A young couple expecting their first baby, the owners of the apartment at 244 Madison Ave approached ORE to combine the existing 500 sq. ft. studio they owned with the adjacent 500 sq. ft. studio they recently purchased. Working with ORE to determine the look and feel of their new home, it quickly became apparent that budget was paramount.
The apartment on Madison Avenue is housed in a former Hallmark printing factory. Probes in the dropped ceiling showed that the original possessed a unique warmth and character. We decided to feature the original ceiling, grazing it with light from coves; its roughness a complementary contrast to the clean lines of the walls and ceiling.
The central storage wall cleaves the apartment into bars of public and private space. The industrial-chic aesthetic is carried through the apartment’s other features, with a palette of cool whites, greys and blacks. The ceiling was exposed, providing a richly textured surface to contrast with the sleek surfaces of the other finishes. The apartment has a ready supply of natural light, enhanced by the light finishes of the interior.