May 13, 2014 Issue
The next time you’re out and about, look up. You’ll see a whole new world: that glimpse of a ceiling (is it … covered in red patent leather?), the barely visible boughs of a rooftop garden in bloom, all those tantalizing hints of how our neighbors live. This city is full of secrets. Who would guess that a humdrum building in Brooklyn houses a modernist sanctuary, or that
a West Village apartment contains a full-on locker room—sauna included? Who would imagine that a stately Upper East Side mansion holds a swimming pool (and so much more)? In the fourth edition of New York’s Design Hunting, Wendy Goodman invites us into some of the city’s most surprising homes. Delight in a Chelsea townhouse reinvented by architect Winka Dubbeldam. Step into a kitchen that’s truly one-of-a-kind. And wait until you see what a couple of enterprising owners did with their Crown Heights house. Read on, get inspired—then check out our guide to the best of the city’s architects, interior designers, specialists of every stripe, and all the stores you need to know about. Whether you’re actually renovating, or just like to look, you’re in for a treat.
On the Cover: Jeremy Floto and Cassandra Warner’s Crown Heights bedroom. Photograph by Floto+Warner for New York Magazine
Seeking the city’s best bedding? Out-of-print books? A housewarming gift they’ll actually use? Take your cues from these local tastemakers.
Forty-six years later, architect Dennis Holloway’s modular Superstairs system still looks ahead of its time.
Everything you’ll want now—from a minimalist chandelier to handcrafted ceramic dinnerware to a stunning sculpted metal table.
Try to name the fashion pioneer who kicked back at this Hamptons house.
I Just ...
For her uptown apartment, Meaghan Kimball didn’t settle for anything short of elegance—albeit on a smaller-than-usual scale.
Shane Ruth’s sophisticatedly homespun Hell’s Kitchen apartment.
Yuuki Kitada’s wholly reimagined Brooklyn three-bedroom.
Who Did That?
“They wanted to insert some young blood, and encouraged us to be bold with our intervention.”
“An open layout with modern family-friendly design and supercool kids’ rooms” was the directive.
“I immediately realized that the skylight could allow rooftop access.”
Ask the Experts
“It’s always been said that designers should start with the rug, and I would agree.”
“Make sure the piece is in untouched condition, meaning it comes straight from an estate to the dealer.”
“A good living-wall system should cost as little as possible and be as maintenance-free as possible.”
“People have this expectation that organized equals neatness—they are two very different things.”
“They’ll guide you through colors and ideas and the sample-making process.”
Eat, Sweat, Sleep, Lounge
Anthony Baratta’s bold vision for an Upper East Side apartment kitchen abounds with cultural references—to modern art, industrial design, and Italian fashion.
When a very modern West Village apartment needed a touch of the old school, interior designer Ariel Ashe and architect Reinaldo Leandro transformed the storage space into a private locker room—complete with built-in sauna.
A laid-back getaway by Shanan Campanaro and Michelle Zacks.
To transform an eyesore of a Chelsea basement into a laid-back home theater, architecture firm Messana O’Rorke and interior designer Betsy Morgan had to dig deep—into the dirt, that is.
Architect Winka Dubbeldam creates a family home that erases the borders between rooms and blurs the lines between indoors and out.
A Crown Heights home gets fearlessly remade by two DIY owners.
On every level, Steven Harris Architects has crafted one of the city’s most surprising homes.
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