Honestly, before we completely demolished every single interior wall and finish of this apartment, it was quite a lovely place. The problem however, is that today we just live differently. There are children with ipads, parents with busy work and social schedules, a myriad of supportive persons such as trainers, cleaners, sitters, dog walkers, delivery men…that spaces just require a different consideration around the spatial navigational needs of a home. The big “but”, however, is that sometimes we just want the space to also remind us of all the lovely, classic places we’ve been in before. This was the task in our design of this beautiful apartment.
Actually this particular apartment was featured in the New Yorker Magazine, in a poem written by the then (still?) notable American poet James Merrill. In particular he referenced the stained glass windows that used to be on the exterior window of the library of the pre-demolition apartment. As part of our work, we removed all of the exterior windows and replaced them with double paned insulated glass windows with the historically appropriate frames. The original window was then taken indoors, refinished, and set as a dramatic-historic centerpiece at the library on one side and the entry vestibule at the other.