Restyling the interior of an apartment in New York City. Recovery of original 1930s design elements and a new spatial approach - RenovationOnWeb
The renovation of this New York apartment, designed for a couple from the United Kingdom and Germany working in the arts and academia, aims to set a space of quiet amid the vibrancy of the metropolis
The apartment occupies the fifth floor of a building dating from 1929 on the Lower East Side and, oriented toward a private courtyard, its view opens to trees and a flower garden. The design of the space renovated by Nakworks maintains the sensibility of the original apartment, combining existing elements with timely interventions
The furniture itself also serves as room dividers, mediating between flexible spaces and allowing transitions between formal and informal living. A large, functional entry closet is framed by brass sliding doors-an unexpected panel of material that brings warmth and depth to the experience of the space
The renovation maintains and enhances existing details throughout the apartment: the original floors have been sanded and treated with a protective matte finish. Baseboards, fixtures, doors with their handles - all have been preserved as they appeared with multiple layers of paint and imperfections. Even the handmade shelves of the linen closets were preserved and reused as part of the design.
Finally, the brass and glass ceiling lamps, dating back to the building's construction period, were also cleaned and restored and matched in a measured counterpoint with the other lamps added in a more contemporary style