a guest townhouse in Brooklyn

It is a house designed primarily to entertain friends. The owner is in fact a passionate cook, so the principles of hospitality influenced the decisions on the architecture and materials of the project. It could not have been otherwise given the experience of Home Studios, design studio founded in 2009 by former book publisher Oliver Haslegrave, for some time recognized for bar and restaurant concepts. The architects made one lively and inviting home suitable for a modern family of four, in a typical 1901 Brownstone spread over three floors in the neighborhood of Fort Greene in downtown Brooklyn.

The complete renovation has reworked the floor plan with the aim of allowing an airy and bright internal flow, which gracefully united the rooms of the residence, including an open-plan living room, a kitchen and a service bathroom on the ground floor; a modern playroom, master bedroom and bathroom on the upper floors.

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The palette of materials consists of a wide range of elements put together in accordance with the customer with taste and harmony, giving preference to natural ones such as travertine, terracotta, brass, bronze, steel, glass, walnut and recovered oak floors. The attention to detail is visible in the finishes of the bathrooms: the Giallo Siena stone and the Clé Slant tiles decorate the one in the living area, while the travertine details underline the master one. Both bathrooms include a Picasso style mural created ad hoc by the artist Kimmy Quillin, which adds liveliness and creates an interplay between old and new.

One of the main directives was to respect the original architecture of the building while preserving historical details whenever possible, including the entrance doors, the stair handrail and the fireplace shelves. The house includes a mix of vintage and contemporary furniture, lamps and decorations, such as Anna Charlesworth’s pendant chandelier, Eny Lee Parker’s vases, Max Lamb’s Poly chair, Rug & Kilim’s Turkish carpet and others from the Homework furniture and lighting collection designed by Home Studios. The selected works of art are also an integral part of the atmosphere. Notable pieces include two paintings by Tyler Hays, another by Claire Oswalt, and a fabric by Hiroko Takeda.

The goal of Home Studios “is always to help tell the stories of inspired outsiders through art and architecture”, say the designers, who also in this case managed to make the “story” coincide with the ” materiality “to create an environment that challenges the conformity of a typical residence.

Brian Ferry .'s photo

Brian Ferry .’s photo


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Source: Living by living.corriere.it.

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