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    DDG and IMG outfit penthouse in art deco-influenced Manhattan skyscraper

    Arched openings frame views of New York City from this duplex penthouse apartment in a Carnegie Hill residential tower, designed and developed by American real estate company DDG.

    The penthouse sits atop the newly constructed 180 East 88th Street, an art deco-influenced building that tallest residence north of 72nd Street on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
    The arched opening that crowns 180 East 88th Street frame views from the interiorSpilt over two storeys, its 5,508 square feet (512 square metres) of interiors were designed by the tower’s architects and developers DDG and staged by New York firm IMG.
    The residence also enjoys an additional 3,500 square feet (325 square metres) of exterior spaces across multiple levels — including a private rooftop terrace overlooking Central Park.
    A sculptural staircase connects the two storeys and the roof terrace of the penthouseHuge arches in the grey-brick facades that wrap the building’s crown are visible from the inside, thanks to large expanses of glazing that enclose the apartment on both floors.

    There are views across the city in all directions, the most dramatic of which is of the Midtown skyline to the south.
    The kitchen features a golden cooker hood that echoes the building’s pinnacleThere are two living spaces, a large dining area and a separate eat-in kitchen, five bedrooms and a den, and four full and two half bathrooms.
    The two internal levels and the roof terrace are connected by a curvaceous staircase that rises through centre of the penthouse.

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    Spaces are neutrally decorated, with sculptural light fixtures and expressive artworks adding visual interest.
    In the kitchen, a golden cooker hood echoes the colour and shape of an architectural feature on the building’s pinnacle.
    Expansive terraces enjoy unobstructed views across ManhattanCompleted earlier this year, 180 East 88th Street includes 46 half- and full-floor residences, along with amenities such as a partial indoor basketball court and soccer pitch, a game room, a residents’ lounge, a private fitness and yoga studio, and a children’s playroom with a slide.
    The building’s exterior design was influenced by “the boom in high-rise masonry construction in New York in the early 20th century”, and is one of many recent skyscrapers in the city that have ditched glass in favour of more solid-looking materials.
    Full-height glass walls allow the vistas to be enjoyed from the majority of rooms”Paying homage to the lost art of traditional craftsmanship, the intricate exterior features a striking hand-laid brick facade made of 600,000 handmade bricks by Denmark’s master brickworks Petersen Tegl,” said a statement from DDG.
    Manhattan has no shortage of luxury penthouses, with some of the most notable including a residence at the top of Rafael Viñoly’s 432 Park Avenue and the premium unit at Zaha Hadid’s 520 West 28th Street development.
    The photography is by Sean Hemmerle.

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    Messana O'Rorke places marble bathrooms in Malin + Goetz founders' New York apartment

    New York studio Messana O’Rorke has extended its collaboration with skincare brand Malin + Goetz by designing an apartment for its founders on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, where special attention was paid to the bathrooms.

    After creating store interiors for the brand across the US for several years, Messana O’Rorke turned its attention to a space for co-founders Matthew Malin and Andrew Goetz to live in.
    Messana O’Rorke renovated the apartment in a historic building on West 76th StreetThe apartment on West 76th Street was fully renovated for the couple to reflect their passions for beauty and wellness, while embracing the building’s history.
    “The space creates a gentle push and pull between the comfort of the past and the vigor of the present – embedded in the architectural details,” said Messana O’Rorke.
    A mixture of contemporary and vintage furniture and artworks imbue the spaces with personalityThese details include a traditional baseboard that encircles the main living spaces but ends abruptly in the central vestibule, where it is replaced with a quarter-inch (0.6-centimetre) shadow gap between the walls and floor for a more modern look.

    Reclaimed oak parquet flooring is laid in a herringbone pattern throughout most of the rooms, providing the air of a European pied-à-terre.
    Light materials were used for surfaces in the narrow kitchenA simplified version of a plaster relief detail – found during the demolition of a dropped ceiling in the bedroom – also wraps the wall and ceiling junctions, suggestive of crown moulding.
    While these details all tie the living spaces together, it’s in the bathrooms that Messana O’Rorke has made the most dramatic interventions.
    In the two bathrooms, Carrera marble lines the walls, floors and showers”Given that the homeowners are the founding partners of Malin + Goetz, Messana O’Rorke paid particular attention to the design of the two bathrooms, which reflect the beauty brand’s ethos as a modern apothecary,” said the studio.
    Unlacquered brass fixtures and hardware are installed against Carrera marble, which clads the walls, floors and showers to create a “spa-like” feeling.
    A hidden light strip appears to wash the stone in the shower with daylightIn one bathroom, mirrors surround a window above the sink, where more brass is used to line the recess and forms a trim around the perimeter.
    A shower is illuminated from a hidden pocket in the ceiling, giving the illusion that the stone wall is washed with daylight.

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    The same marble is continued in the narrow kitchen as countertops and backsplash, keeping the space light in tandem with white cabinets and stainless steel appliances.
    Furniture is a blend of contemporary and vintage, mixing dark woods with sofas in muted velvet upholstery.
    Unlacquered brass is used for fixtures and to line a window recessA variety of artworks decorate the living room and den walls, while a large collection of books fills shelves in the office – both providing more colour and personality to the apartment.
    “Much like the Malin + Goetz boutiques the firm had previously designed, a single vintage display element subtly offsets the taut architectural envelope; the furnishings and interior appointments bridge the traditional and the modern,” Messana O’Rorke said.
    Herringbone patterned parquet was laid through the living spacesThe studio was founded in 1996 by Brian Messana and Toby O’Rorke, and has previously renovated an 18th-century home in Upstate New York.
    Renovations on the Upper West Side completed by other studios include a residence by Stadt Architecture where existing brickwork walls were paired with walnut floors and a 1920s apartment overhauled with custom millwork by Format Architecture Office.
    The photography is by Stephen Kent Johnson.

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    Studio MK27 combines different textures in São Paulo apartment interior

    Furry upholstery, lace curtains and tactile rugs all feature in Flat #6, a São Paulo apartment designed by Studio MK27.

    The local architecture and design studio reworked the four-bedroom flat to provide a cosy but practical home for a couple and their three teenage sons.
    Flat #6 is home to a couple with three teenage sonsIts interior design draws on a love of Brazilian design, both vintage and contemporary, which is shared by both the owners and Studio MK27 founder and architect Marcio Kogan.
    Designs by the likes of Lina Bo Bardi, Jorge Zalszupin and Giuseppe Scapinelli feature alongside ipe wood wall panelling and basalt stone flooring.
    Living spaces occupy an L-shaped space that wraps the apartment on two sides”The decoration adds a layer of tactility to each corner of the apartment,” said Studio MK27.

    “A mixture of contemporary and vintage pieces already owned by the couple blends harmonically with the sober finishings and adds a touch of colour.”
    A piano provides a focal pointFlat #6 is shortlisted in the apartment interior category at the 2022 Dezeen Awards.
    Studio MK27 was commissioned for the project after having already designed another apartment in the same building, Flat #12.
    The two homes have the same layout, with all of the main family living spaces occupying a single L-shaped space that wraps the apartment on two sides.
    Furnishings include a mix of contemporary and vintage piecesThese living spaces create a buffer zone between the private bedrooms and bathrooms, and a glazed veranda-like space at the front.
    However, the design of the two homes is very different. While Flat #12 has a more pared-back feel, Flat #6 features a greater variety of colours and textures.
    Lace curtains create a textural backdrop to the living spaceA key starting point was the lace curtain that spans all the windows in the open-plan family room. Designed by one of the clients, it creates a natural play of light and shadow.
    The curtain provides a striking backdrop to the characterful furnishings, which also include designs by Piero Lissoni and Paola Navone alongside some of Studio MK27’s own pieces.

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    “The perforated artisanal fabric acts like a soft mashrabiya, filtering the sunlight and creating shadow drawings throughout the apartment,” the design team explained, comparing the curtain to the latticework screens found in traditional Islamic architecture.
    “Natural light warms up every piece and every corner, letting the woods, the velvets and the stones speak louder.”
    A library wall provides display space for books and other objectsA library wall provides a space for displaying books and objects, with a free-standing staircase providing access to the higher shelves.
    Other details include a dedicated backgammon table, a study desk and a lounge chair positioned alongside a lamp and magazine rack to create space for quiet reading.
    A slatted wood wall separates the main living space from the rest of the homeDoors to the adjacent bedrooms, the TV room and the main bathroom are integrated into a wall of slatted wood, allowing them to be almost invisible when the family hosts guests.
    The same material palette features in bedrooms and bathrooms, where highlights include a custom bed surround in the primary bedroom and a bathroom with a dark stone basin.
    “Designed with extreme attention to detail, the combination of textures and sharp forms create wide and soulful spaces that embrace a joyful living,” added the design team.
    The main bedroom features a custom-designed bed surroundStudio MK27 is also shortlisted in the leisure and wellness interior category at this year’s Dezeen Awards with its spa at the Patina Maldives resort.
    Other recent projects from the practice include Caza Azul, a rainforest home raised up on pilotis.
    The photography is by Fran Parente.
    Project credits
    Architecture and interiors: Studio MK27Project team: Marcio Kogan, Diana Radomysler, Luciana Antunes, Mariana Ruzante, Carlos Costa, Laura Guedes, Mariana Simas, Renato Perigo

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    Laila Architecture centres Tel Aviv apartment with birch plywood “iceberg”

    A birch plywood storage volume that resembles an iceberg helps to divide the living spaces inside this Tel Aviv apartment revamped by Laila Architecture.

    Decked out in natural materials and pale hues, the Iceberg apartment is designed to be a serene haven in the city for its retired owners.
    The Iceberg apartment is arranged around a birch ply storage unitLocal practice Laila Architecture kick-started the home’s renovation by removing all the existing partition walls to form a brighter, more open floor plan.
    At its heart now sits an eight-metre-long birch plywood volume, which the practice likens to an iceberg due to its large, angular form.
    The unit includes a couple of display niches and a tiny drinks barThe volume effectively forms a partition to separate the open-plan living area from the private quarters, creating a narrow corridor that leads to the bedroom on one side.

    Here, the unit is fitted with slender storage cupboards while on the lounge-facing side it houses a niche for displaying art, a trio of bookshelves and a hatch door that can be flipped down to reveal a tiny drinks bar.
    A sideboard with an integrated sofa runs along one side of the living areaThe apartment’s sizeable open-plan living area integrates a kitchen finished with birch ply cabinetry and an eight-metre-long sideboard that runs along the length of the room.
    A sofa is built into one end of the sideboard, while the remainder can provide extra storage, seating or a low table where the owners’ grandchildren can enjoy their dinner.
    Birch plywood was also used to form the kitchen cabinetryThe apartment’s private quarters are slightly gloomier and contain two beige-coloured bathrooms alongside the principal bedroom which, in keeping with the rest of the scheme, was rendered in natural lime plaster.
    As this side of the apartment has less access to natural light, the practice installed brightening white terrazzo floors.
    The same tiles also feature on the public side of the apartment but in a warmer sandy hue.
    Natural lime plaster was washed over the bedroom wallsAs part of the renovation, Laila Architecture opened up the apartment’s two balconies to give the owners space to indulge in their love of gardening while creating a small buffer between the home and the hot Israeli sun.
    Iceberg has been shortlisted in the apartment interior category of this year’s Dezeen Awards.
    The bathrooms were painted a complementary shade of beigeOther projects in the running include a home in Gdańsk that “gently cocoons” its inhabitants in timber joinery and a live-work space in London belonging to the founders of environmental communication agency Earthrise Studio.
    The photography is by Mikaela Burstow.

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    GRT Architects combines oak and mosaic tiles for East Village Apartment renovation

    New York-based GRT Architects has rearranged the layout of an apartment in the East Village and added warm materials during its renovation.

    The studio undertook the project in Onyx Court, a six-storey corner Beaux-Arts structure on Second Avenue built in 1902 by Harde & Short.
    The East Village Apartment renovation involved relocating the kitchen to a brighter spaceGoals for the renovation included reorganising rooms to improve sightlines through the apartment and optimising the natural light available in each room.
    “Our renovation completely rethought the apartment’s layout while preserving its turn-of-the-century disposition,” said the GRT Architects team. “The space is neither more open nor closed than when we found it.”
    The kitchen, living and dining areas are all connected but intended to be read as separate roomsThe first move was to straighten a corridor from the entrance, to provide a view of an east-facing window from the front door.

    To enable this, a shallow-arched opening was created in a load-bearing brick wall – the only structural change made during the overhaul.
    A full storage wall in the living room includes a panel that hides the TV”The journey down this corridor celebrates the building’s irregularity with asymmetrical niches and rounded openings in thick plaster walls,” GRT Architects said.
    This journey ends at the semi-open kitchen, which was relocated from diagonally across the apartment, to an area with better light and improved integration into the rest of the home.
    A textured sliding door reveals a small office behindAn island clad in oxblood-coloured tiles sits at the centre, surrounded by white oak cabinetry with oversized handles and a satin white countertop.
    Chequerboard two-inch mosaic tiling across the kitchen floor ends below a storage unit suspended from brass bars, clearly defining this space from the adjacent dining room.
    The primary bedroom now sits where the kitchen once wasA minimal brass pendant hangs above the walnut dining table, while the living room is found through a cased opening and also demarcated by a strip of herringbone parquet flooring.
    Largely decorated in a cooler grey hue compared to the warmer tones elsewhere, the living room features accents like a yellow armchair that matches the upholstery of the dining chairs, and a storage wall backed with sienna-coloured panels.
    Custom built-in closets were added to the bedroom”We organised this space around a full wall of built-in shelves which includes a sliding panel that conceals a television,” said GRT Architects.
    “A series of complementary colours emphasise the relief of this composition while oak pulls tie it back to the kitchen.”
    The second bedroom acts as both an office and a sleeping area thanks to a retractable murphy bedTucked behind a sliding textured glass door, a small office continues the same sienna shade across all four walls.
    The primary bedroom is located in place of the old kitchen and includes custom built-in closets – one occupying the shaft of a defunct dumbwaiter.

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    An adjacent bathroom combines a variety of hard and soft materials, ranging from flecked terrazzo and green mosaic tiles to oak cabinet doors that visually tie back to the kitchen.
    In the second bedroom, a murphy bed enables the space to be used as another office when needed.
    Materials in the bathroom echo those in the kitchenA powder room was also slotted into the floor plan as part of the reorganisation.
    “We found space for this small room by greatly reducing circulation space without compromising privacy,” the team said.
    The apartment is now organised along a straight corridorGRT Architects, founded by Tal Schori and Rustam-Marc Mehta in 2014, has worked on a variety of projects in New York City – from a Brooklyn townhouse overhaul to a cosy bakery.
    More recently, the firm has expanded further afield, completing a cedar bungalow above marshland on the Connecticut shoreline and a black house with huge triangular windows in Dutchess County.
    The photography is by Nicole Franzen.
    Project credits:
    Design architect and architect of record: GRT Architects: Rustam Mehta, Tal Schori, Pablo Taberna, Chelsea StittMEP engineer: ANZStructural engineer: Old Structures

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    Timber joinery “gently cocoons” inhabitants in compact Gdańsk apartment by ACOS

    Polish studio ACOS has used timber joinery to conceal the functional elements of this apartment in Gdańsk, with the aim of creating a calm and tranquil interior.

    Located at the edge of one of the few remaining green spaces in the city’s heavily urbanised historical town centre, Hideaway Home is a family apartment that was designed to make the most of its 70-square-metre footprint.
    ACOS has designed the Hideaway Home apartment in GdańskACOS, which is a collaboration between architect Anna Stojcev and designer Stanisław Młyński, began the project by mapping out the existing space to create the most efficient layout.
    “The optimal arrangement was achieved by carefully analysing each square centimetre and redesigning the infrastructure,” the studio said.
    “As a result, we’ve managed to unclutter the original layout and benefit from a more generous volume. This resulted in a solution that seems very shy and modest at first but becomes more interactive once one starts to explore its layers.”

    Routed timber screens conceal the kitchen’s food storage and preparation areasThe apartment is split into “day” and “night” zones. An open-plan living, cooking and dining area occupies one half of the apartment while the bedrooms and bathrooms are located on the other.
    ACOS used blocks of timber, stone, concrete and a mineral surfacing called microscreed to define the different spaces, softened by neutral fabrics and brass accents.
    The entrance to the living room is framed by a timber portalThe joint kitchen and dining area revolves around a large custom-made wooden dining table and a utilitarian concrete trough sink. The space is framed by routed timber screens that completely conceal the food storage and preparation areas.
    Eager to combine new technologies and materials with time-honoured crafts, the studio custom-designed furniture pieces such as the dining chairs, which were made using digital 3D modelling and traditional carpentry techniques.

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    The adjoining living area has a more generous footprint, with its entrance framed by an oakwood portal and a timber window seat running along one of its walls.
    The space between the day and night zones, where the apartment’s entrance is located, is finished with veneered panels that support a textile ceiling.
    Textile panels cover the ceiling in the hallway”The simplicity of details and forms aims to bring back the value of honest design and craftsmanship,” ACOS said.
    “Whether it is a large surface of an oak coffee table or textile soffit or curtains – those elements are purely a means to frame the volume gently cocooning the user.”
    Full-height carpentry provides storage in the main bedroomThe bedrooms were conceived as simple and compact volumes, with walls finished in natural lime and marble plaster while the floors and skirting boards are pale timber.
    Custom full-height carpentry provides storage in the main bedroom and integrates seamlessly with a timber entrance portal.
    The apartment’s main bathroom is finished in white microscreed surfacing paired with custom-made terrazzo slabs.
    The bathroom is accented by custom-made terrazzo slabsHideaway Home is among six projects shortlisted in the apartment interior category of this year’s Dezeen Awards.
    Also in the running is a renovated Tribeca loft with a half-transparent, half-mirrored wall and a live-work space in London belonging to the founders of environmental communication agency Earthrise Studio.
    The photography is by Pion Studio.

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    Andrea Leung conceals “secret spaces” within renovated Tribeca Loft

    A dividing wall that’s part transparent, part mirrored separates the public and private spaces of this loft apartment in Manhattan, which architect Andrea Leung has renovated for herself.

    New York-based Leung discovered the 1,600-square-foot (150-square-metre) Tribeca Loft within a historic building, and gut-renovated its interiors to suit her needs and tastes.
    The Tribeca Loft is divided by a partition that runs the full length of the space”One look at the raw space, and I knew exactly the sort of refuge I wanted to create,” said Leung. “One that unfolds and reveals itself slowly, that wows you initially with its grandeur and then capitalises on your curiosity.”
    The architect used the hidden spaces of her grandmother’s Vancouver apartment as a precedent for the project, which she completed during the Covid-19 pandemic while living in the space throughout.
    The building’s original cast-iron columns contrast white walls and oak floors”Secret spaces fascinate me,” she said. “My grandmother’s penthouse pied-à-terre was full of them. Push on the correct mirror, and it opened into a hidden tatami room. Lean on the right bookcase, and a dimly lit hallway led you to her own personal oasis of calm.”

    Work to update the tall, sun-drenched corner unit involved removing a mezzanine level to relieve areas squashed below.
    Leung custom designed several pieces of brass and walnut furniture for her apartmentIn its place, the private rooms were grouped and neatly organised along one side, leaving the public space for entertaining completely open.
    An entrance hall, two bathrooms, a kitchen, a closet and a bedroom are now enclosed behind a partition that stretches the full width of the apartment, and can be accessed through swinging and folding panels.
    The bedroom is visible from the living area through transparent panels, while the primary bathroom is only revealed when mirrored doors are folded backWhile the bedroom remains visible through floor-to-ceiling, transparent glass panes, the other smaller rooms are concealed by mirrors and reduced in height to help with spatial proportions.
    “The wall of mirrored doors allows the main living space to transcend its physical limitations and appear to double in size, while the generous windows with their original wavy glass are also reflected, bathing the walls with soft refracted light,” Leung said.
    A freestanding oval tub is surrounded by pale grey stoneThe building’s original cast-iron Corinthian columns remain exposed and stand out against the minimalist colour scheme of white walls and wide-plank oak floors.
    In the living area, the furniture includes several brass and walnut pieces that Leung custom designed, including the dining table, credenza and console.

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    Brass accents are continued in Lee Broom’s Eclipse Chandelier and a custom coffee table designed by Leung while an associate at Steven Harris Architects for the now-shuttered Barneys Chelsea Flagship.
    The kitchen is lined with marble and patinated brass millwork, while the primary bathroom features a freestanding oval tub framed by surfaces of softly-veined grey stone.
    The kitchen features marbled walls and patinated brass millworkDecor in the bedroom is also restrained by a greyscale palette, whereas the second bathroom accessed from the entryway is enveloped in veined marble with bright metallic accents.
    Tribeca, a Lower Manhattan neighbourhood defined by and named after the triangle below Canal Street, has an abundance of loft spaces in formerly industrial and warehouse buildings.
    Bright metallic accents enliven the otherwise minimal second bathroomA large number of these have been converted into residences and later renovated, with examples including an apartment where walnut cabinetry and sliding doors replace walls, and a duplex connected by a hanging, blackened steel spiral staircase.
    Leung’s Tribeca Loft is shortlisted in the Apartment Interior category for the 2022 Dezeen Awards – see the full Interiors shortlist here.
    The photography is by Sarah Elliott.

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    Norman Kelley remodels Chicago apartment to showcase chair collection

    Design studio Norman Kelley and architect Spencer McNeil have completed Apartment for Chairs, a two-storey unit that features ample space for guests and a diverse collection of chairs.

    Located in a contemporary, high-rise building in Chicago’s Near North neighbourhood, the apartment was designed for a couple.
    Apartment for Chairs is located in a Chicago high-riseOne of the clients is a longtime local resident who collects art and furniture, and the other is a Detroit transplant who prefers cosy environments with organic materials and neutral colours.
    The goal was to create a home that suited both personalities and offered plenty of space for hosting guests and displaying the owners’ extensive chair collection.
    The dwelling was designed to house a diverse collection of chairsSpanning from the early 20th century to the present, the collection includes a Shaker tilter chair and pieces from the Bauhaus and De Stijl movements. Designers include Gerrit Rietveld, Piero Fornasetti, Gio Ponti, Marcel Breuer and Lina Bo Bardi, among others. The exact number of chairs is not being disclosed.

    “It is very much a living collection,” said local studio Norman Kelley, which designed the apartment in collaboration with Chicago architect Spencer McNeil.
    Norman Kelley created the project with Spencer McNeilThe project entailed combining two apartments – one atop the other – to form a spacious, two-storey unit.
    In total, the conjoined apartment encompasses 4,000 square feet (372 square metres).
    The apartment exists on two levelsThe lower level serves as the main apartment, while the bulk of the upper level is meant to act as its own private apartment – similar to an in-law suite, the team said.
    A range of modifications were made throughout the unit, including spatial changes and new finishes.
    Neutral wooden interiors are interrupted by small pops of colourThe most drastic change involved opening up a room on the upper level to form a mezzanine overlooking the lower-level living room. The double-height living room was pre-existing.
    The mezzanine, which holds an office, is connected to the room below by a new spiral staircase.
    A spiral staircase connects the two storeys”Our mandate from the owner was to create an object worthy of inclusion with the collected works of design in the home,” the team said of the staircase.
    Near the stair is a 20-foot-tall (six-metre) display area where books and chairs are on view. The steel display system has pegs, shelves, and backlit niches.
    Eames side chairs feature in the living roomOverall, the unit features a mix of vintage and contemporary decor, along with finishes such as white oak, walnut and limestone. In several areas, concrete structural elements were left exposed.
    The living room is fitted with a sectional by Molteni, Eames side chairs and a vintage Noguchi coffee table. An adjacent reading nook is adorned with chairs by Ponti and the Eameses. Overhead are globe-shaped lights by Jasper Morrison.
    Ample space was created to allow for entertainingJust off the living room, the kitchen and dining area were expanded, which was made possible by the elimination of a powder room.
    Finishes in the kitchen include lacquer cabinets, quartz countertops and a back-painted glass backsplash.
    The kitchen includes walnut stoolsWalnut stools were conceived by Norman Kelley and fabricated locally by Jason Lewis – one of several bespoke pieces.
    In the dining area, the team placed a walnut table by George Nakashima and caned-wood chairs by Emanuele Rambaldi. Above is a lighting fixture by BBPR and manufactured by Arteluce.
    A walnut table also defines the dining roomIn addition to the common areas, the first level has a main suite and two additional bedrooms. The team took an unusual approach by blurring the division between public and private spaces.
    For instance, the main bedroom’s door is a frameless, sliding wall that disappears when opened.

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    “In a home for two adults, we saw no reason for the bedroom to be considered a separate space,” the designers said.
    “There is no threshold between living room and the primary bedroom,” they added. “The whole apartment is a living space.”
    Plugs are built into a white oak bedThe sparsely adorned main bedroom features a white oak platform bed with built-in plugs – another element designed by Norman Kelley. Floor-to-ceiling windows are covered with gauzy curtains.
    The main bathroom has raked limestone walls, a walnut-and-Corian vanity and a Norman Kelley-designed ipe shower bench inspired by George Nelson’s mid-century platform bench.
    The main bathroom has raked limestone wallsUpstairs, the team made limited changes to the layout beyond the mezzanine. The upper level has two bedrooms, a kitchen and a living room.
    “We specified furnishings for the upper unit, but there were no significant architectural changes,” the team said.
    “The majority of the renovation was limited to the lower unit and its connection to the upper unit.”
    Other Chicago projects by Norman Kelley include an Aesop store that features reclaimed bricks arranged in pinwheel patterns and the update of a lobby inside a postmodern tower by John Burgee and Philip Johnson.
    The photography is by Kendall McCaugherty Ristau and Sarah Crowley.

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