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Alan Wanzenberg Architect/Design

333 W. 52nd St., nr. Ninth Ave., second fl.; 212-489-7980;

Wanzenberg combines the best of the architect’s and decorator’s sensibilities through his focus on craftsmanship. His aesthetic favors a limited palette of color and high-grade materials that create handsome and unified spaces.

Alexander Gorlin Architects

137 Varick St., nr. Spring St., fifth fl.; 212-229-1199;

Gorlin sees the home as a sanctuary, to be built of materials native to the site and fitted with wide windows to take in the view. Trained as a modernist, he nonetheless cites Vermeer’s use of light and space as an inspiration.

Andrew Berman Architect

77 Chambers St., nr. Broadway, fourth fl.; 212-226-5998;

This studio creates airy, light-filled spaces and buildings. Recent commissions include work for MoMA PS1, the SculptureCenter in Long Island City, and residences in Long Island and Maine.

Andrew Franz Architect

135 W. 26th St., nr. Sixth Ave., Ste. 10B; 212-505-1992;

Clean, open, and ecofriendly spaces are this firm’s specialties; most projects employ natural wood and other materials while incorporating modern design principles. The staff includes several LEED-­accredited practitioners, reinforcing the company’s commitment to the environment. (ecofriendly)

Anik Pearson Architect PC

49 W. 38th St., nr. Sixth Ave., 16th fl.; 212-951-7244;

Bourgogne, France–raised Pearson trained as an architect at New York City’s Cooper Union and brings a fondness for old house details to city digs and country homes. Clients trust her to salvage period paneling and vaulted ceilings during gut renovations or reconfigure worn cabinets in stainless steel for a sleek, modern look.

Architecture in Formation

526 W. 26th St., nr. Tenth Ave., Ste. 422; 212-714-1006;

Matthew Bremer’s outfit designs contemporary spaces that juxtapose modern technology with artisanal flourishes. This 2009 AIA Young Architects Award recipient is at once practical and learned: He created an urban bachelor pad for a young commodities trader based on fractal geometry and the parable of Plato’s Cave.

Architecture Research Office

170 Varick St., nr. Charlton St., seventh fl.; 212-675-1870;

The work of partners Stephen Cassell, Adam Yarinsky, and Kim Yao moves beyond modernism via adventures in the application of materials: Laser-cut stainless steel, a geometrically patterned composite-wood screen, and a translucent beeswax-covered partition have all appeared in their projects.

Bade Stageberg Cox

25 Chapel St., nr. Jay St., Ste. 600, Dumbo; 718-858-4409;

Whether in their commercial, residential, or civic work, this Brooklyn firm always takes a studied and insightful approach—creating spaces in which design is about reinforcing or deepening the user’s experience.

B Five Studio LLP

30 W. 24th St., nr. Sixth Ave., eighth fl.; 212-255-7827;

This studio has been creating modern houses and interiors since 1981. The firm’s designs emphasize comfort and craftsmanship — think special wall treatments and custom-made furniture—and often incorporate floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing natural landscapes or city views.

Bonetti/Kozerski Studio

270 Lafayette St., nr. Prince St., Ste. 906; 212-343-9898;

Designing residential and commercial spaces, Bonetti/­Kozerski distills and conveys the essence of each client. For Donna Karan’s terrace apartment, the firm created an air-conditioning system that circulated air from Central Park and infused it with essential oils of Karan’s choosing.

The Brooklyn Home Company

138 Union St., nr. Hicks St., Ste. 1B, Carroll Gardens; 718-715-0418;

At this cooperative, designers Lyndsay Caleo and Fitzhugh Karol and architect Ilya Vilnits create spaces with top-notch custom carpentry: countertops, cabinets, ceiling beams, and built-in units.

Buro Koray Duman

866 Sixth Ave., nr. 31st St., 11th fl. 212-686-6875

In their award-winning work, Duman’s team of eight full-time architects rejects an “either/or” dichotomy, designing buildings that are “functional and unexpected, engaged and poetic, experimental and affordable.” For their design of an Islamic Cultural Center commissioned by the American Society for Muslim Advancement, BKD envisioned an all-glass exterior with rooms partitioned by mashrabiya-inspired screens.


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