Collection by Diana Budds

University Place Apartment


After a young couple purchased an apartment in New York City's Greenwich Village, they turned to Matthew Miller of local firm StudioLAB to rescue its dark, closed-off interiors. The 800-square-foot apartment was divided into two 400-square-foot levels. The ground floor originally had a closed-off kitchen and a living-dining room, and the basement level housed the bedroom and bathroom. Miller opted to open up the plan and brighten all of the surfaces—flooring, walls, countertops—to breathe some life into the space. Though the changes are dramatic, Miller faced challenges due to the fact that this wasn't a total gut-renovation. "New York City apartments are very much like a puzzle," he says. "The plumbing doesn't move, you have to consider the HVAC, and there is a certain number of doors and windows you have to work with. It's not like a house where you have more leeway..." Tour the apartment in the slideshow.

The kitchen was originally long, narrow, and completely closed off from the rest of the apartment.
The kitchen features Caesarstone countertops, a Miele dishwasher and hood, SubZero refrigerator, and built-in microwave...
Here's what the kitchen looked like before.
Opposite the kitchen is a dining area and living room, which can be partitioned off with a set of folding doors.
One of the home's boldest space-saving moves is this set of custom pivot-sliding doors, which offers the flexibility of...
The doors are set on a track by Häfele and pivot 90 degrees.
As they open, they fold and stack flush.
Here's the room with the doors fully opened. The sofa is by Ligne Roset.
Here's what the living room looked like before.
Now, cubbies are built into the wall to provide storage.
A stairwell featuring stainless-steel hand rails and glass connects the two levels.
The original staircase.
Here's the master bedroom on the lower level.
The bathroom features fixtures by Duravit and Hansgrohe.