Friday, May 4, 2012

Steel Grid

We are currently framing our Upper West Side combination.  The steel studs and joists now demarcate the new walls and ceilings of the renovation.  The rough-in electrical, mechanical and plumbing will be installed between the light gauge steel members before the walls are closed with sheetrock. 

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Astronomical Ceiling

Our client's son will lie under this starlit sky as he sleeps at night.  The star ceiling was installed with twinkling fiber optic lights to match the boy's birthday constellations.  It is not as elaborate as Grand Central's painted ceiling, but it is quite realistic.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Poet Sofa

Designed by Finn Juhl during the Danish Modern epoch, the Poet Sofa reflected the architect's connection with his rural landscape. Juhl used organic forms and soft lines, resulting in a cozy piece designed with the best craftsmanship traditions. We selected the piece to serve as our client's reading chair as it just beckons for someone to curl up with a great book and cup of tea.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Some Milieux for your Monday

This is just what this rainy NYC Monday needs; an intricately designed hand-cranked wine bottle opener that even pours you a glass of wine. It might take longer to open a bottle than you would, but we think it's safe to say it looks a lot cooler doing it!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Romanesque Revival Renovation

The sheetrock and plaster walls have been demolished at our Upper West Side combination, revealing the turn-of-the century brickwork. Originally designed by Gilbert Schellinger as a Romanesque Revival Style building in 1892, the Del Monte has been renovated many times over the years. Our design for this combination pays reverence to the original craftsmanship, leaving the brickwork exposed.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Oh the Memories

We just came across these old photos of a renovation we completed back at the turn of the century. Remember when salmon and maple were cutting edge? Paul remarks, "My back hurts just looking at that big fridge. I had to cut the hallway ceiling and the entire front door out to get that thing in the space!" Yes, Paul wore his tool bag everyday back then.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Shedding Some Light

Check out the bookshelf light detail integrated into the son's bunk bed at the Lucida project.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Finders, Keepers

Whenever we start demolition on a prewar apartment, we dream of the treasure we're sure to find buried behind the century-old lathe walls. We have come across everything from piles of oyster shells (apparently they were a popular lunch item) to long bygone brands of cigarette packs. We have found old newspapers, antique keys, beer cans that required openers, obsolete faucets and fixtures, oil burning lamps and the like.

Our project on the Upper West Side revealed an old Schlitz can and a solid copper bowl. The treasure map still eludes us, but Paul remarks that once he finds it he will be off to hunt the treasure in true Jack T. Colton style.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Switch to Automation

That's one hell of a switch bank for a three bedroom condo! And that's only half of what we installed for this high end lighting plan. All of the switches are located in the new audio/visual closet and will be integrated into a Crestron lighting control system. Essentially, everything that is hardwired in the apartment can be controlled via an iPhone or iPad from any location in the world. The new security cameras, Lutron roller shades, HVAC system, lights and even the hidden home theater projector can be operated from Paris or São Paulo.