Pre-war apartment in a minimalist way

This flat is located in New York. The last renovation took place in the 90's, but unfortunately many of the historical elements were destroyed at that time. The architects from the Worrell Yeung studio faced the difficult task of regaining the former splendor and adapting the apartment plan to the current needs of the owners.

Author: JC

Photos: Brooke Holm

http://www.worrellyeung.com

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Before the renovation, the apartment had the traditional "Classic Six" layout, typical of the Upper West Side. The architects decided to modernize the interior and open the day zone so as to maximize the amount of daylight and take advantage of the view of the Natural History Museum located nearby.

It was decided to restore historical details and combine them with non-standard, minimalist shapes and natural materials.

 

In the hall, a wall of wood and fabric creates a decorative partition, revealing a light-flooded living room with a dining area. Two arches mark the passages between the hall and the living room as well as the living room and bedrooms. It is a translation of traditional pre-war arches into a highly contemporary form.

Throughout the apartment, white herringbone oak has replaced neglected floors, a light shade brightens the space. In the kitchen, white oak cabinets combined with Calacatta marble were chosen. In the lounge, the dark bar is lined with Verde St. Lucia.

When it comes to choosing furniture, the architects strike a balance between the old and the new: iconic Scandinavian designs are combined with new furniture, mostly by American designers.

 

For example, in the dining room, the Fabricius & Kastholm vintage brass lamp is combined with the Blu Dot dining table and Carl Hansen chairs. In the living room, the Muuto sofa is combined with the classic Morten Gøttlerc chairs and the Pacha armchair by Pierre Paulin for Gubi.

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