We spotted this swanky New York City penthouse apartment on Architectural Digest, a diamond in the rough by interiors firm Huniford Design Studio. The home is ideally located in NoLIta “North of Little Italy”, a chic neighborhood in the heart of Manhattan. The homeowner sought to have a family friendly home that is also environmentally responsible in design. The designer appeased this request, beginning with a full-scale renovation to the apartment.
Room layouts were reconfigured to maximize living space and create harmony. The interiors were then given a fresh coat of goat milk-based paint and material elements such as reclaimed barnwood. Another interesting feature the designer applied to this home was the installation of an electromagnetic frequency-blocking insulation. The material helps to shield the homeowners from electromagnetic radiation.
The interiors scheme is characterized by a feeling of serenity, a soothing environment inspired by nature. The color palette plays off of this vision, with hues of blue, gray and brown. A layering of organic textures adds warmth and livability to this home. There is a beautiful blend of rough and clean lines, creating a sophisticated living environment that is decidedly Zen.
Above: The fireplace is by Spark Fires, while the eye-catching surround is a custom fossil stone.
What We Love: This spectacular penthouse apartment features a beautiful mix of materials and finishes, creating a Zen-ful urban retreat. The kitchen really adds to the aesthetic of the home, adding a touch of rusticity with the reclaimed wood from a barn in Vermont. To top it off, the concrete countertop adds an organic feel. Overall, a beautiful family home with an environmentally friendly appeal.
Readers, what are your thoughts on the design of this urban penthouse apartment? Is there anything you would have done differently?
An outdoor terrace was designed with the help of landscape designer Roger Miller. It is a spacious area to entertain guests and to enjoy quiet family time. There is a meditation room for reflection, space for dining al fresco, or chill-out in the family room surrounded by walls of glass (pictured above). A focal point to the space is the living wall, showcasing stag horn ferns, contrasting beautifully against its urban backdrop.
Photos: Nick Johnson for Architectural Digest
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