PROGRAM: 650 SQ. FT. STUDIO LOFT IN CONVERTED INDUSTRIAL FACTORY BUILDING
DESCRIPTION: The goal of this project, which became a comprehensive renovation midway through the design process, was to highlight and restore the cadence of the original barrel-vaulted ceilings while at the same time creating three distinct, yet unified, spaces below: Entry/ Eat-in Kitchen, Living Room Platform, and Semi-Private Bed Area. The apartment also features a luxurious stone-clad bathroom and custom millwork throughout.
PROGRAM: 3,100 SQ. FT. GUT RENOVATED 3 BEDROOM APARTMENT ALONGSIDE BEACH
DESCRIPTION: The design of this residence is a study in contrast; a warm, organically sculpted walnut millwork wall juxtaposed against a rigidly orthogonal palette of whites and grays. The walnut parti wall siphons the occupant through all the primary spaces of the residence, imbuing each room with its warmth and sensual curves along the way. The apartment culminates at the open-plan living and dining rooms with ocean-front views.
PROGRAM: 1250 TOTAL SQ. FT. LOFT IN CONVERTED INDUSTRIAL FACTORY BUIILDING
STATUS: UNDER CONSTRUCTION
DESCRIPTION: This project is classic NYC design: How to combine 2 adjacent apartment units and make them feel like a unified whole. The redesign was further complicated because the two units are abutting end-to-end, creating a long apartment with windows (originally) only at the far the ends.
The solution was to create a winged apartment with a clear public and private sides. Facing south, there is a generous open-plan living room/dining room/kitchen with 11-foot ceilings and custom cabinetry - perfect for entertaining. The "private" wing to the north has 2 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms and a walk-in closet with laundry. The second bedroom was created by punching a new window into the west facade of the building, bringing required light & air into the room.
DESCRIPTION: The goal of this project is to adapt and modernize a compact 3-bedroom wood-framed home on a large property with beautiful views overlooking the Delaware River Basin. The core of the project is the re-structuralization of the living room, both up and out. By vaulting the ceiling into the attic space and modifying the center bearing-wall, a new circular and more generous flow will exist between the public spaces. Contemporary wood windows are also being added and reconfigured to better frame the views towards the rolling property beyond and create a visual coherency on the exterior.
The detailing of the project is contemporary, but the materiality is warm and inviting. Bleached walnut planks will line the floors. Hand-glazed porcelain tiles will protect the entries. Traditional joinery techniques with be evident in the the millwork throughout the house, adding a layer of depth and detail to the otherwise crisp lines.
LOCATION: HARBOUR ISLAND, THE BAHAMAS
PROGRAM: 1,000 SQ. FT. BEACH SHACK/CABANA HOUSE
DESCRIPTION: This ground-up, new construction project is a contemporary detailed house on two levels, located in a cabana village adjacent to the beach. The bedrooms and bathroom are located on the ground floor, a series of private rooms that are fully protected from the sun. The upper level, reached by a covered exterior stair, is an open plan living space with a kitchen, dining and living area. It is a true indoor/outdoor living space made possible via a set of lift/roll glass doors that open onto a covered terrance with direct ocean views.
The detailing and materiality of the home is contemporary, but there is also a nod to the Bahamian vernacular. The base of the building is constructed from ground-face architectural block with local coral stone used as aggregate. Thick walls, as well as (top-hinging) Bahamas shutters, are used everywhere to keep the sun out. Multiple windows are used in each room to create cross-ventilation. A cistern below the building captures rain water but also cools the building. The top floor has a timber-framed, open truss roof structure, used both to withstand hurricane-force winds but also keep the house cool.
MATERIAL: 100% HAND-WOVEN SILK
DESCRIPTION: Designed for the Palm Beach Residence, these custom silk rugs are designed to give a softness underfoot and add splashes of color to their given rooms. Silk was chosen both for its rich materiality, as well as its interplay with light and movement. Wanting the rugs to relate to their context, a clipping mask was used over an earlier schematic design drawing (an architectural objet trouvé...so to speak), to create the color blocks and resultant patterns. The included diagrams show that process.
MATERIALS: AMERICAN WALNUT CUSTOM UPHOLSTERED SPRING MATTRESSES
DESCRIPTION: Solid, deceptively simple, this daybed is meant to function as a comfortable place to sit or lounge. Upon closer inspection, one realizes that one bed becomes two, when you slide the top bed to reveal an additional mattress hidden in the frame below. When arranged side-by-side, or head-to-toe, the mattresses comfortably sleep two adults.
PROGRAM: 450 SQ. FT. STUDIO IN HISTORIC GREENWICH VILLAGE TOWNHOUSE
STATUS: UNDER CONSTRUCTION
DESCRIPTION: The goal of this renovation is two-fold: to carve a sleeping room out of the existing kitchen area, thereby converting this 1-room studio into a 2-room studio, and to expose and restore the original remaining wood casework, while adding a new contemporary kitchen and other built-in (clothing) storage units.
MATERIALS: SOLID ASH TOP POWDER-COATED ALUMINUM BASE
DESCRIPTION: Designed for a small apartment, this TABLE functions both as an everyday dining table and work surface. The table has a duality; a heavy, solid timber top that can withstand abuse, resting upon a more playful, lighter, blue-colored aluminum base. The 2" half-rounded edge softens the reading of the top, and corresponds to the 2" diameter splayed legs.
MATERIALS: SOLID AMERICAN WALNUT BALTIC BIRCH PLATFORM
DESCRIPTION: Designed for longevity, BED 01 is made from 1.5" thick solid American walnut. This deceptively simple bed frame shows off the natural character of the wood and highlights the traditional joinery techniques that hold this bed together. No mechanical fasteners were used in the making of this bed.