Motivated to refresh their 1,350-square-foot pied-à-terre on the Upper East Side, the clients, who had relocated from New York to Los Angeles three decades ago to pursue careers in the film and television industry, enlisted the expertise of Fernando Fisbein Architect for a complete makeover of their living spaces.
Embracing a comprehensive renovation approach, the couple sought Fernando Fisbein’s guidance to address issues such as excessive partitions, damaged flooring, outdated lighting, mirror cladding in the bathrooms, minimal storage, and the absence of laundry facilities. The result is a reimagined, open, and cohesive living space that serves as a backdrop for quality family time.
In the renovated space, plain sawn white oak planks by LV Wood create continuity in the living, dining, and kitchen areas. A seamless ceiling design harmonizes varying beam heights, integrating direct and indirect lighting throughout. The millwork, conceived as a conceptual activity wall, functions as a central spine, organizing different aspects of the apartment with integrated lighting, storage, display, work, and support spaces.
The kitchen, positioned as a central hinge point, underwent a significant transformation. Partitions were removed, and a new peninsula extends into the dining area, fostering a more integrated environment and allowing natural light to permeate the core of the apartment. Custom cabinetry in white oak live flitch and countertops in white engineered stone were crafted by Townhouse Kitchens, creating a sophisticated aesthetic.
The living room, overlooking 57th Street, features a curated collection of modernist furniture, including a custom-designed USM Haller media console and bar, a coffee table by Isamu Noguchi, and unique pieces by Brazilian designer Sergio Rodrigues. The dining area, intimately connected to the living space, showcases a CB2 glass dining table paired with Wishbone Chairs by Hans Wegner.
The primary bedroom provides a cozy retreat, complete with a hidden projection screen for movie nights and custom white oak storage cabinets fabricated in Brooklyn by AT Concepts. The primary suite’s bathroom, enlarged from the original layout, exudes brightness and minimalism with Crema Marfil marble and custom white oak vanities.