Renovation of a 2200sf loft in a masonry/cast iron industrial building converted to residential units. The plan is derived from the limitations of the existing columns, the 5 bay window unit at the center of the loft and the client’s program to keep two bedrooms, add a work space and enlarge the existing kitchen. The amorphous shape of the loft necessitated a partitioning device to create individual spaces without losing the openness of the loft space. The thresholds define the perimeter of the Dining Room at the heart of the loft. The niches mark the entry points into ancillary spaces. The continuous floor plane ties all the spaces together.
General Contractor: Robertson-Tait LLC
Millworker: Ivory Build
Photos by THEY bklyn
West Village Townhouse
The project was to revert a multi-unit Greek Revival style rowhouse apartment building into a single family home as it was intended to be used when built in 1847. The small footprint of the house led to the addition of a three story enlargement at the rear. Inserting a steel frame inside the party walls allowed a seamless transition between the old and the new. The kitchen at the back of the Parlor Floor opens to the Terrace connected to the garden below with a staircase. Multiple casement doors swing out into the Terrace and the Garden for maximum light and air.
This pre-war apartment in Park Slope, Brooklyn, was partially renovated to update the two bathrooms functionally and aesthetically to the Owners’ needs, and add new cabinetry. The design relies on natural materials to complement the original aesthetic of the apartment while contemporary details and fixtures are juxtaposed with the traditional details. The marble tile in the Guest/Kids Bathroom was meticulously laid out by the tile mason and coordinated with the marble slabs around the tub. The stone tiles in the Master Bathroom and the wood vanity bring the warmth of the mahogany moldings into the modern bathroom.
Design collaboration with Frances Mildred General Contractor: Mark Suchocki UM Construction Millworker: Ivory Build
Café Grumpy Grand Central
The design of the new cafe at Grand Central Terminal integrates common elements of other Cafe Grumpy stores with the specific qualities of the space at Lexington Passage. The long and narrow room activated by the movement of crowds walking by provided the inspiration for the ceiling planes that mimic the form and function of a rail car. Solid walnut counters, brass and blown glass light fixtures speak to the high quality of products Cafe Grumpy provides. In the spirit of Grand Central Terminal, the design aims to weave together modern life with the thoughtful deliberation of an older era.
General Contractor: Zenith Builders Millworker: Ivory Build
Kemer Country is a large scale residential development in Istanbul, Turkey. It's comprised of 14 different neighborhoods, each with its own unique design. All neighborhoods have distinct but coherent features. The landscape design team has designed and implemented the public areas as well as the private gardens. Primary design goal was to create landscapes in harmony with the surrounding forest.
"Kemer Country is characterized by the natural beauty of Belgrad Forest, the ponds and lakes and the water ducts by the greatest Turkish architect Mimar Sinan, is also the residence of an elite community. Designed as meticulously as the indoor ones, the outdoor spaces are forested with handpicked trees. '' visit website
Clinton Hill Townhouse
Design development for the conversion of a three-family Italianate style brownstone into an owner’s duplex and rental apartment at the garden floor. Owner’s requirements for adjacency and circulation between kitchen, dining room, hall and garden resulted in the generation of multiple design options. In the stacked volumes option a galley kitchen is inserted into one bay of the townhouse over a sunroom at the garden floor below. The roof of the sunroom serves as a small terrace off the kitchen with stairs leading down to the garden. Explorations included materiality and finishes as well as massing.
Café Grumpy Greenpoint
In collaboration with John Alber & Alex Joon Kim
In 2005 Cafe Grumpy opened its first store in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The raw and cavernous ground floor space of a corner residential building was turned into a welcoming coffeeshop by opening up the storefront with large windows and providing ample seating. In keeping with the company’s principle of locally roasting and brewing its coffee, the wood and stainless steel serving counter and the corner bench were hand built by the design team in the space.
The cafe was featured in Seasons 1 and 2 of HBO TV Series Girls.
Sunset Park Townhouse
Partial renovation of the Garden and Parlor Floors of a two family brownstone in Sunset Park Brooklyn. The key element of the design is to open up the Garden Floor and connect it to the garden, therefore bringing in more daylight. The kitchen on the Garden Floor and the Parlor level bathroom are completely renovated, and a new bathroom is added at the Garden Floor.
Completed in 2015
Construction Management: Uplift Interiors
General Contractor: ProKast Construction
Photos by THEY Brooklyn
The garden floor kitchen before the renovation
Renovation of a cozy one bedroom apartment to suit the lifestyle and eclectic collection of the owner. In collaboration with Uplift Design & Construction Management.
Cafe Grumpy FiDi
Upon removing the partitions and dropped ceilings we discovered that the newest Café Grumpy is in the original “Conference Room” of Stone & Webster, Inc in their office building of the same name built in 1930, in the southern most section of Manhattan. The design of the café restores the grandness and elegance of the original space while maintaining the inviting, friendly vibe of the Café Grumpy stores. With natural materials, warm lighting and classical details the cafe is an escape for New Yorkers and tourists alike from the bustling city outside its doors.