|The chandeliers lend drama to the living space.|
I was a designer in my last life (long before blogging), and so I developed a deep appreciation for well-thought-out interiors like this Flatiron District apartment. The three bedroom, three and a half bath condo boasts a definite wow factor. Drama (think chandeliers) fuses with tranquil colors like the warm grey suede on the fireplace wall. And as for the view, that leaves me speechless, even though I’m only looking at photos.
Ernesto Khoudari and Alexandra Fritz called on FREECELL Architecture to edit their 2,500 square foot flat. Located in both an urbane and natural setting, this city apartment overlooking Madison Square Park was spatially reconfigured to maximize views, and updated with custom built-ins and luxury finishes.
The newly designed space affords a clear perspective of some of the city’s nearby historical treasures: the Flatiron Building (1902), the Met Life Insurance Company Tower (1911), and the New York Life Insurance Building (1926), as well as unblocked views of Madison Square Park.
In collaboration with downtown design pro Ryan Korban, the FREECELL team reworked the kitchen and baths, created a custom desk, TV cabinet, storage in the master bedroom and living room, and updated the lighting. The former all-beige color scheme was nixed without regret.
|The Flatiron Building can be seen from the living room.|
New finish selections include elegant Calacatta marble (the beauty lies in the veins), mirror-polished stainless steel, white cabinets, glass, and an ebonized herringbone floor. Any cook’s dream, the spacious kitchen is the heart of the home in this apartment. The family uses the large island to gather for meals and conversation, while taking in the captivating view of the six-acre park.
|Calacatta marble creates pattern in the black, white, and stainless kitchen.|
Since the clients prefer a large walk-in shower to a tub, the bathtub was removed from the master bath. Two spacious vanities replaced a small two-sink vanity, and a sophisticated stone and mirror palette completed the design. Notice the slab marble in the shower, the mosaic tile on the shower floor, and the large-scale tile installed in a running bond pattern on the bath floor. The lighting adds the finishing touch to this luxurious room!
|Who needs a tub with a shower like this?|
|Mirrors visually enlarge the already generous bath.|
Well-balanced with great proportion, this renovated Manhattan home is an open, inviting space ideal for entertaining guests or chilling out alone. Mr. Khoudari and Ms. Fritz can take in the city view just outside their windows, or draw the curtains, relax, and call it a day.
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