Although the clients had wanted a contemporary loft-style apartment, they fell in love with the location and views of this high-in-the-sky apartment overlooking the East River and Manhattan skyline. Instructions were to work with the traditional elements and the floor plan while incorporating new detailing to effect a modern fusion and unify the space. Ceiling cove molding and baseboards were scaled up in size yet toned down in appearance by rendering all walls and woodwork in an off-white and staining the wood floors black.
Only specialty areas saw greater intervention. Traditional kitchen appointments were replaced with sleek wenge and aluminum Italian cabinetry, quiet Euro detailing, and built-in energy-efficient appliances. The bathrooms were fitted with wenge panels and cabinets, along with new modern sinks. New square-trimmed, low-voltage lighting serves to complement furnishings and artwork for an overall calm effect. It balances the excitement of the views.