Architects Anne Marie Singer and Nina Cooke John from Frame Design Lab like to explore every possible option for a project. So when a couple with a young son sought an inventive way to update their New York City apartment, Singer and John were eager to consider a few possibilities before finding the perfect fit.
The couple, who both work in creative industries, wanted their cramped Chelsea address to meet the differing needs of more space and more privacy, all within the confines of a two-bedroom apartment. They asked for a master bathroom, two walk-in closets, a laundry room, and a guest room — and it was Singer and John's jobs to come up with some inventive ideas.
Their most unusual one ended up being the winner. Singer and John devised a plan for a "floating cube" sitting in the middle of the layout, which would have lowered walls to let light easily filter across the space. Now, sliding doors separate this private office from the surrounding two bedrooms, and the rest of the property features a calm palette that gives the airy illusion of more square footage.