, and it’s like a floating box in the apartment,” McManus says. “It just glows.”