Vivid Accent Colors Turn This Tiny Abode Into a Dreamy Oasis

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By Kate Reggev
A design duo transform their Manhattan apartment from dark and cramped to sleek and loft-like.

After acquiring a 520-square-foot apartment in the city's lovely Chelsea neighborhood, architectural designers Daniel Rauchwerger and Noam Dvir, co-founders of BoND, decided to renovate the space for themselves. 

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Bold, saturated tones contrast beautifully with the metallic finishes and neutral colors that characterize the furnishings in the living room.

Bold, saturated tones contrast beautifully with the metallic finishes and neutral colors that characterize the furnishings in the living room.

Located on the third floor of a building constructed in 1910, the unit's original layout featured three distinct areas: a living room and bedroom at opposite ends, and a narrow corridor/kitchen connecting the two. 

Thanks to the glazed partition, views from the living room continue directly into the kitchen area and bedroom.

Thanks to the glazed partition, views from the living room continue directly into the kitchen area and bedroom.

To create one large, continuous space, the designers removed interior partitions to emphasize the apartment's long and narrow proportions. This linearity is now highlighted both by the direction the flooring runs, as well as through the long, inset lighting fixtures. 

White shelving blends in seamlessly with the crisp, white walls. 

White shelving blends in seamlessly with the crisp, white walls. 

For the fixtures and furnishings of the apartment, the duo sought to combine custom details—like the reflective metal cladding of the original brick fireplace—with richly colored off-the-shelf pieces. 

In the kitchen, they altered IKEA cabinets and installed a marble slab for a countertop and backsplash.

Integrated appliances now keep the area simple, modern, and efficient, and the narrow counter runs along the hallway to provide extra space for storage.

Integrated appliances now keep the area simple, modern, and efficient, and the narrow counter runs along the hallway to provide extra space for storage.

Located at the opposite end of the apartment from the living room, the bedroom remains light and bright throughout the day.

Located at the opposite end of the apartment from the living room, the bedroom remains light and bright throughout the day.

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Architecture & Design: Daniel Rauchwerger and Noam Dvir