Upper East Side Pied-à-terre

When Tricia Brock, a director for HBO shows such as Girls, Breaking Bad, and Silicon Valley, bought her Upper East Side one-bedroom apartment in a prewar co-op building, it was dark and had a schizophrenic feel. The front of the apartment had a bank of windows, which allows a pleasant wash of norther light into the apartment, but the back was a warren of cubbied-off spaces facing a skywell, resulting in a suffocating set of rooms. Let’s face it, it’s a rough landing in New York if you’re coming from sunny Los Angeles. We promised to bring in the light!

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Upper East Side Pied-à-terre Image
Upper East Side Pied-à-terre Image
Upper East Side Pied-à-terre Image

Our favorite part about working on interiors in New York is that you have to wrangle with the unknown. It’s a bit of a contest to figure out how to deal with the surprises that come up when working within historic structures, while not incurring massive expenses and delays to a project…all while retaining design intent and some measure of sanity in the project.

Upper East Side Pied-à-terre Image
Upper East Side Pied-à-terre Image
Upper East Side Pied-à-terre Image

This project posed many hurdles, ranging from having Eliot Glass (the notorious “Killer of Renovation Projects” as identified by the New York Times) as our reviewing architect, to dealing with the oddities of antiquated regrigeration-cum-drainage systems and a web of unknow plumbing, electrical and other chases criss crossing all over the place. The key work in all this mayhem is: perseverance. We will get the project done. It will be beautiful. Trust us!

Upper East Side Pied-à-terre Image