Apai Residence

We reorganized the floor plan of this two bedroom apartment in Chelsea to better clarify the public and private spaces and to improve circulation. We introduced a walnut-sheathed block in the center of the apartment to house the pantry, shelves and a bench with storage. The floor wraps up the walnut block, which becomes the gateway for transitioning from the living area to the bedrooms. Color is used throughout the apartment to create visual interest. A bright blue peaks out from behind books and objects in the walnut bookcase. The same blue appears in the form of a floor to ceiling resin panel that lets light from the master bathroom into the hallway. A surprising shock of orange lines the underside of the kitchen island creating warmth among the white and stainless steel finishes. We mixed high and low using high-end light fixtures to contrast with a grouping of Ikea pendant lamps which define the entry. Built in benches, shelving and closets maximize storage and define spaces throughout the apartment.


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New York, New York, 10011, United States

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  • EOA/Elmslie Osler Architect