Midcentury-Modern NYC Apartment inspired by Japenese Design
Discover this amazing interior design project inspired by the Japenese Design! See the story of this stunning Midcentury-Modern Apartment in NYC!
When Ian Montone and Mary Ellen Loc set out to renovate their two-bedroom in Manhattan’s West Village they were short on square footage, but had a lot of ideas. On their list was to lightening up the home as much as possible and flavoring the rooms with plenty of midcentury-modern pieces. See how they changed they transformed their place into a midcentury-modern NYC apartment.
After architect Matthew Viederman wrapped up the initial renovations, Suchi Reddy of Reddymade Design came on to handle the interiors. “I have a strongly modernist sensibility that’s highly influenced by fine art and sculpture, and I work both in those modes to balance things,” she rattles off. It’s this precise approach that led the couple to Reddy.
A six-month renovation more than satisfied their checklist. In the completed apartment, those midcentury undertones read as decidedly au courant, thanks to custom millwork and riffs on Japanese design. Patterned rugs and works from beloved artists like Dana Kirkpatrick and Cecily Brown liven up uncluttered, clean lines.
The couple’s radiators were transformed with custom-designed and -built wood paneling at Reddy’s hand. The forebears of the midcentury-modern movement were hugely invigorated by Japanese design, she says, which led her to go “one step beyond . . . to the inspiration of the inspiration,” finding very old, traditional Japanese gate and screen details to serve as inspiration for the radiator covers. The clunky eyesores familiar to any Manhattanite are now enviably sleek and discreet.
In a small space like this, there’s a very thin line between coziness and claustrophobia. A neutral range of colors—think walls swathed in a light-welcoming palette—moderates the warmth of custom millwork like built-in bookshelves and a wood-paneled refrigerator. Don’t overlook all-white bedding as a way to cheat your way into relaxation. “I’ve never been drawn to color on beds. They don’t feel as restful or serene,” Reddy says.
Lights always make a small space feel bigger—because, well, illumination—but the use of pretty fixtures, like the subtly dynamic Issey Miyake pendant in the bedroom, contribute to the illusion by drawing the eye north. That’s why Reddy and company added a wooden screen, also inspired by Japanese gates, to the side of the fridge. The apartment has high ceilings, and “I wanted something tall in the room that would let you know,” she says.
Source: Architectural Digest