Modern apartment interiors are invariably crisp and sleek. But they can also be cold when form becomes more important than function.
There was little chance of that happening in this New York apartment the owner made it clear he was not interested in a clinical white box. In fact he wanted just the opposite, says interior designer Robert Kaner, who worked on the project with architect Rafael Berkowitz.
"The owner was extremely engaged in the process," says Kaner. "He compiled an inventory of inspirational images for us. These had a very clean, contemporary, yet warm language. It became clear the interior needed to have a cocoon-like feel. Our focus was on creating visual warmth and providing a seamless, open living space."
The designer says the team was able to reconfigure the layout before the new apartment was completed, to better integrate the kitchen with the living area and to conceal several unsightly structural and mechanical elements.
"A lot of visual tidying was required to create a sleek, contemporary interior," Kaner says. "For example, there was an awkward, bulky column in the centre of the apartment, which Rafael enclosed within a vertical structure that incorporates a niche for a bar. The bar itself is cantilevered so it appears to float between the walls these are lined with bronze glass.
"The haphazard design of the ceilings was also changed. There was an oddly shaped diagonal beam cutting right across the living space, and other oddities related to the mechanical services. We rationalised the design, creating shallow soffits to streamline the whole look."