IN THE KITCHEN, A SOPHISTICATED LOOK IS PROVIDED WITH THE HONED MARBLE COUNTERTOP AND BACKSPLASH BY ANN SACKS. HASAMI PORCELAIN VESSELS LINE THE SHELVING.
A FAMILY RAISED IN BROOKLYN HAS MANAGED TO CREATE A SMALL BUT IMPRESSIVE HOME FOR THEMSELVES, TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE FOOTAGE.
Photographs: Matthew Williams
It’s almost impossible to find an affordably priced home in ever popular New York. David Friedlander and Jacqueline Schmidt couple has managed to do this, but have started to ponder in worry when they learned they would become parents soon; because one can easily say that 3 is a crowd for a 45-square-meter home. Following frustrating weeks spent with real estate dealers, they moved to the suburbs with their centrally located apartment in Brooklyn; however, it didn’t take them long to decide to go back to the vitality of the city, getting bored with the quiet and isolated life of the suburbs. After a new research period, they chose and apartment on the fourth floor of a building in Brooklyn’s Windsor Terrace area. The apartment with two bedrooms and 65 square foot area was in terrible shape, yet earned a new identity following the remodeling project developed by Jacqueline Schmidt who is herself a designer, with architect David Bucovy.
The remodeling project, which only left the entrance door and joinery intact, was completed in a short time period as four months, as the couple was expecting. All interior walls were broken and a new space was created made up of a child’s room and a sliding doored parents’ bedroom. The most important point in the design was saving space. They were extremely selective when choosing the kitchen layout or furniture so that they would have enough living space in a 65 square meter flat. The couple that say “We didn’t adapt the home to us but we got adapted to it”, created a spacious perception; keeping the space extremely plain using pastel colors and minimal layouts. This has allowed them to stress the furniture and materials that are the products of a refined taste. In the couple’s words, the result was “luxury is less”.
IN THE LIVING ROOM, TAKESHI NII’S NY CHAIR IS PAIRED WITH A REESE SOFA AND A GROVE LIGHTING.
IN THE BATHROOM, ANOTHER MARBLE APPLICATION BY ANN SACKS IS DONE.
Yağmur Yıldırım Mimar / Architect