This Tribeca penthouse is a complete modern renovation by Turett Collaborative Architects of a two floor penthouse apartment in TriBeCa, New York. Located on 41 Warren Street, the penthouse makes best use of every angle and every view. The architecture firm’s signature design brings the outside in with over-sized windows and glass doors, multiple skylights, three large terraces, and a massive private roof deck with expansive views.
It’s easy to imagine the cozy night at home with a wood burning fireplace. The dining terrace with a built-in gas grill could kindle thoughts of summer entertaining. With Terra Mai Teak 6″ wood floor planks, Novelda Crème limestone walls, a teak tub deck and separate sauna and steam rooms, the master bathroom offers the prospects of personal indulgence after a stressful day at work. The elements flow together, delivering a contemporary design that connects with NYC aesthetic sensibilities.
Creating Your Signature Tribeca Penthouse
Turett Collaborative Architects is known for a signature design that blends contemporary aesthetics, natural and industrial materials and creative use of every square foot of urban space. We collaborate closely with our clients to create the home that fits their lifestyles. Knowing what you want may be difﬁcult to define. You may only have a loose understanding of what it is that you want. The design process also may inspire some anxiety. The most important thing is to not worry and take a deep breath. Every project starts with a fair number of unknowns. We are here to listen to your needs, distill and translate our award-winning design into a home that works for you and your family.
Photos: Courtesy of Turett Collaborative Architects
This stunning 1950s ranch house remodel project has been designed by Jessica Helgerson Interior Design, situated in the southwest Portland hills, Oregon. The house sits on a steep lot, with the front door on the upper level and the lower level opening out to a beautiful south-facing garden. In the first phase of the remodel, the designer conducted space planning for the entire project, but only completed a remodel of the upper floor. The lower floor, which will include a new master suite, will be remodeled in a few years. The upper floor remodel included the kitchen, dining room, living room and hall.
After worrying about how to address a back hall that felt like a dark narrow tunnel, we decided to just accept it and painted it a dark charcoal grey. We embellished the walls with abstract modern flowers in various shades of grey and black, and added a big mirror as well as a mirrored cabinet at the end of the hall, to add sparkle and light.
The original kitchen and dining room had dark wood panelling, and only a few small windows despite the beautiful south facing views. We added windows and french doors along the whole south wall, and removed a wall separating the kitchen and dining room. We designed a new bright and functional kitchen with lots of storage in white lacquer and bamboo cabinets.
The new kitchen has a generous island as well as an inviting breakfast nook, with a custom table of our design, built by our friend Kari at merkled. The living room painting is by one of our favorite Portland artists, Kelly Neidig. We freshened the dining set, which was a family heirloom that the clients wanted to keep, by lacquering the chairs in a fresh pale blue-green and reupholstering the seats in a bright red.
Photos: Lincoln Barbour
House N is a contemporary property completed in 2001 by Dana Gordon + Roy Gordon Architecture Studio, situated in Hadar Yosef, Tel Aviv, Israel. After years of living in Jerusalem, the client moved to Tel Aviv, seeking to renovate the new home, illuminating it with natural light, color and space. The two-story home is comprised of 1,614 square feet (150 square meters) of living space. The main emphasis in planning was the creation of continuous space between floors and the structure of the collection, in order to create a sense of space and take advantage of the natural light. On the first floor is where the public spaces are most concentrated – living room, dining area, kitchen, living room and bathroom. The second level functions as a private space for the tenant-sleeping and bathing.
One of the most important tasks in renovating the House was choosing the finishing materials and combinations of materials with each other, selected materials for the home are mainly natural. The furniture, accessories and selected images are also out of a desire to create an atmosphere that is similar to the atmosphere in the Jerusalem apartment, with a strong emphasis on color and textures.
On the ground floor of selected flooring is a natural stone and oak parquet floor sleeping porch tree Tabebuia was between the two levels, the staircase was designed from oak footholds on steel profiles. The rail steel shafts designed for concrete anchors.
The kitchen is designed to be functional ingredients that are selected for the kitchen are made of wood; The cabinets are made of three fold oak, bamboo work surface, coating the island. The kitchen is open to the living room and a dining area.
This level is also the workshop functions as a guest room when needed, its front door is made of iron and glass of milk there is eye contact between this room and the rest of the House through a window that opens to a library that is unique, designed for the dining area, which is across the living room wall. This directory, in the Act of a Carpenter, was designed to accommodate the collections and books of the tenant. White sliding doors that fit with Oak veneer and variable composition generator library.
The seating in the spacious and bright living room with the windows in this area.
Guest bathroom in natural stone, covered with stucco decor heart in dark blue. Iron sink cabinet is designed with natural bamboo sink.
The private bathroom area selected materials such as concrete, tiles floors, painted wall plaster, decorative blocks are shaded in gray and sink unit specifically painted iron and bamboo.
Bedroom wall cabinet-level space designed in a way that integrates in the room and caught a white wall. Roof Windows were added to bring light to this level and staircase.
Using special natural raw materials has become home to a living space, open, colorful, functional and stylish that suits the character and way of life of the tenant.
Photos: Galit Deutch
This penthouse condo project was completed by Design Milieu, who joined two adjacent units to create a beautiful two bedroom, three bathroom home, situated in Rosslyn, Virginia. Design Milieu is a Washington DC-based firm who believes that “place–milieu–deeply influences the psyche. The spatial qualities of a place as defined by the architectural elements (floor, wall, ceiling, roof, door, window, and stair) combined with the material expression of those elements and of all the interior elements contained within affect our emotions and activities.”
Designing these architectural and interior elements is a great responsibility because we all have relationships with them. We touch them every day and are immersed in the aesthetic: sensual characteristics, functionality and craftsmanship. I believe that my role as a designer is to develop the relationship between people and milieu, to develop the beauty of the places in which we live our lives.
Photos: Stacy Zarin Goldberg
Designer Ebba Thott of Sigmar transforms a Notting Hill Flat for a client who wanted to achieve the feel of 1930′s Vienna, in the fashionable neighborhood of Notting Hill, London, England. This was achieved through a muted grey scale, with dramatic dark woodwork to contrast and plenty of vintage touches. The designer used a blend of Scandinavian modernism and English eclecticism in the interiors—an apt reflection of the far-flung travels of both designer and client (who is an American in London).
In the photograph above, the bookshelf was designed by Sigmar, along with the ladder. It needed to house the owner’s large collection of books, as well as accommodate the existing radiators. The backdrop for the interior is various grey shades, while the green and red provide bright accents. The walls and bookshelf are painted in London Cloud from the Damo collection, available at Sigmar. The woodwork is Cocoa, also from Damo.
The designer brings an Old World feel to the entrance hall (reminiscent of those in prewar New York apartment buildings) with the main feature being a vintage Thonet bench upholstered in a checkered black-and-white fabric.
The floor has stone slabs in the middle, which is hard and durable, great for an entrance. The stone is edged with the same oak planks that flow through the rest of the house. The walls are painted in Sure Grey from the Damo collection, available at Sigmar.
A view from the entrance towards the living room. Reclaimed oak floors throughout the flat introduce a relaxed warmth.
A painting from the owner’s contemporary art collection hangs in the hallway.
A detail from the living room in which the accent colors of the room are picked up on. “The green on the lampshade and cushion is a lovely pea green,” Thott says. “I was inspired by the green in some of the paintings in the client’s beautiful and quirky art collection and used it to tie the room together.
The dining room generously opens up to the living room allowing a flow between the rooms. The colours in the two rooms correlate to create a link through the flat. The walls are painted in Sure Grey from the Damo collection, available at Sigmar.
In the bedrooms you can afford to break off from the dark woodwork in the rest of the flat and go for a more traditional white. The walls are painted in London Cloud from the Damo collection, available at Sigmar.
A detail of the bedside table from the guest bedroom. The switches are built into the bed and are completely flush.
A steel four-poster bed adds a modern note to the wallpapered bedroom in Marthe Armitage’s oak leaf in a custom blue. The ladder is custom, as designed by Sigmar.
A detail from the master bedroom. A small shelf hold a selection of books next to an armchair. The master bedroom is wallpapered in Marthe Armitage’s oak leaf in a custom blue.
Toilets are a place for being expressive. In this small space the beautiful blue tiles break off an otherwise all white bathroom. The Blueware tiles are patterned with photographic-negative images of pressed weeds from London streets.
Photos: Petr Krejci
Esplanade Residence is the renovation of an existing house from 1910 by Emilie Bédard Architecte together with designer Maria Rosa Di loia, located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The client had just purchased this un-renovated 1910’s triplex and wished to make the top floor his own. Inspired by his Scandinavian origins and the apartment’s characteristic Montreal construction, the architect and designer shaped the renovation using raw materials such as wood and steel, peeling away at the building’s envelope. The original roof structure was preserved and exposed in the bedroom as well as the brick party walls in the living room and entrance stairs.
The wide plank fir floors, white walls and teak kitchen bring light and Scandinavian warmth to contrast with the raw steel used on the stairs and dining room table. Most of the furniture and built-ins were custom designed for the space, tying it all together.
At the center of the renovation, the roof extension acts as a light well into the space. The metal stairs and landing are kept light and transparent borrowing from the traditional exit stairs found in the alley. It houses a sauna with a window framing the church’s dome and connects to a roof terrace with views to the neighborhood and mountain. The roof terrace was designed as a comfortable space both to lounge in after a sauna and cold exterior shower and to entertain with built-in flower boxes, bench and outdoor kitchen.
Photos: Adrien Williams
Palo Alto Residence is a warm and inviting, transitional style home that has been designed by Coddington Design, situated in Silicon Valley, California. The home features a Mediterranean facade, which, upon entry presents a sophisticated mix of family heirlooms, custom furniture and refined fabrics. Highlights include a functional cook’s kitchen, stunning contemporary art collection and a onyx and laser cut tile master bathroom.
Redesigned fireplace, custom area rug, hand printed roman shade fabric and Coddington designed coffee table.
This contemporary living room features a Troscan Hyde wing chair, Matthews and Parker coffee table in an antique silver finish, fire screen and contemporary art by John DiPaolo.
This kitchen remodel features hand-cast cabinet hardware, custom backsplash tile and beautiful island pendants.
The breakfast area showcases a Coddington-designed chandelier and breakfast table with contemporary art by Robert Kingston.
The redesigned master bathroom features custom laser-cut floor tile and beautiful honey onyx accents on the walls and in the floor tile. Contemporary art is by Sherie Frannsen.
Features custom shower curtain and medicine cabinet, Ann Sacks tile.
Features custom shower curtain and vanity.
Tahoe Modern is a rustic modern dream home for a couple and their two children, designed by Artistic Designs for Living in the Homewood Mountain Ski Resort, near Lake Tahoe, California. The property is comprised of 4,000 square feet, with five bedrooms and 4½ bathrooms. “They wanted a house in Tahoe, but they didn’t want your typical Tahoe house,” states the designer, referencing the mountain lodge look adopted by many homes in the area. “They wanted something more modern.” She made it work by referencing a look that’s more industrial and European than log cabin or mountain lodge. The entry sets the tone, equipped with chairs for removing skis and a mudroom for storing them.
The dining room is outfitted with an extra-long banquette, perfect for fitting a lot of friends around the table. The light fixture was made from an old ski lift seat that was discovered on the property.
The living room is meant for gathering. “There’s no formal living room, because that’s not how people gather up there,” states the designer. The ceiling height was set at 8 feet, but Triggs didn’t shy away from covering it with rustic wood and beams. “It gives the space texture and a clubby feel,” she says.
The fireplace, clad in steel and adorned with large rivets, has an industrial feel. Small stools and oversize ottomans that act as coffee tables or extra seating make sure there’s always a perch near the fire.
The game room, located behind the entry chairs, was originally supposed to be another bedroom. For this family of four with two kids, the designer opened it to the hallway and living room and made it a game room. Thick pass-throughs make the space feel substantial and act as display shelves.
The designer wanted the home to have a Ralph Lauren style to it. The geometric rug is a subtle reference to game boards — Monopoly is a favorite with this family.
The designer likes to mix masculine and feminine elements in her designs. In the powder room, the stone vanity is beefy and dark. White light fixtures and a white-framed mirror pick up the tones in the veined marble for a yin-yang effect.
At the entrance to the kitchen, the ceiling soars, making room for large windows that embrace a view of tall trees.
The industrial rivets are back in this room, this time on the range hood.
They industrial rivets also appear, in a smaller scale, on the edge of the eat-in island.
Upstairs the master bedroom is done in neutral colors and rich textures — from a grass cloth wall covering behind the bed to a bench that’s upholstered with a cuddly textile reminiscent of the inside of a sheepskin boot.
The bedroom opens to the master bath. “We had thought about dividing these rooms with a barn door,” says Triggs. “But it just didn’t work.”
Had the rooms been divided, the owners would have missed this view from the bathroom windows. A window seat makes the space seem extra luxe, and the designer notes that when the kids bathe here, the parents have a place to sit. The rivet motif is present on the tub exterior and, in shape only, in the Roman shades.
On the upper level, it’s all about family with a large sectional. The animal head sculptures “are a whimsical nod to old Tahoe style,” states the designer.
A table makes room for games, crafts or projects. In another old-Tahoe reference, the cabinets are outfitted with fish-shaped hardware.
Baskets on nearby shelves organize everything from Legos to paints.
For this family, like many, sleepovers are a regular event. Bunk beds make sure that there is always room for friends.
Vintage ski posters add old-school flavor.
The vanity, open to the family room, is a skillful mix of old and new with rustic wood, a corrugated backsplash and industrial sconces. “My goal was for this house to feel cozy, warm and modern,” states the designer.
Photos: Courtesy of Artistic Designs for Living
Micro Apartment is a 340 square foot studio apartment that has been designed by Allen+Killcoyne Architects, located in Manhattan, New York. The client is a Dallas-based retiree who wanted something close to his daughter and grandchildren, this studio is located in their building. He wanted a home that looked “clean, simple, elegant and timeless,” states the architect. Instead of creating one open room to make the space feel bigger, the architect established separate interconnected zones for living, eating, working and sleeping. The space also has large storage requirements with cabinetry that wraps throughout the space. All of this is accomplished in a tiny space without the need for multi-functional pieces. “The place feels bigger,” the architect says, “because you get three major rooms out of it. You don’t feel like you’re trapped in one box.”
“I really wanted to create rooms that flowed together, but at the same time, you had separate areas that defined different living spaces,” says the architect. It’s not the space that proves limiting, Killcoyne concludes. It’s the stuff you’re trying to cram into it. “If you can control the amount of things you own,” he says, “you can live in small spaces very nicely.” This is speaking from experience, as the architect has raised two children in a 650 square foot apartment.
To maximize storage in the kitchen, Killcoyne set the counters at 41 inches (instead of the normal 36), allowing him to tuck an additional row of drawers under the top. A row of open shelves makes access to everyday items easy and keeps the cabinet faces from looking too closed off.
A discreet shadow line divides the cabinets from the ceiling, in lieu of space-hogging moldings.
The bed is tucked behind a custom louvered partition, which shields the sleeping area from view unless you’re seated at the desk. The storage wall includes ample space for hiding clutter and holding electronics, while still offering room for displaying art and collectibles — the personal touches that keep the apartment’s precision from feeling too antiseptic.
The sleeping area accommodates a queen-size bed, several storage closets and 10 linear feet of hanging space.When the owner said he wanted to include a large flat-panel TV here, too, Killcoyne realized the only place to put it was in the ceiling. If you look up, you’ll notice the outline of a trap door that flips down to reveal the screen.
The louvered wall makes the bedroom feel less claustrophobic, Killcoyne explains, while screening it from most angles of the apartment. The painting above the bed is by Thomas Hubben.
To ensure that spaces flowed smoothly, Killcoyne limited the palette to rift-cut oak floors, quartersawn maple cabinets and Benjamin Moore’s aptly named White paint. He lowered the ceiling around the perimeter to accommodate recessed LED fixtures, but left the center full height to help define the living area and maximize the vertical space.
While the kitchen is open to the rest of the space, it’s tucked away in the corner, “so you don’t feel like you’re cooking in your living space,” Killcoyne says. The homeowner doesn’t do a lot of cooking when he’s in residence, so appliances were limited to a microwave oven with a dishwasher drawer below, and a two-burner induction cooktop with a vent concealed in the bottom of the cabinet above.
This space also doubles as the entry hall; the front door is to the left of the oven.
The refrigerator and ice maker are hidden behind the wood doors underneath the counter, which is fashioned from a 1¼-inch slab of commercial white glass called Glassos. “Glass is fabulous, because it doesn’t stain,” says Killcoyne, who also used the material to cover the walls in the bathroom.
Thinner (¾-inch) sheets of Glassos cover the walls of the bathroom, reflecting light and making the space feel bigger. There’s an integrated Corian sink and a fully enclosed shower. (While it’s not a steam shower, it comes close when the transom windows are closed.) The floors are flame-finished granite.
The far-left mirror panel swings open to reveal a medicine cabinet. Even the toilet paper is tucked out of the way to preserve the room’s clean lines.
Photos: Courtesy of Allen+Killcoyne Architects
This tiny Hollywood home is the residence of Mad Men star Vincent Kartheiser who purchased his slice of Tinseltown in 2003, but it wasn’t till 2010 that he contracted designer Funn Roberts to renovate the space. The 580 square foot space was carved into several small rooms, something that the actor had endured for a long time before commencing a partnership with the designer and builder. The design process literally started at the front door, an old wooden door that the designer said must go. They replaced it with a steel and glass one, which ended up setting the aesthetic tone for the rest of the renovation. The two planned smart, space-saving ideas and clever ways to devise them, in what the actor calls a “Japanese-industrial” style. The space was completely opened up into one large room. One intriguing design move was to design a shower for the middle of the living room, which was inspired by the 2008 film Synecdoche, New York.
The bathroom and closets were arranged along one wall and then hidden behind custom Japanese-inspired fiberglass-and-steel sliding screens that glow when illuminated from behind. Custom light boxes along the top of the wall burn gently as well. The home’s most clever design contraption was the bed that descends from the ceiling for sleeping and then rises again to give the actor extra living space when he is moving around. The pulley system that controls the hanging bed needed some serious hardware, including a 300-pound steel counterweight that’s hidden in a corner of the closet. For the headboard, the designer fastened a huge slab of redwood to the wall but put it on hinges so that, when the bed is raised, the piece of wood can flip down to double as a desk.
The designer worked with Kartheiser’s existing appliances in the kitchen, trading the old cabinetry for new teak.
When not in use as the headboard, the large redwood slab folds down to become a desk.
The bed was designed to hang from the ceiling and can be hoisted up and pulled down as needed.
The bed is counterbalanced by a 300-pound weight.
For extra privacy, a thick red theater curtain on a ceiling track; the curtain emerges out of an adjacent closet to completely cordon off his bedroom space.
Custom shoji-inspired screens of Roberts’s design conceal the closet and extend to provide privacy for the adjacent shower and soaking tub. The sink in the bathroom is made from a boulder taken from the property of one of Roberts’s pals.
Roberts found the Montauk black slate, which he continued in a second bath.
Kartheiser’s private courtyard includes a covered seating area and fire pit, designed by Roberts. Pulling the top off a seeming coffee table reveals that it’s actually a fireplace
Kartheiser’s courtyard also includes a dry sauna with a ceiling made from 2,500 pieces of wood.
The area includes a Wally planter from Woolly Pocket near the custom steel-and-glass doors.