Two architects and a one bedroom apartment in New York transformed into a dream home

New York, the address is “22nd and Chelsea”: “a street between the Hudson River and the city, with numerous galleries, a bookshop we frequented often and the walk on the High Line within easy reach”. Noam Dvir and Daniel Rauchwerger, companions in life and work, have bought a one bedroom apartment in dilapidated condition in 2020 at the height of the pandemic, deciding to immediately begin renovating it in spite of the tumultuous period, to turn it into their dream home, a home office and, above all, a refuge where they can dream big about their future in architecture and interior design.

Both originally from Tel Aviv, with a masters in architecture from Harward and a past in publishing, the two have in curriculum work experience in the New York office of OMA, the studio founded by the Dutch Rem Koolhaas, but they met when they collaborated with the Israeli newspaper Haaretz and together they founded the design studio BoND, acronym for Bureau of Noam and Daniel.

The apartment is located on the main floor of a building dated 1856. The 4 meter high ceilings, the large windows facing south and the proportions of the spaces make it almost a loft. In the 70s the building had been divided into lodgings for sailors and all the original architectural elements had been lost in the various transformations.

Noam and Daniel have restored the vintage atmosphere watch vintage details such as the fireplace, the moldings, the parquet laid with planks and Italian herringbone, reinterpreted from scratch. «It’s a very lively house, a place where we work, where we meet clients and other designers. My parents were both artists: home and studio have always been the same thing, ”says Daniel.

Chris Mottalini’s photo

Throughout the apartment there is a constant “family atmosphere” from a real home, also supported by the numerous paintings by Jan Rauchwerger, father of one of the two hosts and an established Israeli artist – especially the one in which his wife Galit is portrayed, pregnant Daniel’s own – mixed with other works by artists often from friends of the hosts.

This free and informal reinterpretation of the typical New York period house allowed even the furnishings to be released from precise style and dating rules. Hence, in the dining area the Le Corbusier table is combined with chairs by Børge Mogensen and the contemporary ones designed by SANAA with the shape of a rabbit; in the living room, the modular sofa by Tacchini sits alongside the vintage Dutch scissor chairs, upholstered with a Raf Simons fabric, and the various aluminum furnishings.

During the pandemic this house became the meeting point of the “bubble” (the bubble, a very small group of friends and relatives who could meet safely) of the two architects. The sense of this place is clear in Daniel’s words: “It’s very casual, deliberately not oversized or precious. It was not designed to look beautiful but comfortable, with the feeling of an atelier, of a creative environment “.

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