The architectural and design team at Andrew Franz Architect transformed this classic duplex apartment situated on New York’s east side into a modern, functional and cosy family home without stripping the apartment of its origins. They carefully planned in all areas that the duplex would have to stand up to the wear and tear of a young family. They took advantage of the light of this top floor apartment where each and every room is subject to an amazing view and designed around this factor an nothing is more important than natural light. From the private entry vestibule with simple but striking white lacquered panels combined with rosewood frames one moves through this home which intensifies in colour and design reaching the private family areas where we find extensive custom casework and furnishings in natural bronze, rosewood, and white lacquer adding character and exclusive design to these areas. Some of the original pieces we can find such as the molly sliding cabinet, a modular wall unit which offers discrete storage behind wood or metal-clad sliding panels alongside open shelves as well as the Hugo Box Table, a hand-crafted table with a built-in planter and interchangeable inset that double as a serving tray or cutting board are pieces designed by Andrew Franz himself in his Otto collection. The overall finish fills us with a sense of comfort and livability to be enjoyed, which I am sure that the owners without doubt will.
Photography by Albert Vecerka/Esto
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