This project is an apartment combination and full trade renovation in a pre-war building on lower 5th Avenue for a family of four.
We combined three smaller pre-war apartments to create one large apartment. The design took about six months and the build-out another year. The layout of the apartment is one of our favorites to date with a more private bedroom wing, separated from the more public dining and living areas. There are 21 windows in total within all rooms, including all the bathrooms.
There are many unique details including
· A hidden powder room with a 6” thick hidden door that has two layers of custom translucent glass lites - the outer glass being slightly more transparent allowing for the depth of the door to be read from the entry.
· A curiosity cabinet with a taxidermy toucan mounted on a cast bronze branch which forms the ‘sentry’ between the entry and bedroom wing. The bronze branch was custom cast by Polich Tallix in upstate New York. The branch and mounting was designed/coordinated by Anne Gibbs of White Mule.
· 1.5” wide rift oak flooring was custom milled over the course of 6 months. The logs were harvested and hand selected by a mill in western Pennsylvania. This flooring channels turn of the century detailing including a entry “mat” of chevron pattern in the front hall.
· A separate mudroom entrance.
· A secret closet in the master bedroom that opens to reveal a museum of curiosities for the owner’s collection of memorabilia.
· Custom built-in children’s furniture for the two boys’ bedrooms.
· Custom millwork panels in the Living Room to conceal the television.
· Custom wallpaper in the guest/boys’ bathroom by Marthe Armitage which sits above a vertically stacked wainscot pattern of Heath tile.
· Poured in place terrazzo flooring in the guest/boys’ bath and the mudroom.
· Custom door hardware from Nanz.
· Vintage light fixtures by Helena Tynell and Angelo Lelli
· Custom entry wall sconces by Hervé Van Der Straeten
· Custom plaster pendants in the living room by Remains Lighting.
· Custom furniture and lighting by Allied Maker, BDDW, De La Espada, Ralph Pucci and Christopher Kurtz. Living Room rug by Fort Street Studio.
A view from the entry foyer - the kitchen is on the left and the living room on the right. The door with circular translucent lites leads to a hidden powder room. The vintage wall sconces are by Helena Tynell.
View from the dining area towards the kitchen.
View from the entry to the Living Room. Furniture by BDDW, Paul Mathieu and Kieran Kinsella. The area rug is by Fort Street Studio. The cast plaster ceiling fixtures are by Pulltab and Remains Lighting.