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Incredible Design Projects: West End by Carol Kurth ArchitectureSaturday 28 December 2019
Located on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, this pre-war apartment received a gut renovation of the central entertaining spaces by Carol Kurth Architecture. The award-winning architect and interior designer transformed a compartmentalised floor plan to create flow and fluidity within the design. Part of the goal was to unify the spaces and open up relationships between adjoining rooms, embracing the pre-war aspects of the apartment while bringing a modernist sensibility to the design. This was achieved by designing steel-clad openings that transition spaces, celebrating the building’s 1920s architecture which features rusticated terracotta trim around the façade windows. CovetED takes you inside one of the designer’s most incredible design projects.
Lighting played an important role in the design of the space, as the apartment had no existing ceiling or wall lighting. By designing built-in millwork, Kurth was able to introduce linear LED glow lighting both in the millwork and through the architecturally significant Coltrane wall sconces by DelightFULL, amplifying the lighting and design aesthetic. These modern fixtures were chosen as they gave double the impact with two asymmetrical lamps of up and downlight, creating a striking lighting effect with the black and gold contrast. The sconces’ bold forms punctuate the space and define the seating area, as well as flank the media built-in on the opposite side of the room.
As an architect and interior designer, Carol Kurth is drawn to the effect that lighting shadows play upon surfaces. The black and gold Coltrane sconces gleam against the matte textures of the millwork, creating a beautiful effect. The lighting rounded out a cohesive architectural design, picking up the various metal detailing in the archways and millwork, thus creating a thread of dynamic interest throughout the home.
Part of the design scope included sourcing and curating art for the apartment. In the design process, the architect allocated areas where art would be an emphasis, creating niches and accent lighting to amplify the specified works within those spaces and celebrating the firm’s tenets of “Architecture as a backdrop for living™“ and “Interiors as an inspiration for lifestyle.™”
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