Few apartments in New York City are as coveted as ones in prewar buildings, where crown moldings, parquet flooring, and spacious living areas reign supreme. For a young family living in a classic Park Avenue building, the goal was to create a totally modern look, but one that didn't completely erase the property's heritage.
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In came NYC-based architectural firm Michael K. Chen Architecture to rework the entire layout. Each room is now fully functional, and many spaces overlap, creating a more comfortable environment for the family. The firm connected rooms in places like the living room, which is separated from the dining room by a sleek glass partition, to create an even greater sense of grandeur and openness.
After the layout was finalized, the rest was all about playful details and textures, with funky light fixtures, courageous colors, and metallic finishes.
Sculptural furniture pieces dominate the living room. A unique chair by renowned Scottish designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh accompanies a series of poufs upholstered in shaggy mohair. A vintage brass coffee table is an ideal pairing for a stainless steel shelving unit by François Monnet.
A gray onyx and bronze fireplace mantel gives a weighty feel to the living area, alongside the turquoise glass sconces that set a slight art deco atmosphere. Custom furniture is mixed in with older items, including a vintage Fontana Arte mirror. The custom-designed circular sofa (upholstered in a blue fabric from Maharam) was created by MKCA.
An Enzo Mari gorilla print reigns over a casual dining nook in the kitchen. The Michael Anastassiades light fixtures were sourced from gallery-meets-furniture store The Future Perfect.
The kitchen bucks traditional style with bold black cabinetry, marble countertops, and a textured backsplash.