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Sun-filled stone exterior porch with Moroccan lanterns, wrought iron outdoor dining table and ratin chairs, and flower centerpiece. Rear façade of the house featuring the dark slate roof, wrought iron railing, French doors, lime plaster, and carved stone pillars.  Inspired by the English Arts and Crafts. Wrought iron and copper canopy over the front entrance, black-painted windows with board panels, stone mouldings and lime plaster façade. Entrance hall featuring dark-painted custom wood front door with diamanti panels, blown-milk-glass lanterns, wrought iron stair railing and grasscloth wall covering. Living room with limestone fireplace, mirror above the mantle, painted paneling and de Gournay foliated wallpaper with birds and lemons. Living room detail of iron coffee table, periwinkle silk drapes, de Gournay foliated wallpaper with birds and lemons, blue blown-milk-glass table lamp, armchair in rust velvet, purple lilac centerpiece. Living room detail of chagrine coffee table, de Gournay foliated wallpaper with birds and lemons, periwinkle sild drapes, chocolate ‘L’ sofa and embroidered cushions. Library sitting area with geometric two-tone carpet, canari yellow leather desk chairs, turquoise painted wood bookcases and embroidered linen rolling shade. Home office with Chinoiserie marquetry desk, plaid armchair, woven bamboo rolling shades and embroidered linen floor-length curtains. Detail of light blue linen lamp shade with corral finial. Kitchen with two levels of white-painted traditional shaker-style cabinets, light blue glazed ceramic subway tile, stainless steel farmhouse sink, textured glass in the upper cabinet doors, dark stained wood floors, red and white zig-zag rag runner, white crystallized glass counters, rolling ladder, painted linen lamp shade and tall windows. Kitchen with two levels of traditional shaker-style cabinets, stainless steel appliances, built-in ovens, red and white geometric rag runner, dark stained wood floors, glazed ceramic subway tile, schoolhouse pendant lights, painted linen shade and tall windows. View through the kitchen past the rolling ladder to the flower room with green-painted Shaker-style cabinets, slate counters, pink flowers and stainless steel farmhouse sink. Red leather built-in breakfast nook banquette, painted linen lamp shade, blinds with stained wood slats, dark stained wood floors, pink peony centerpiece in glass vase. Bar with metallic flowers on turquoise background, lacquered traditional cabinets, marble countertop, hammered metal sink, glass shelving on metal supports to display bottles and glasses. Dining room with high-gloss painted green walls, aubergine lacquered moldings, patterned curtains, antique mirror disco ball, purple velvet dining chairs and blue serving table. Sun room with Moroccan floor tiles, red sofa, light blue Chesterfield Settee and French doors. Detail of sun room with Moroccan floor tiles, white floor lamp, light blue Chesterfield settee and French doors. Bedroom with blue painted moldings, green painted walls, blue glazed ceramic herringbone fireplace surround, antique mirror ceiling pendant and octagonal mirror above the fireplace, purple velvet armchair. Detail of bedroom with blue painted moldings, green painted walls, blue glazed ceramic herringbone fireplace surround, antique octagonal mirror, purple flowered ottoman in window recess. Girl’s bedroom with geometric carpet in brown and white, upholstered headboards in pink and chocolate brown, grasscloth wall covering and linen bedding with orange stripes. Girl’s bedroom with chocolate painted walls, light blue armchair with pink piping, magenta sown leather pouf, white painted Giacometti floor lamp, and bathroom beyond to geometric tiled bathroom floor. Girl’s bedroom with chocolate painted walls, cream carpet, pink upholstered bed, and baldaquin with orange, pink and tangerine drapes. Bathroom with high polish lacquered blue moldings and vanity, marble counters, milk-glass ceiling pendant light, metal pedestal freestanding tub in a window niche and wallpaper with dancers.

​A new house in North West Arkansas for a young couple with small children. The builder and tradesmen were encouraged and trained to use traditional building methods and crafts, such as lime plaster stucco with carved stone trim and slate roofing, all of which are virtually extinct in this part of the country. The house features over 16” thick energy-efficient masonry walls, solid mahogany casement windows, geothermal heating and cooling and a tornado safe-room. 

Decoration by Katie Ridder

Photography by Eric Piasecki

Featured in ‘Katie Ridder Rooms’ by Heather Smith MacIsaac 

Featured in Southern Living

New modern wooden house in a young oak forest, with a cedar ramp in the spirit of the mining structures from the Pacific North West. Red Adirondack chairs overlooking the landscape. New modern wooden house in a young oak forest, with a cedar ramp in the spirit of the mining structures from the Pacific North West. Ferns as ground cover. New modern wooden house in a young oak forest, with a cedar siding, screened porches and a concrete base. New modern wooden house in a young oak forest, with two levels of balconies, board fences and a concrete base. View looking up inside a wooden structure, with cedar boards, cedar posts and beams, and galvanized pendant lights. View through a wooden structure, looking toward the front entry beyond a gravel path and bluestone landing. Living Room with whitewashed oak built-in bookcases, green linen armchairs, blue linen footrests, Prism rug from Dash & Albert in Perigold colorway, a fireplace with blue herringbone glazed ceramic tiles, a custom fireplace screen named Japanese Scroll, and a mid-century modern Nelson Saucer Bubble Pendant light. View through a stair hall toward a living room, with unlacquered brass switch plates, oak flooring, red painted stair risers, and Shaker style whitewashed oak paneling. An internal screened porch clad in cedar, with a teak Mistra table from Janus & Cie, Kos teak chairs from Tribu, and an early 19th Century Antique Scandinavian Hutch with a pediment clock from 1st Dibs.  Galvanized Bullet Cast Wire Guard lights from Barn Light Electric. Whitewashed oak kitchen island with butcher block top, custom hood with antique glass and blue painted metal trim.  Olde English Crossings Sendai Triangle geometric clay tile backsplash from Country Floors. Blue painted doors with yellow painted closet interior, brass knobs and oak flooring.  Cedar closet beyond. Blue painted doors with Eurway Modern Paradigm orange wool lounge chair, tree stump side table, and geometric rag rugs in orange, cream and grey colorway. Turquoise painted door to a bathroom with character oak pedestal sink, Tucson red painted radiator, slate grey porcelain walls and skylight ceiling with cove perimeter lighting. Detail of a ceiling shaft capped by a frosted glass skylight. Tucson red painted radiator and doors with unlacquered brass knobs, whitewashed oak built-in walk-in closet, and oak flooring. Orange painted door, green painted door and whitewashed oak trim in stair hall with board railing. Bathroom with oak flooring, character grade oak pedestal sinks, shower with frameless glass, freestanding tub on wood blocks, and river stone pebble mosaic shower floor, shower with corner windows and views to young oak forest beyond. Bathroom with oak flooring, character grade oak pedestal sinks, shower with frameless glass, freestanding tub on wood blocks, and river stone pebble mosaic shower floor, shower with corner windows and views to young oak forest beyond. Detail of bed with linen duvet cover, red and cream wool throw, red and cream knotted rag rug, mid-Century modern bedside table and red angle-poise bedside lamp. View of bedroom open to a cedar sided balcony with oak slide-fold doors from Duratherm, red and cream knotted rag rug, oak flooring, red angle-poise bedside lamp, a mid-century modern Nelson Saucer Bubble Pendant light and clerestory windows. View through an internal screened porch in cedar boards to a balcony, with views to a young oak forest beyond.  Galvanized Bullet Cast Wire Guard lights from Barn Light Electric. View to a young oak forest beyond an internal balcony with cedar board railing.

​​A new contemporary house in Upstate New York for a forward-thinking modern dance choreographer. The house is perched in the treetops on a steep mountain side overlooking a nature conservancy. A three-storey external ramp frames the main entrances and links the ground floor with the sleeping porches and rooftop terrace lookout.  Whitewashed board paneling, copper, white cedar lumber and siding, reclaimed character-grade antique walnut and oak, granite, antique mirror and glazed encaustic tile are a few of the traditional materials used in an unconventional design. The owner inherited a set of Fiesta ware dishes, which became the inspiration for the interior touches of color. Windows frame artful pictures of the ever-changing natural landscape beyond. The interior decoration is in progress through our internal decorating entity A K Atelier.

Featured in Upstate House and Inhabitat

Decoration by A K Atelier

Photography by Philippe Cheng

A new house in the arid high-desert of Southern Utah. The building is framed in steel with concrete floors and a standing seam copper roof. The design was made with a view to sustainability with rainwater recapturing and passive solar heat. In collaboration with the architect, the owners fabricated much of the exterior decorative steelwork, custom fixtures and furnishings. 

Featured in House Beautiful

Decoration by owner

Photography by Michael Plyler

Shingle style Hamptons cottage with Adirondack chairs and wood lattice ornamentation on porch columns. Detail of shingle style Hamptons cottage porch with painted wood floors and Adirondack chairs. Bedroom with blue painted walls, white painted wood floors, yellow pine canopy bed, school desk, white painted metal stool, orange glass table lamp and Chinese calligraphy. Living room with cathedral ceiling, purple taffeta floor-length curtains, white painted table and wing chairs, yellow Regency armchair, resin-topped metal stools, white painted wood floors and red Venetian chandelier. Family room and kitchen with antique French Chestnut daybed yellow Regency armchair, yellow Mid-Century Modern glazed ceramic table lamp, resin-topped metal stools, white painted wood floors and red Venetian chandelier. Library with colored glass bottles in a bay window, floral metallic wallpaper, giant clam on a turquoise painted wood bench, white silk floor-length curtains, black iron library desk with green Mid-Century Modern glass table lamp, cyan painted ceiling and white painted wood floors. Detail of colored glass bottles, seashells and vases with beach glass in a bay window, floral metallic wallpaper and stacks of books. Fireplace with stained wood bolection mantel, blue fireplace surround, floral metallic wallpaper, carpeted stairs, antique hand-carved wooden Chinese stool, upright piano carcass, Japanese prints, cyan painted ceiling and white painted wood floors. Detail of black-lacquered French library cabinet with gilded trim, plaster column capital, cyan painted ceiling and floral metallic wallpaper. Detail of 1950’s hoosier cabinet with enameled countertop, blue painted walls, chipboard architectural models and orange electrical extension cord. Detail of diamond patterned shingles and blue glass robe hooks in outdoor shower. Shingle-style shed with hanging wooden fish on white painted door, and vintage bicycle with white wheel rims.

A compound of shingled buildings on a former country club site on Long Island.  The smallest  cottage was originally an 1895 ice-cream shack.  The main building now shelters the owners' collections of found objects, books, and antique housewares.  While the exteriors have been carefully restored, the interiors are continually transforming as an experimental site for design and building methods.  Furniture, fixtures and accessories are custom designed and fabricated.

Decoration by owner

Photography by Annie Schlechter

Featured in Cote Ouest

Shingle style Hamptons two-storey house with arched double-height bay window and gabled roofs in a young oak forest with rhododendron, dogwoods and bluestone deck around an oval pool with dark liner. Shingle style Hamptons two-storey house with deep arched windows in square tower capped by a pyramidal skylight, in a young oak forest with rhododendron and bluestone footpath pavers in grass. Living room with cathedral ceiling, French doors, limestone fireplace, leather club chairs, built-in library bookshelves, iron chandelier with ivy leaves, iron and glass coffee table and Shaker armchair. Kitchen with cathedral ceiling, wood flooring, white Shaker style painted cabinets, limestone counters, white glazed ceramic backsplash tiles, slate blue painted walls, rustic branch dining chairs, red painted Shaker table, blue glazed pottery, blue glass and chrome Mid-Century Modern pendant lighting and white painted metal island stools. Steel circular stair with steel and glass treads, in square tower with arched windows and blue green painted walls. Steel circular stair with steel and glass treads, steel handrail and steel center post.

A renovation and extension of a farmhouse on Long Island for the owners of a wrought iron business. This was a collaboration between architect and craftsman. The steel spiral stair is marked with a Master Craftsman’s stamp at the top of the newel post. At night the stair transforms the tower with illuminated glass treads. 

Decoration by owner

Photography by Jon Wallen

Featured in Cote Ouest

Beige herringbone wood grain wallpaper inside white painted wood paneling with geometric patterned fabric settee, wood floors, paneled niche and pocketing doors. Home theater projection room with two levels of built-in upholstered fabric sofas, grasscloth walls, black iron tables, leather hand-sewn poufs, beige carpet and white painted paneled walls and white painted beamed ceiling. Children’s playroom with blackboard accent niche wall, acrylic armchairs, white painted craft table, built-in shaker-Style cabinets with wallpaper backing, and storage baskets on open shelves. Children’s playroom with a performance stage, theater lighting, patterned fabric upholstered blue and white armchairs, stained wood floors, embroidered white and red poufs, and zig-zag patterned red and white stage curtains.  TV in niche over white painted Shaker-Style built-in cabinets with stained wood countertop. Home office with built-in green painted Shaker-Style workstations with stained wood countertop, staggered stained wood floating shelves on painted brackets, swing-arm brass sconces, frosted glass door and wall, and stained wood floors. White painted paneled home entertainment room with a bar, custom patterned pocket doors, wallpapered niches with open glass shelves, mirrors in panels, air hockey table and climate-controlled wine room with glass doors. Double vanity with stained oak Shaker-Style vanity, white ceramic countertop sinks, wall-mounted oil rubbed bronze faucets on a travertine high backsplash and travertine counter. Green glazed ceramic subway tile, square rain shower head, and travertine shelf, floor, bench and shower curb. White painted paneled home entertainment room with a bar, mirrored white-painted paneling, air hockey table, stained wood floors, upholstered bar stools, Mid-Century Modern glass globe pendants, and climate-controlled wine room with cast concrete custom bottle rack and glass doors. White painted paneled home entertainment room with a bar, mirrored white-painted paneling, air hockey table, stained wood floors, upholstered bar stools, Mid-Century Modern glass globe pendants, and climate-controlled wine room with back-lit cast concrete custom bottle rack and glass doors. Detail of back-lit cast concrete custom wine bottle rack.

​A build-out to an existing country house on Long Island, for a young couple with small children. The playroom with stage leads to the garden through an outdoor grassed-in amphitheater. The climate-controlled wine room has solid 10” thick cast concrete cubby units for bottles to nest in.

Decoration by Jenny Vorhoff

Photography by Emily Gilbert and Joan Larsen Wozniak

Apartments & Townhouses
White painted paneled living room in a Pre-War Upper West Side New York apartment, with stained mahogany double pocket doors looking to a teal painted paneled and beamed dining room with Chinoiserie wallpaper frieze and crystal ship chandelier.  Stained parquet floors with contrasting mahogany border stripes and Madeline Weinrib brown zigzag Ikat rug. Teal painted paneled and beamed dining room with teal and gold Chinoiserie wallpaper frieze, and crystal ship chandelier.  Stained parquet floors, Dane Kai Kristiansen Rosewood Z dining chairs. Detail of teal painted paneling, clementines on a white milk-glass cake stand, and mother-of-pearl push-button switches with brass plates. Teal painted paneled and beamed dining room with teal and gold Chinoiserie wallpaper frieze, and crystal ship chandelier.  View to a kitchen with white painted cabinety, carrara stone counters and hanging pot rack, view through to a living room with white painted paneling and etagere, stained parquet floors, Dane Kai Kristiansen Rosewood Z dining chairs.  White tulips in ceramic vases. View through a teal painted paneled dining room, to a living room with a Madeline Weinrib brown zigzag Ikat rug, a white cracked ceramic tile fireplace, white painted paneling, blue upholstered armchair with upholstery nails, wicker child’s chair and a pair of iron etageres with stained oak shelves. Living room with a white cracked ceramic tile fireplace, white painted paneling, blue upholstered armchair, Madeline Weinrib brown zigzag Ikat rug, wicker child’s chair and a pair of iron etageres with stained oak shelves. View through a white paneled living room with a brown velvet sofa, an African stool and a Madeline Weinrib brown zigzag Ikat rug towards an entry foyer with a frosted glass star pendant, brown painted doors with transoms, stained parquet floors, and a zebra skin rug. Kitchen with painted white glazed cabinets with chrome bin pulls, a farmhouse sink, carrara marble counters and backsplash and a stainless steel pot rack. Kitchen with painted white glazed cabinets with chrome bin pulls, a farmhouse sink, carrara marble counters and backsplash, built-in Subzero stainless steel refrigerator, Wolf range with red knobs, and a stainless steel pot rack. Child’s bedroom with a crystal and white painted metal foliated chandelier, closets flanking a window with canary yellow painted double doors, and built-in desk in window niche with radiator and brass grille. Black and white bathroom with American Olean hexagonal flower pattern mosaic floor, white subway tile with black base and black liner rail, white painted double vanity with carrara marble countertop.

A renovation and reconfiguration of a unique apartment in a pre-war building on 108th Street in Manhattan, for doctors of psychiatry and their small children. The original 1910 paneling, pocket doors and beamed ceilings in the living room and dining room were carefully salvaged and restored, while the rest of the apartment was extensively reconfigured and updated in a classic Old New York style. The bold decorating features the owner’s Scandinavian furniture, as well as their collection of natural curiosities. 

Decoration by Nickolas Olsen

Photography by Emily Gilbert

Featured in The World of Interiors

​This penthouse duplex apartment on Upper Fifth Avenue, New York, is in a fourteen-story Neo-Renaissance-style building originally completed in 1925. The penthouse floor, historically the building’s maid quarters hidden behind an oversized cornice, was reimagined as a modern aerie with contemporary spaces and clean lines, enhanced by the warmth of natural materials and bathed in natural lights. The interiors were clad with walls of figured stone recalling waterfalls and forests, and wood paneling edged with bronze and adorned with custom hardware. As many of the windows were enlarged for more light and views, the spaces on the terrace became an extension of the interior. As such, the terrace elements were designed to integrate with the interiors, where the materials, the lighting and the detailing are interconnected.  The terrace furnishings and plantings were laid out to enhance the views of the park below, just as the interiors were designed to celebrate the natural inherent beauty of Quartzite stones and Oak, Olive, Chestnut and Afromosia woods.

Interior Design by Studio Riga

Photography by Emily Gilbert

 

Featured in Luxe Magazine

A renovation and reconfiguration of a finely detailed apartment in the luxury boutique shopping district in Manhattan, for the successful owners of a fashion label and their small children. The entry sequence incorporates intimate proportions with alcoves of bookshelves, setting off by contrast the unique double-height living room, which has a custom-designed coffered ceiling. The dining room can be closed off from the rest of the apartment with pocket doors, each having bronze grilles in the transom.

Decorating by Shaun Jackson Inc

Featured in Elle Decor

​Color, light and comfort unifies this renovated and reconfigured  apartment on 85th Street in Manhattan.   Large areas of dropped soffits and mouldings of inappropriate scale from an insensitive previous renovation were removed.  The original ceiling heights were restored, and the classically elegant pre-war character of the apartment was reinstated.  Built-in bookcases offer an opportunity for deep paneled mirrored window jambs to enhance  natural daylight in the living room and family room. The reconfiguration adapts to the needs of a modern family; the new custom-built kitchen is open to a spacious dining and family room.

Decoration by Robin Henry

Photography by Eric Piasecki

Featured on The Wall Street Journal

Featured on Houzz

The front and rear masonry facades of this historically significant Arts and Crafts townhouse were restored, along with pocketing oversized bay windows, turned steel trelliswork and a counterweighted ship’s ladder. A family room’s steel doors open onto a rear garden with bluestone pavers and shade-loving plants. The front entrance of this restored historically significant Arts and Crafts townhouse was expanded into a planted areaway with a wrought iron railing, new window grilles, and pavers over a snow-melt system.  Casement windows were added to the second floor according to the architect’s original design. New double-hung windows were installed in a restored metal-clad curved bay. Oversized pocketing bay windows were replaced on the second floor living room of this restored historically significant Arts and Crafts townhouse. The oversized lower sashes pocket into the ceiling to enable the owner to step out onto a balcony, and access the rear garden via a steel stair. The steel doors of this restored historically significant Arts and Crafts townhouse’s family room open onto a rear garden with bluestone pavers, shade-loving plants, and a rear garden trellis wall with cascading water fountain. The original plaster moldings with nautical-themed waves and clam shells were preserved and enhanced. The latest appliances, integrated among paneled cherry cabinets, geometric clay tiles and customized brass hardware, offers equal measures of modern conveniences and Old World style to the ground floor of this reconstructed historically significant Arts and Crafts townhouse. Bronze grilles swing open for easy cleaning of antique mirror in the panels of cherry closet doors in this reconstructed historically significant Arts and Crafts townhouse. Restored and repainted turned steel balusters in the stair of this restored historically significant Arts and Crafts townhouse frame the view to a jewel box second-floor dining room. Cleverly accessible from the kitchen via a hidden stair, a small pair of disused staff rooms on the second floor of this restored historically significant Arts and Crafts townhouse were purposefully reconfigured into an embellished dining room.  Navy velvet panels are framed in gilded fluted trim, and hand-painted chrysanthemum blossoms on verre églomisé seem to flutter in a supper’s candlelight. Cleverly accessible from the kitchen via a hidden stair, a small pair of disused staff rooms on the second floor of this restored historically significant Arts and Crafts townhouse were purposefully reconfigured into an embellished dining room.  Navy velvet panels are framed in gilded fluted trim, and hand-painted chrysanthemum blossoms on verre églomisé seem to flutter in a supper’s candlelight. Cleverly accessible from the kitchen via a hidden stair, a small pair of disused staff rooms on the second floor of this restored historically significant Arts and Crafts townhouse were purposefully reconfigured into an embellished dining room.  Navy velvet panels are framed in gilded fluted trim, and hand-painted chrysanthemum blossoms on verre églomisé seem to flutter in a supper’s candlelight. Paneled Cherry cabinets with textured glass and polished marble offer equal measures of convenience and Old World style to a butler’s pantry adjacent to a dining room on the second floor of this restored historically significant Arts and Crafts townhouse. A cast plaster decorative fan in an arched door transom panel frames the entrance to the master bedroom of this restored historically significant Arts and Crafts townhouse. A four-poster bed, hand-painted silk curtains, a Tiffany stained-window panel and original Delft tiles in a mantel surround add Old World style to the master bedroom of this restored historically significant Arts and Crafts townhouse. Three shades of blue glazed ceramic tiles, Calacatta marble and antique brass hardware add Old World style to the bathroom of this restored historically significant Arts and Crafts townhouse. An antique Chinese wedding bed and a vintage colored milk-glass globe ceiling pendant light adorn the bedroom of this restored historically significant Arts and Crafts townhouse. A fitted blackened steel mirror, polished black marble and a custom curved-front black-lacquered vanity adorn the powder room of this restored historically significant Arts and Crafts townhouse. A custom nickel mirror, polished striated marble, a nickel washstand from Urban Archaeology, and Katie Ridder wallpaper adorn the powder room of this restored historically significant Arts and Crafts townhouse. The historically-significant double-height library on the top floor of this Arts and Crafts townhouse features its original nautical maps, a seahorse chandelier and William Morris wallpaper by Cole and Sons above a crenellated paneled chestnut frieze. The historically-significant double-height library on the top floor of this Arts and Crafts townhouse features its original nautical maps, a seahorse chandelier and a mantle painting depicting the Bownell family ancestors’ arrival in New Amsterdam. Polychromatic tiles on the mantel surround showcase various knights in aristocratic tunics, doublets and armor, being that medieval times were common themes featured in the American Arts and Crafts period. The historically-significant double-height library on the top floor of this Arts and Crafts townhouse features original chestnut paneling, as well as a wrought iron railing by Edwin Marcus, a famous New York Times theatrical and political cartoonist, who was also known for his wrought iron monuments of walking figures in silhouette on the John Finley Walk in Carl Schurz Park.  A new bar was inserted into the existing paneling, Kaps well as William Morris wallpaper from Cole and Sons above original nautical maps framed in a crenellated frieze. While the last proprietor of this historically significant Arts and Crafts-style townhouse left every original period detail of Harvey Stevenson’s 1937 remodel untouched, much was in dire need of restoration and repair, after eight decades of ownership. Before our redesign, the rooftop itself was a sea of reflective asphalt, covered in random pipes and leaking skylights.  It was completely transformed into a lush urban rooftop garden, with vegetable patches in elevated planters, espaliered apple trees within beds of companion strawberry plants, culinary herbs mixed in with sedum live roof modules, and a grape arbor for some dappled shade. With the skillful green touch of the Urban Gardener in residence, a worm compost was put to work to generate nutritious soil, and a beehive added to provide pollination. While the last proprietor of this historically significant Arts and Crafts-style townhouse left every original period detail of Harvey Stevenson’s 1937 remodel untouched, much was in dire need of restoration and repair, after eight decades of ownership. Before our redesign, the rooftop itself was a sea of reflective asphalt, covered in random pipes and leaking skylights.  It was completely transformed into a lush urban rooftop garden, with vegetable patches in elevated planters, espaliered apple trees within beds of companion strawberry plants, culinary herbs mixed in with sedum live roof modules, and a grape arbor for some dappled shade. With the skillful green touch of the Urban Gardener in residence, a worm compost was put to work to generate nutritious soil, and a beehive added to provide pollination.

This townhouse underwent a complete overhaul of its infrastructure and service core to maximize performance and efficiency. The rooms and details from a 1937 remodel, however, were carefully restored and preserved. Additionally, the existing garden and rooftop garden were redesigned to include sustainable elements such as a grass roof; live-roof sedum and herb garden modules; a worm compost; and a beehive for pollination. The gardens also feature a vegetable patch, a flower cutting garden, and an orchard. Lastly, a new street-front garden was created in keeping with the character of the neighborhood's nationally registered historic streets.

Featured in 6sqft

Decoration by Shaun Jackson

Landscape design by Erik Moraillon and Helen Lambrakis

Mylar wall coverings, stainless steel frames with mesh securing a winding secondary convenience stair, and black polished wood floors contribute to the array of reflective surfaces in this Upper East Side triplex maisonette. Tangerine Venetian plaster emanate warmth, shine and a dash of spice in the living room of this Upper East Side triplex maisonette reconstructed with coffered ceilings, true weight-and-chains mahogany double-hung windows and pocketing shutters in deep paneled window jambs. Tangerine Venetian plaster emanate warmth, shine and a dash of spice in the living room of this Upper East Side triplex maisonette reconstructed with coffered ceilings, true weight-and-chains mahogany double-hung windows and pocketing shutters in deep paneled window jambs. On the theme of reflective surfaces and cool metallics, this dining room in an Upper East Side triplex maisonette was reconstructed with true weight-and-chain mahogany double hung windows, pocketing shutters integrated into deep paneled jambs, pigmented polished wide board oak floors, and a glossy Nero Bilbao mantel with chrome surround by Chesneys New York for some extra shine. On the theme of reflective surfaces and cool metallics, this dining room in an Upper East Side triplex maisonette was reconstructed with true weight-and-chain mahogany double hung windows, pocketing shutters integrated into deep paneled jambs, pigmented polished wide board oak floors, and a glossy Nero Bilbao mantel with chrome surround by Chesneys New York for some extra shine. The striking palette for this Manhattan triplex maisonette apartment kitchen was created by pairing cool metallics with the warmth of ash boards and transparent stains. Polished concrete countertops are not only warm to the touch, but can be seamlessly poured-in-place in any desired thickness. Cabinet doors are hung on custom stainless steel strap hinges and long cabinet pulls are assembled from a marine hardware kit of parts made up of stainless steel lengths of rods, stanchions and end caps. The striking palette for this Manhattan triplex maisonette apartment kitchen was created by pairing cool metallics with the warmth of ash boards and transparent stains.Polished concrete countertops are not only warm to the touch, but can be seamlessly poured-in-place in any desired thickness. The striking palette for this Manhattan triplex maisonette apartment kitchen was created by pairing cool metallics with the warmth of ash boards and transparent stains. Long cabinet pulls are assembled from a marine hardware kit of parts made up of stainless steel lengths of rods, stanchions and end caps. The striking palette for this Manhattan triplex maisonette apartment kitchen was created by pairing cool metallics with the warmth of ash boards and transparent stains. Cabinet doors are hung on custom stainless steel strap hinges. A fitted mirror, honed grey limestone wall tiles and a black freestanding porcelain pedestal sink adorn the powder room of this Upper East Side triplex maisonette apartment. Polished black marble on a nickel washstand with glass legs from Urban Archaeology in a mirrored paneled niche adorn the master bathroom of this Upper East Side triplex maisonette apartment. Polished black marble on an under-mount built-in tub in a paneled niche adorn the master bathroom of this Upper East Side triplex maisonette apartment. Carrara marble edged in grids of bullnose liner tiles clad the bathroom of this Upper East Side triplex maisonette apartment.

A renovation and reconfiguration of a spacious duplex apartment in a Landmarks-designated building on 96th Street in Manhattan. The large windows were replaced with new mahogany weights-and-chain double-hung units, complete with interior louvered shutters pocketing in deep paneled jambs. The kitchen was designed with custom cabinets of stained oak boards and stainless steel boat rail hardware. 

Interior Design by Burt Wayne 

Decoration by Barbara Lazarus

Styling by Kyle DeWoody

Photography by Eric Piasecki

Featured in House Beautiful

Reclaimed whitewashed barn boards with highlights of mirrored milk and textured glass were woven into this Landmark-Designated TriBeCa artist loft.  Biedermeier furniture, salvaged period doors and hardware add to that authentic sail factory flair. Whitewashed barn board walls, redwood beamed ceilings, pine floors, an enameled Viking hood framed within stained kitchen cabinets, slate backsplash tiles and butcher-block counters add to the authentic sail factory flair of this Landmark-Designated TriBeCa artist loft. A kitchen with an enameled Viking hood framed in stained cabinets, slate tiles and butcher-block counters match the authentic sail factory flair of this Landmark-Designated TriBeCa artist loft. Reclaimed whitewashed barn boards, with highlights of mirrored milk and textured glass are woven into this Landmark-Designated TriBeCa artist loft.  A Victorian enameled pedestal sink, salvaged paneled doors and period glass towel rails add to that authentic sail factory flair. Brick-bond mosaics in a random mix of multicolored stone are edged with porcelain bases and white subway wall tile in the bathroom of this Landmark-Designated TriBeCa artist loft.

​A renovated artist’s loft in a wood-framed Landmarks-designated building on Franklin Street in Lower Manhattan. The renovation incorporates and rehabilitates the ownwer’s collection of salvaged architectural elements. The walls are finished in reclaimed whitewashed barn boards, the transoms are textured glass. 

Decoration by owner

Photography by Emily Gilbert

High-polish mirror-finish surfaces on these Pre-War Chelsea dining room walls, ceilings and moldings required twelve coats of paint in between fine standings.  A crystal chandelier, a pair of round-top etched-glass mirrors and a Mid-Century Modern polished ebony dining table give the whole a glamorous and luxurious feel. High-polish mirror-finish surfaces on these Pre-War Chelsea dining room walls, ceilings and moldings required twelve coats of paint in between fine standings.  A crystal chandelier and a Mid-Century Modern polished ebony dining table give the whole a glamorous and luxurious feel.  Adjacent to the dining room is a built-in painted bar with painted paneled cabinets, glass shelving and white Carrara marble. A library nook with contrasting paint and Ann Morris Antique bookcase sconces is built into this Pre-War Chelsea apartment family room. In a playful nod to the owner’s Irish ancestry, a green sofa and an unconventional Union Jack rug beg for lounging about with a good book in this Pre-War Chelsea apartment family room.

Two separate apartments were joined for an Emmy Award - winning editor and eminent lawyer and their young children, in a prewar building on Seventh Avenue in Manhattan. The dining room and bar are finished with a high-gloss mirror-polished paint. 

Decoration by Grady Cooley

Photography by Marc Lins

This private apartment in the Carlyle Hotel was designed as a pied-a-terre for a New York businessman and his visiting guests from China and Japan. The walls of the sitting room are finished in maroon stained leather panels. This private apartment in the Carlyle Hotel was designed as a pied-a-terre for a New York businessman and his visiting guests from China and Japan. The walls of the sitting room are finished in maroon stained leather panels. This private apartment in the Carlyle Hotel was designed as a pied-a-terre for a New York businessman and his visiting guests from China and Japan. The walls of the sitting room are finished in maroon stained leather panels. This private apartment in the Carlyle Hotel was designed as a pied-a-terre for a New York businessman and his visiting guests from China and Japan. The kitchenette is outfitted with painted paneled cabinets, a custom stainless steel counter with integral sink, and burgundy glass backsplash tiles. This private apartment in the Carlyle Hotel was designed as a pied-a-terre for a New York businessman and his visiting guests from China and Japan. The marigold bedroom has a custom upholstered bed and armchair and an antique Chinese lacquered cabinet as a bedside table.

This private apartment in the Carlyle Hotel was designed as a pied-a-terre for a busy New York businessman and his visiting guests from China and Japan. The walls are finished in stained leather panels. 

Decoration by Katie Ridder

Photography by Jon Wallen

​A proposal for a new internal circular stair, to access a future roof-top garden and greenhouse from the existing top-floor apartment in a Landmarks-designated building on the Upper East Side in Manhattan. 

A small apartment for a first-time homeowner in New York’s West Village. The project involved making the best use of a small space and a small budget. 

Architecture and interiors by Anik Pearson Architect 

Photography by Jon Wallen

A renovation of a pre-war apartment on 90th Street in Manhattan. The entry and main circulation spaces are articulated with new painted wood paneling. The apartment was reconfigured to facilitate furnishing and to optimize opportunities for display of the owners’ extensive rotating art collection. 

Decoration by Shaun Jackson

Photography by Jon Wallen

​A proposal for a complete brick masonry façade reconstruction of a Landmarks-designated townhouse on the Upper East Side in Manhattan. The design includes a two-storey copper-clad bay window, carved stone detailing and ornamental rough-iron railings.

An alteration and infrastructure upgrade to an existing New York City Landmarks-designated townhouse. The minimalist modern interiors at the core are set in contrast to the grand proportion and original detailing of the main rooms. The master bath and dressing suite is designed with cabinetry fitted with seamless white sheet-glass and has radiant heated large-format stone slab flooring. The rear façade was altered for access to a roof-top terrace.  

Estates

​A master plan for a country property in Upstate New York. The design links horse-riding trails round the property between main and accessory buildings to equestrian facilities, including grazing fields, stables and indoor and outdoor arenas. Among projects over several years, the existing barns were restored, a historic farmhouse improved, and a new stone equipment barn constructed. The property is in a water conservation district. 

A master plan for a contemporary residential compound on a previously unimproved property in Upstate New York. This will be a weekend retreat for a young family headed by a prominent lawyer and a modern dance choreographer. The road and infrastructure are carefully designed to knit into the existing grade and vegetation to preserve and enhance the site’s natural features and rugged character. Walking and cross-country trails link a house, dance studio, caretaker’s lodge, and accessory structures to the nearby nature conservancy and Appalachian Trail. Sustainable elements include energy-efficient building envelope design, grass roof and rain screen. 

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Landscape architecture by Reed Hilderbrand LLC

Landmarks

Façade restoration and re-shingling at one of the last surviving wooden churches in New York City. The decorative shingle patterns were re-created by combining laser surveys with meticulous research of the original Architect’s drawings of 1898. The stained glass in the rose windows was restored.  In the research, Anik Pearson Architect rediscovered details lost in an insensitive 1950’s repair. This project received a 2011 Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award from the New York Landmarks Conservancy.

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A proposal for this New York City church to replace the vestry entry gates with new ironwork in the Art Deco High-Gothic Revival spirit.

Projects over several years for this New York City Church range from the restoration of the choir loft to the salvaging and repair of the colossal pocket doors at the main entrance. The church is close to Times Square and is affectionately known as Smoky Mary’s for its incense-filled atmosphere.

Private Clubs

Knickerbocker Club
Over several years Anik Pearson Architect has been helping the Knickerbocker Club with multiple alterations and the addition of a new member’s wine tasting and storage rooms. The wine room necessitated reconfiguration of the service facilities, which led to conducting an in-depth analysis of the building’s infrastructure systems. The latter led to a decrease of energy consumption and an increase of space efficiency.

Lobbies & Offices

A new office build-out for Infinia Group, a strategy and design consultancy in Manhattan’s Chelsea gallery district. The partitions are framed in blackened steel and finished with stained cedar siding. The CEO’s office is mobile, separated from the common areas by a moveable partition. 

Photography by Marc Lins

A new office build-out for an award-winning creative editorial studio specializing in television, web, and branded experiential entertainment on Wooster Street in Manhattan. The planning included placing to advantage the partners’ collection of Asian art and sculpture, while carefully concealing the extensive network of IT wiring for an open and clutter-free work environment. 

Photography by Emily Gilbert

Anik Pearson Architect’s previous architectural office in Manhattan’s sleepwear district.

Photography by Marc Lins

​An office build-out of 10,000 s.f. for an architectural firm that designs buildings in a classically influenced language. Co-design by Peter Pennoyer. The drafting room workstations have ergonomic chairs, keyboards, and monitor arms by Humanscale. 

Photography by Jon Wallen

A lobby reconstruction on 16th Street in Manhattan. The work includes saving the original vaulted plaster tracery ceiling, redesigning with high-gloss mirror-polished paint and the reconfiguration of USPS-regulated mailboxes.

Renderings by Ubi Interior + Furniture Design

Photography by Patrik Rytikangas

About

Anik Pearson Architect effortlessly merges modern living concepts with a distinctive range of architectural and decorative styles.

The dedicated team listens to the clients' goals and works in close collaborative partnership to propose innovative solutions.  They excel in finding opportunities to ensure that every inch of the property is enhanced to its fullest potential.  Their knowledge of the trade is extremely thorough.  Drawings and specifications are meticulously assembled, which enables the coordination process to take place well in advance, saving each client valuable time and expense during construction. Higher craftsmanship and materials which age gracefully are encouraged, improving durability and offering long-term benefits. With resourcefulness and creative talents, the team proves repeatedly and consistently that projects don’t have to be wildly expensive to be spectacular.

The firm has been active in the United States and in Europe, and is constantly adding new houses, residential interiors and institutional works to its diverse portfolio, as well as serving as a laboratory for best practices and a mentoring ground for women in the profession.

“We worked with AP Architects on an out-of-state, whole house design project and had an excellent experience from start to finish. We couldn't give a better, stronger recommendation for Anik and her entire project team. Their thoughtfulness, attention to detail, diligence on solving small problems in the best way, and their knowledge of the trade is incredible. In our project, they applied all those traits and the result was the perfect home that met every goal and ideal that we requested.”

“Anik Pearson was the architect for the gut renovation of prewar duplex in Manhattan. Throughout the process she proved herself to be an innovator, while respecting the historic nature of the space and a tremendous collaborator. While presenting a clear and extraordinarily educated point of view, she also managed to effectively listen to and incorporate my needs and ideas. She, and her staff, are thoughtful and extremely detail oriented. She has excellent taste and a very sophisticated aesthetic, that is not limited to any particular style or period. Her ability to mix modern and classical elements in a way that respects the space makes her a true stand out in her field. Her presence and expertise were invaluable throughout the construction process.”

Profiles

The firm pays great attention to detail and achieves the best results by assembling thorough drawings and specifications. Every detail is original, and designed by hand.

After a childhood spent in Bourgogne and Savoie in France, Anik Pearson trained as an architect at The Cooper Union in New York City. At Cooper she graduated as valedictorian of her class and won the school AIA award, among others. Her practical training was at the offices of Cicognani Kalla Architects and Peter Pennoyer Architects, establishing her own firm in 2001. The firm has much experience with New York City apartments and in country houses, particularly in remote locations. The firm pays great attention to detail and achieves the best results by assembling thorough drawings and specifications. Every detail is original, and designed by hand.

The firm has much experience with New York City apartments and country houses, particularly in remote locations. The firm pays great attention to detail and achieves the best results by assembling thorough drawings and specifications. Every detail is original, and designed by hand.

Her practical training was at the offices of Cicognani Kalla Architects and Peter Pennoyer Architects. She has established her own firm in 2001.

ANIK PEARSON

PRINCIPAL, AIA, LEED AP

After a childhood spent in Bourgogne and Savoie in France, Anik Pearson trained as an architect at The Cooper Union in New York City. At Cooper she graduated as valedictorian of her class and won the school AIA award, among others. Her practical training was at the offices of Cicognani Kalla Architects and Peter Pennoyer Architects. She established her firm in 2001.

Much of Anik Pearson’s experience is with New York City apartments and country houses, particularly in remote locations. Anik designs each project to the client’s individual requirements, ensuring a unique result. Herself an accomplished artist as well as architect, Anik assembles every initial presentation by hand, whether with sketches, perspectives watercolors or photography. The artistic process helps clients better understand, early in the process, how their new homes or remodeled apartments will look. Working closely in partnership with the client, being methodical, and dedicating her personal attention to every project, Anik brings clarity and predictability to the process. She is happiest when she can help her clients achieve the most value for their budget, large or small.

In addition to designing, building projects and sitting as board member on the New York State Board for Architecture, Office of the Profession, she is helping create new education and work opportunities for emerging professionals through leadership on a university scholarship, individual mentoring, and outreach to connect emerging women practitioners to the broader professional community.

Click to view Angelique Pierre, Senior Project Manager

ANGELIQUE PIERRE
SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER


Angelique Pierre is a senior project manager at Anik Pearson Architect. Prior to joining the practice in 2010, Angelique received an undergraduate degree in Architecture from The Cooper Union in New York City, after gaining early architectural experience while being engaged in various apprenticeships in her early teens.

Her extensive experience at the firm, combined with her focus, precision and attention to detail, have made her an invaluable asset to the firm; both to thoroughly train incoming junior staff, and to ensure the highest standards of quality to every project. She has managed many of the firm’s largest residential projects, including some of the most complex apartment and townhouse renovations. She works closely with each client in direct collaboration, with a keen interest in helping them realize their vision.

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Publicity

Designed by New York-based firm Anik Pearson Architect, this three-story steel and glass staircase was installed in a new addition of a shingle-style residence in Watermill, on the East End of Long Island.

CHRISTINE PITTEL: How did you gel this kitchen to look like molten silver?
ANIK PEARSON: We started with V-groove oak boards.

CHRISTINE PITTEL: You mean like something you’d see on a barn?
ANIK PEARSON:Yes, but I didn’t want it to look rustic, so we washed them with a transparent gray stain and then a polyurethane satin finish to rive them some sheen. Then we framed each cabinet in stainless steel to make it more sleek and urban.

CHRISTINE PITTEL: That trim is unusual, especially those screws.
ANIK PEARSON: The screws are part of the hinges. You could transform even the dullest kitchen with interesting hardware. I wanted something different, and these are l-shaped strap hinges, the kind of thing you’d see in the Middle Ages to tie boards together. But we designed ours to look more like precision machinery.

CHRISTINE PITTEL: Where did you find those extra-long handles?
ANIK PEARSON: It’s boat hardware, straight out of the catalog. You can buy an 8-foot length of one inch tubing and cut it to size. They have great weight and are extremely well crafted, since they’re made to survive outside.

The owners of the residence are also owners of a wrought-iron business, so the firm custom built the spiral staircase out of steel, with glass panels ending out of each tread to snugly fit inside the freestanding square-shingled towner. The tower, which is equipped with deep-set windows and a pyramidal skylight overhead, is flooded with natural light, which filters through each level of the glass treads, making the staircase appear as though it is floating in the mid-air during the day. At nighttime the glass between the wall and steel treat is illuminated from each tread’s edge, resulting in a glowing staircase that serves a giant chandelier.

Sleek as a speedboat,this urban kitchen is intricately detailed with gleaming wood and maritime hardware.
Design by ANIK PEARSON

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Competitions & Proposals

​A competition entry for the rebuilding of Notre Dame de L’Assomption in the city of Port-au-Prince, in Haiti.  In keeping with ecclesiastic tradition, the formal program and spatial configuration of the cathedral is preserved. Remaining fragments of the original cathedral are restored to memorialize the January 2010 earthquake.

​A competition entry for an arts and culture center in the city of Beirut, in the Republic of Lebanon.  Competition commissioned by the Ministry of Culture.  

​A proposal to design a summer pavilion in the garden of a private residence in Doha, Qatar.  

​A competition entry for a new observatory at Kielder Water and Forest Park, Northumberland, England.  Competition commissioned by The Kielder Partnership.

Exhibitions

​An exhibition entry for “Rites of Passage: 1995 – 2009” which opened in January 2010 in the gallery of Cooper Union’s acclaimed new building at 41 Cooper Square.

Exhibition curated by Thomas Micchelli.

Photography by Bruno Gaget.

DECORATIVE IRONWORK
Anik Pearson designs custom wrought iron furniture, hardware, and accessories in collaboration with La Forge Française. Their master craftsman Patrice Humbert is one of very few to have been trained in a French wrought iron tradition that has changed little since the 13th century.

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