West Village Studio Renovation

When we first encountered this 600 square foot apartment in the West Village, it was a rundown studio with dreary surfaces and a cramped, claustrophobic feel. Intrigued by the possibilities of rethinking its layout, we gutted it from flooring to ceilings, transforming it into a modern, efficient space much more in keeping with the lifestyle of its owner, a recent college graduate. The result is a casual, comfortably sophisticated space with contemporary energy.

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A sleek white alcove outfitted with low custom cabinetry and a simple table and chairs is the 20-something’s answer to a breakfast nook, complete with oranges and alcohol. Charles Eames for Herman Miller table paired with two Case Study® wire chairs from Modernica.

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A “black box” of built-in closets created a much-needed hallway into the living room/bedroom, separating the front and back of the apartment while providing ample storage.

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Cove lighting is used to add some drama throughout the apartment. As the occupant is a recent college graduate who works long hours and relaxes by inviting friends over to watch football and have a few drinks, being ready to entertain is key.

We started by reconceptualizing the flow as more of a one bedroom than a studio.

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The monochromatic palette of dark accents against light oak floors and crisp white walls adds an elevated touch. Side table is by Tom Dixon.

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A built-in desk along the windows further maximizes the functionality of this multitasking space. The unit is painted in Benjamin Moore semigloss Latex paint in black. The same color as the kitchen and closet walls. Desk lamp is by Anglepoise.

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In the kitchen we took a high/low approach, pairing Ikea cabinets with a marble back splash from StoneSource.

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The Vitsoe shelving can be added to over time for additional storage.


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