In what is sure to be one of the highlights in the design realm this fall, Dwell and New York magazines are bringing you the best of the best in residential design from the heart of New York City: City Modern.
City Modern, a week-long festival honing in on and celebrating New York City’s modern design and architecture – in particular the city’s most beautiful interiors – is responsible for bringing together both well established and emerging designers, students, enthusiasts, and more. The second annual City Modern, taking place from September 27-October 4, 2013, is back in action with a packed week filled with panel discussions, parties and receptions, home tours throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn, and more.
Now, our readers know that we love photography and product design, but our love for interior design and architecture is undeniable. For those of you who are on the fence about attending City Modern (which we highly suggest going!), we’re going to provide you with a little sneak peak of the houses that will be featured on the home tours. Enjoy…and try not to get too jealous of these beauts!
Manhattan Home Tour [Saturday, September 28]
Photographs: Resolution: 4 Architecture
14th Street Loft | Resolution: 4 Architecture
Architect Joe Tanney created just what the client asked for: a space with a great use of natural light, endless opportunities for storage, and an open layout perfect with multiple communal areas. Maximizing space, a crucial aspect of all of Tanney’s designs, was easily achieved through the use of custom-built storage around room perimeters. At 2,000 square feet, the loft is the perfect size and design for a young growing family.
Photographs: Architecture in Formation
Fractal Pad | Architecture in Formation
Fractal Pad, designed by Matthew Bremer, was inspired by the allegory of Plato’s Cave. Named for its design which is grounded in the logic of fractal geometry, the Fractal Pad allows the client to temporarily rid themselves of the stresses of the world. This beautiful residential home aims to bring appreciation to the use of light, shadow, image, and more. A key aspect of this design: only southern window exposure. Using existing architecture features, Bremer has designed both a residential living space and art gallery.
Photographs: Boone Speed; Arnaud Studio (Factory)
Lafayette Townhouse | Asfour Guzy Architects
Don’t judge this townhouse by it’s façade: this townhouse is 10,000 square feet. The Soho Townhouse on Lafayette, a former Con Ed substation built in 1922, contains six floors of fantastic residential design. The goal of maintaining the character of the old ConEd facility was easily achieved through retaining powerful statement brick walls, beams, and vaults, which also assisted in creating a unified work and home environment. The second floor houses the living room, dining area, kitchen and library – all with 19-foot ceilings. The upper floors contain the bedrooms, in addition to a private 925 square foot rooftop terrace.
Photographs: Albert Vecerka / Esto; Laura Crosta (Jen & Roy Leone)
Meatpacking Loft | Leone Design Studio
The owners of this 2,880-square foot loft work in the fashion industry, but also maintain a family with two young sons – therefore, a space to accommodate what we’re sure is a hectic lifestyle with their own personal preferences, personality, and taste was 100% necessary. The renovation, completed by architects Jen and Roy Leone and interior designer Jon Call, gives the loft bright open spaces and a sophisticated palette. Leone Design Studio’s goal: create a casual living space with a luxurious feel to embrace the industrial quality of the 1890s printing factory build by John Jacob Astor. We say they’re pretty successful.
Photographs: Eric Laignel
Skyhouse | David Hotson + Ghislaine Viñas
How do we even begin to describe this house? This contemporary four-story penthouse “home in the sky” can be found in one of the oldest surviving skyscrapers in New York City. This 6,600-square-foot space presented a great opportunity to design outside of the box: cute a faceted stairwell with glass bridges, illumination from skylights, a stainless steel slide, and a 50 foot climbing area throughout the four story space. With over-the-top floral patterns, eclectic lighting fixtures and pop-culture references, the playful interior comes to life.
Brooklyn Home Tour [Sunday, September 29]
Photographs: Frank Oudemon
Dean Street Townhouse | Bergen Street Studio
What do you get when you have a 4,600 square foot renovation in a historically landmarked district? A two-family townhouse residence. Architect Clay Miller restored and reconstructed the Landmarked front facade and used structural framing to open the parlor and create a double heigh entry space, which allowed greenery to spill over from an interior planter above – daylight and plantlife are the driving themes throughout the interior. Through emphasizing light and openness, the home has a lighter feel and a more warm quality – all with unobstructed views of lower Manhattan and Brooklyn.
Flavor Paper Pad | Skylab Architecture
What do you do when you have a 15,800 square foot parking garage? Well, in the case of Jon Sherman, you hire architect Jeff Kovel with Skylab Architecture, and make the space an adaptive-reuse project that combines business and personal – a residential home and his wallpaper company. The space, found on Pacific Street in Brooklyn, NY, is home to Flavor Paper’s design and screen-printing processes with his eccentric household taste. The penthouse portion, inspired by Flavor Paper’s New Orleans roots (Sherman relocated it to NYC), uses the unique wallpaper as focal point and inspiration in every room.
Photographs: James Cleary Architecture
Pacific Street Trio | James Cleary Architecture
What’s better than one beautiful house tour? How about a three-in-one? 253 Pacific Street contains three duplex residences – and all three are on this year’s home tour. From the building’s design, which is reminiscent of traditional Brooklyn brownstones, to the ultra modern construction, style and materials, these three residences are surely making a statement in Brooklyn. Not only are these residences well designed, they are also as environmentally friendly as can be: they use recycled materials wherever possible and the environmental footprint is designed to reduce energy use by at least 35% (compared to standard construction).
Salle Residence | Christian Hubert + David Fratianne Architect
Designer Christian Hubert and Architect David Fratianne are responsible for this massive 10,000 square foot studio-residence combination. David Salle’s residence is now one of the most iconic architectures in Fort Greene – it’s presence is large and in charge, taking up almost half a city block. From combining the space to produce not only his residence but also his studio, the building is stand alone. From everything between exterior restoration and interior renovation, the building was modified to reflect a new modern design, with zinc-covered roof curves and massive terraces in addition to the usual rooms we love.
Photographs: Francis Dzikowski / Esto
State Street Townhouse | Ben Hansen
Many designs are focused on being strictly modern or strictly traditional – but why cant we have the best of both worlds? Architect Ben Hansen designed the State Street Townhouse specifically for that reason: to have a conversation between the old and the new. The exterior of the building paired with the backyard family lifestyle (swings, sandbox, BBQ and all) pays homage to its Brooklyn roots. The open plan of the residence, in addition to the fixtures and materials, helps bring to life the idea of a space being traditionally modern.
If you like what you’ve seen, be sure to get a ticket to the hottest design event of the fall – City Modern.