Billinkoff Architecture were hired by a couple who were interested in downsizing from a family home in Westchester, New York to a much smaller Manhattan Post War Apartment. The clients settled on a two-bedroom, post-war apartment but with several demands to make it work. The Manhattan post war apartment appeared to have no potential when first viewed as it was located in an old white brick building with low quality finishes. However with a lot of creativity the owners were able to make their dream come true!
The Manhattan post war apartment needed to have the same attention to detail that their previous home had, although it wasn´t supposed to be a replica. Their desire was a contemporary, urban interior for a large family and plenty of places for storage.
The only requirement that had to be incorporated into the new apartment was the owners’ luxury art collection that they had amassed over the years. Other than that, all of their possessions could be negotiable.
The living room is wrapped with a built-in storage cabinet set to 42″ in height leaving room for a rotating display of art, along with niches to hold their various sculptures. For additional seating, a bench upholstered in leather was built into the storage wall.
The terrace of this manhattan post war apartment was built out for extra interior space. The sliding doors were removed and the ceiling and floor heights were leveled out to create a seamless transition. A built-in chaise and two leather Poltrona Frau chairs fill the space. In the den, a custom sofa bed is placed in front of a 65″ wall-mounted television. Additional display shelves hold artwork.
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