The 2014 NYC&G Innovation in Design Awards Winners: Interior Design
INTERIOR DESIGN WINNER: Wesley Moon Inc.
What was literally meant to function as a walk-in closet is now a live-in apartment. Longtime clients of Wesley Moon purchased a 600-square-foot studio in their Midtown East building to use as a closet, but soon saw it as an opportunity to create a separate guest apartment and entertainment space. According to Moon, “My clients now spend more time here than in their larger apartment downstairs.” The only stipulations given to Moon were to use an existing sofa and chairs and to keep the project to $250,000, which included construction and decoration. Among the most conspicuous design elements in the surprisingly airy space is a lacquer and oak-plywood room divider that functions as a TV/media center on one side and a dining room server on the other. A concealed Murphy bed and Pullman kitchen, along with a spirited wallpaper panel, create “a tiny jewel box of fabulosity,” remarks judge Elaine Griffin.
RUNNER-UP: Tracy Brown Interiors
When this Brooklyn townhouse was completed in 1909, its interiors, furnishings, and architecture embodied the Arts & Crafts style. During Tracy Brown’s recent transformation of the structure, she retained elements of the original design while managing to create what she calls “a subtle reinterpretation of what ‘modern’ means today.” Part of that agenda included melding the outside with the inside via a glass wall separating, but also linking, the kitchen to a rear garden. The formal dining room now incorporates raised plaster paneling as an echo of past historical motifs, while a dramatic top-floor study is “where Mies meets Arts & Crafts,” the designer says. Judge Alexa Hampton opines, “The interiors are thoughtful and intelligent, but even more important, they’re personal,” while judge Bunny Williams praises the project’s “wonderful innovation” overall.
FINALIST: Mojo Stumer Associates
Few visitors could detect that this 7,000-square-foot residence on the 82nd floor of an East Side building is actually three combined apartments. Mojo Stumer managed to foster a seamless flow from space to space, though one entire apartment unit can still be closed off for guests. “The clean layout, the beautiful finishes, and the lighting throughout are fantastic,” remarks judge Kerry Delrose. Noting the homeowners’ extensive art collection, Alexa Hampton adds, “This apartment captures the sense of a gallery, coupled with expansive views of New York City—and those vistas, by the way, are treated as extensions of the display.”
FINALIST: ID 810 Design Group with Toledo + Geller
A family of eight needs lots of room. Clients of ID 810 had already combined two apartments in their Upper East Side building, but were now adding a third to make a 3,200-square-foot home with six bedrooms and six baths. The designers realized that “some architectural finesse” was required, especially since the living spaces were disproportionately small in comparison to those of the bedrooms. In reassessing the apartment’s “dead zones,” the designers brought in new life by configuring a lounge space for entertaining, combining the living room with a newly expanded dining area, and fashioning a usable, spacious kitchen. “This beautiful home perfectly exemplifies transitional design,” comments Kerry Delrose. Elaine Griffin adds, “The furniture and the layouts really work.”