Freedom to Play

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Featured Company: Kimille Taylor Interior Design & Decoration - Location: New York, New York - Project Type: Residence - Project Name: Lincoln Square Residence

Photos by Maria Quiroga, mariaquiroga-images.com

By Risa Seidman

With only three months to transform a traditional pre-war apartment in New York's Lincoln Square into an upbeat contemporary residence, Kimille Taylor had to tap into the youthful exuberance of her clients—a fun-loving family with three children. Pattern, color, and quirky details were all fair game, and Taylor was afforded the flexibility to try out concepts she thought they would enjoy. “They allowed me to have complete creative freedom,” Taylor says.

“They often said yes to a concept and didn’t know what they were getting until it landed.”

The residence’s entry-hall floor came as one pleasant surprise to Taylor’s clients. Taylor enlisted contemporary artist Markus Linnenbrink, who works in multicolored resin, to craft a poured-resin floor that pops with an abstract painted effect. “It sets the tone for the unexpected and delightful twists in the apartment,” Taylor says.

Certainly, the closer you look, the more whimsical details the residence reveals. A peek into one of the bathrooms displays a toy-like orange faucet and white backsplash tiles that read, “Please wash.” A glance upwards in a child’s bedroom shows a colorful array of curves, almost as though a free-spirited child scrawled on the ceiling with crayons.

But the level of design and thought put into this project was more than just child’s play. Taylor mixed vintage furniture pieces into each room to give the starkly modern apartment “a bit of soul,” and when they couldn’t remove an existing water pipe in the dining-room ceiling, it became an element used to light the space instead of bringing in a chandelier. Taylor also designed custom millwork for each room so the cabinets and shelving would be both fashionable and functional. “It catered to my clients’ needs exactly,” she says. And that—the ability to take a client’s vision and make it reality—is what makes this project true design success.

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