Friday, June 27th, 2014
Images courtesy of Brett Beyer
With a house in New Jersey and work that brought them into downtown Manhattan often, architect Terry Kleinberg’s clients were looking for a place to stay on their frequent visits to New York City. The new empty nesters needed space and storage, but wanted a more sophisticated, airy, and urban look than their other homes.
“It’s contemporary, fresh, and un- cluttered, but it’s not bland,” Kleinberg says of the apartment’s new look. “The furniture and accessories provide a counterpoint to the more minimalist architecture and were selected for their color, shape, and texture.”
Kleinberg eliminated some walls, opened up the kitchen, and used light colors and unadorned details to make the apartment feel more spacious. For the couple’s things, she made use of “dead corners” in the kitchen, incorporated carefully planned closets, and selected furniture that doubled as storage space wherever possible.
Contemporary details like a translucent polymer dining table that appears to float, reflective surfaces, and a distinctive tile backsplash in the kitchen keep the apartment feeling fresh and open. Though the unit is in a distinctive 1952 building that overlooks the East River, Kleinberg says the interior details were dated and not worth preserving: “We changed all doors, door frames, base moldings, flooring, lighting, etc., in order to create a totally new aesthetic.”