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Brooklyn Loft Brooklyn, NY


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Gut renovation of loft in Brooklyn. The goal was to combine two apartments into a large loft. Keeping as much as possible the original detailing and materials of the former factory building and using crisp new walls to define clean volumes defining the private spaces (bedrooms and bathrooms). Simple details, tactile finishes and original details make this apartment the absolute New York Loft with a European twist. 

Private house in a Country Club near Buenos Aires. 

New EBERJEY store at the Lido Marina Village in Orange County is open - Photos coming soon. 

Gut renovation of a loft space in a historic cast iron building in Chinatown. 

Rocking PacMan is a bench about trust, balance, and opposition. Best described as a “love seat see-saw”, it requires at least two people to activate; sitting on opposing ends of the bench, two people rock each other back with their feet like a see-saw.

Honoree for Best in Show: Bklyn Designs, Collective, Wanted, NYCxDesign Awards 2016. 

By enlarging the standard plastic pizza saver to furniture scale, the “Pizza Stool” functions as both a humorous object as well as a bedside table or stool.
The challenge of the piece was to create structural elements necessary for furniture use, while maintaining the simplicity of a tripod stool. 

A new iteration of the “Triangulated” coffee table, this pentagonal table is comprised of 5 identical open faced tetrahedron. Held together with brass barrel bolts, the unit can be disassembled and nested for compact shipping.

Images here show a grey stained bamboo plywood, and a raw birch plywood. 

Two apartments were combined to make a new apartment duplex for one family in this Carroll Gardens building. The kitchen is opened to the dining and living room. A double height space connects the two floors through a new stair. 

Making Works is a branch of studio ai architects dedicated to the design and fabrication of object, furniture and installations. The shop located at Industry City, the new design and manufacturing center located facing the waterfront in Sunset Park Brooklyn, is lead by furniture designer Louis Lim. The 5,000sf shop space is shared with designer Matthias Pliessnig. 

Brownstone renovation in Carroll Gardens in Brooklyn. Although all the existing original details have been kept and restored, it is basically a gut renovation. The kitchen was relocated to the Parlor level to become the center of the house and connect directly with the living/dining room. A new balcony extension opens up the kitchen to the backyard through steel french doors. At the Garden level a new enlarge opening creates a new winter garden extending into the landscaped backyard. 

Custom bench designed and fabricated by Louis Lim becomes the center piece in the lobby of a Washington DC luxury condominium designed by the Rockwell Group. 

This development re-investigates the urban space of the typical Buenos Aires block and in the process of design, created a new building typology that takes the row-house that opens to the street and inverted it. The increased density in half the lot allows an inner-street, turning the focus away from the busy street into a private interior corridor. The design also nestles smaller units into the forms of larger one, creating open larger living areas with soaring ceiling, while still maximizing building area. 

This is the second location within 2 blocks in Tribeca that we designed for Reade Street Prep, a 2-yr to 5-yr olds pre-school and pre-K. Our collaboration with Reade Street Prep is a design relationship that explored every aspect of how the kids will use and experience the classrooms and making this not just another preschool.
We took care of all things great and small, from the elephant silhouette toilet partitions, to the “forest playground”, and all the way to the sprinklers and smoke detectors. 

Gut renovation of 1,200sf loft in Tribeca. A former gloomy two-bedroom apartment was converted into an airy and bright one-bedroom apartment with custom sliding steel partition, bathroom and walk-in closet. 

We started off this project thinking about floating shelves and planks. As this unit is situated outside the kids room of the apartment, we knew that it had to be load bearing and not just decorative. As a result, we designed and fabricated a hollow triangular extrusion as the shelves. Using 3/8” plywood for the shelves, glued to a 1/2” backing, we could ensure a stable connection as well as create the illusion of shelves floating off the wall. Additionally, different colors painted on the inside of the shelves added a playfulness for the kids.

 

This table is made of solid ash with photo-etched steel legs. Our client needed a dining table but also a separation between the kitchen and the living room in a small apartment. By utilizing an existing column, we were able to maximize the space as well as create a unique custom built-in piece.

Designed and fabricated in house. Metal work by Nine Stories Furniture 

This is the first location in the US for the Belgian luxury brand Sarah Pacini. The intent of the design for this 4,000sf flagship store concept is to reflect Sarah Pacini’s design philosophy by showcasing the savoir-faire of the crafts men involved in this project: Belgian custom cement floor finishing, Canadian millwork, Italian metalwork. The result is a soft industrial feel with exposed ceilings and minimalistic raw steel and blackened wood millwork. The flooring unifies these elements through a monolithic charcoal epoxy pour artistically installed by a Belgian based company. 

Round & Round is a circular communal bench and storage unit that is balanced on one single line. 

It was created as part of the 12x12NYC exhibit at Wanted Design 2012. It is made from a salvaged 6x6 heart pine beams.

The circular bench appears to be a solid mass of wood, but reveals itself to be storage unit containing a continuous hidden drawer. 

Round & Round is a flat pack construction, with the main shell comprising of 6 separate panels. the drawers subsequently break up into four smaller components allowing for ease of transportation.

Dimensions: 88"Radius x 14"Height

We were asked by Creme Design to fabricate a bathtub out of salvaged redwood from a water tank. The initial concept was to use a finger joint box construction by first laminating walls, then assembling on site; the idea being that the water would swell the joints and provide a tight seal. Though the water tank redwood was idea both practically and conceptually, we quickly realized that unlike a water tank, the moisture level would fluctuate and we would loose the water tight joint. As a result, we fabricated layer by layer, gluing individual frames to ensure every connection was properly sealed. We then used the leftovers to layout a decking style floor. 

Our second menu sign for Creme Design. Under Creme’s direction, we produced a light box that utilized the Lite Brite toy pegs as the material for the typeface. Each peg was glued to a steel perforated panel, backed by black foam core. We also integrated an acrylic panel at the bottom as a dry erase board for daily specials.

 

Embracing Amsterdam’s symbiotic relationship with water, our proposal seeks to bring about interaction with the Amstel on a more intimate level where the water becomes an experience for the user, not merely an object to cross over. By floating the bridge at water level and allowing a thin sheet of water to pass over it, we leave the site’s beauty intact while creating the illusion of walking on water.

Designed as an encounter with the canal, the floating bridge captures a beautiful and fleeting quality of a calm, rainy day, where one is biking slowly through shallow puddles while little kids stomp in their rain boots and the sky’s reflection is caught in glassy surfaces.

The canal’s edge approaching the bridge is carved into steps, inviting lingering strolls and pauses. Gateways mark the otherwise invisible crossing while sheltering a cafe and a bike shop. With a hinged midsection, the bridge opens to allow boats and barges to pass.

We are not designing a bridge, as much as an interaction with the water. The bridge provides a new kind of passage over the Amstel, one with just a touch of magic.

THE MEMORIAL
The act of memorializing the AIDS epidemic with a physical gesture goes beyond remembering and honoring the dead. AIDS is not a war, nor a disease conquered. There are no definite dates or victims. In our design process, we emphasize the changing and varied ways through which AIDS affects us personally and as a society. It is important to create a space that conveys our sense of solemn respect, remembrance and loss, without resorting to symbolism around a date, image, or names.

THE PARK INSIDE
An infinite forest, generated by having 3 facing mirror walls along each side of the triangular block, defines the park and the memorial. There are no separate statues, sculptures or plaques. The memorial lives within the infinite reflection of the white birch trees. We hope this park will be all things to all people: the children playing in the bounds of the mirrored forest, the weary commuter seeking a respite in the midst of the city and those visitors coming in memory of their loss.

THE IN-BETWEEN CENTER
The walls isolating the park from the city act as light wells and access to the Learning Center below. By bringing sunlight into the basement via skylights, the raw utilitarian space can be transformed into a welcoming and open area for exhibition, learning and performance. The walls also taper in width, housing stairs and ramps. The main entrance is located along Seventh Avenue, continuing the now lost storefront and bringing pedestrian activity to the street through the inclusion of a bookstore and café.

THE OUTSIDE
Along the sidewalks, three walls clad in slate create a forum for the voice of many. Through an ephemeral nod to the chain link fence at Greenwich and 11th Street, visitors are able to give life to the stone walls through messages and images written in chalk, creating an ever-changing mural which is refreshed with every rain. 

Working with Creme Design for the first time, we were asked to produce these menu signs for the El Jefe restaurant in California in a very tight time frame. After presenting a few graphic layouts for their approval, we hand rolled acrylic gradients on the backs of 1/2” acrylic panels. The front was then outlined with gold vinyl to create a depth in the typography. After two days of hand painting, we pushed it out in time for the opening. 

This 16’ long bench was made from two planks of American Walnut. Dovetail joints secure the seat to the legs. We used a foxtail through mortise to expose the structural beam beneath the seat, as well as to keep the legs from racking out of the dovetails.

Designed and fabricated in-house. 

Union Square Laser Dermatology is located in a state-of-the-art 9,000 square foot full-floor facility, in a landmark building in the heart of Union Square. The design is a stylish, loft-like space with treetop views of Union Square Park. 

This was a king size bed we custom built in our shop. All rails and frames were made from walnut. Ash slats were used for the main bed base. 

In an intimate setting inspired by Jean Michel loft in Soho, the 1,500 sq. ft. store is his first retail store in New York. The store is organized around a limestone fire place, with low storage on the side and a gold leaf framed display wall in the back. Using simple materials and textures, and with the addition of Jean-Michel Cazabat signature colors Bleu Napoleon for the entry wall and Rouge Taureau for the furniture, the design of the store creates a discreet and comfortable place for the display of his shoe collection. 

Four irregular tetrahedrons are created from splined cedar planks. The modules are held together with a japanese style wedge fastening system. Designed and Built by Louis Lim. 

2,300 square foot retail space in the heart of New York City’s fashion forward Soho neighborhood will reflect the glamour, edginess and originality of the shoes and accessories that are always at the base of the philosophy of the brand. With high ceilings, plaster walls and a mix of wood and metal displays and furniture, the New York flagship store’s modern, architectural design allows customers to focus on the product. 

Completed in late 2010, this corner terrace house was demolished to the structural elements and extensively renovated. The entire bulk of the existing footprint was cladded with wood louvers to provide privacy, shading and to minimize the visual chaos of the existing structure. A back extension is marked by a solid form with round windows. The project also allows for large parts of the living area to be completely open to the elements to make full use of the year-round summer weather of Singapore. 

VPL’s very first flagship store consists of a 800sf retail space inspired by a 1920’s gymnasium.  With the use of hanging manila ropes, stretch bars and exercise rings, the space has a playful spirit with a vintage feel mixed in with some modern elements like the plywood lightbox signage and the Donald Judd inspired cashwrap table. The remaining 1000sf is split into an office space and a showroom in the back.

Photos by Timo Kuhn 

This is our second project working with the French high end casual wear brand Zadig & Voltaire. The new store, that opened in June 2010, is their second New York store located in the heart of SoHo on Mercer Street.

The store design consists of Zadig & Voltaire’s signature style, featuring series of polished white lacquer millwork display units and collages of graphic images, within a raw New York loft style backdrop with exposed brick perimeter walls, exposed ductwork and track lighting. 

This is a thorough renovation of a loft space in the West Village. The 2200 sf space was completely gutted and redesigned with a contemporary feel. The living/dining/kitchen area which occupy half of the floor plan was designed with exposed brick walls and wood structure in an open plan layout to keep with the loft living concept. The rest of the apartment in the private quarters was designed with materials and colors unique to each rooms. Each rooms have extensive built in millwork for various storage needs to preserve the modern minimalist look. 

Stephen Talasnik’s Stream: A Folded Drawing, commissioned by Storm King Art Center on the occasion of it’s 50th anniversary. A site-specific construction consisting of about 3,000 bamboo poles tied together to form a monumental yet delicate structure some 12 feet high by 90 feet long, which appears to be rolling down the hill on which it is sited. studio a+i in collaboration with Structural Engineer Carlos Soubie provided constructability services.

Photo 1 from stormking.org 

This renovation for the Steven Alan Flagship store in New York gives a facelift to a well loved shopping destination in the TriBeCa neighborhood. The design balances the “found-objects” with selected new, clean displays, all within the context of a flexible retail space with distinct designer wares. 

This is the first store in New York for the frenchy and arty brand Zadig & Voltaire. This high-end store keeping with the design philosophy of all the other ZV stores worldwide is a perfect white box with the feel of an art gallery. All custom millwork, large display areas and oversized center table covered by floating mirror box ceiling are the main features of the design. 

The store, the fourth in the Los Angeles area for Steven Alan, was designed to embrace the SA sprit and maximize the space so that it can serve as a retail store and as the LA area office. The use of everyday objects to fit-out the space allowed us to keep the cost down and allow the sense of casual simplicity to come thru. 

Steven Alan’s first store in Brooklyn was designed with a “guerilla” operation in mind. Simple light fixtures and a canvas backdrop anchors the exposed pipe fittings, keeping the space simple on this busy thoroughfare in Brooklyn. 

The best ideas often happen when there are many design criteria and even more design latitude. With Shilo, we were able to take the conventional ideas of an open workspace and really make an open space without walls. The desk that stretches through the entire space is a true collaborative process at work. The design is a testament to how they work and play. 

In this renovation of the house that was originally designed by and for Ezra Stoller, the clients want to bring back the original spirit of the Stoller House, while at the same time update it for modern living and a growing family. Research into archival photos and a detailed design process with involved clients brought forth a design that allowed the new owners to live in a place of their own, while still respecting the legacy of the Stoller House.

Photos by Timo Kuhn 

This is a thorough renovation of a loft space in Tribeca. Design features included updating of an old kitchen to a modern open plan kitchen with a large marble countertop island and an oversized walnut sliding door to open and close off the master bedroom to the living space, maintaining the spirit of the open loft plan with clean modern elements. 

With the opening his first store in 1994, Steven Alan quickly became known not only for the emergence of the casual cool world of shirting, but also his special finds and curated pieces from up and coming designers. Recognizing the need to assist those emerging designers in navigating the build out of their wholesale business while continuing to nurture and preserve the brand itself, the Steven Alan Showroom was launched in 1997.
Occupying 6,000sf over two floors, the showroom is designed to be a flexible space to be easily adjustable to the design seasons and at the same time in tune with the design aesthetic of Steven Alan branding: simple raw materials, clever solutions and downtown loft bourgeois-boheme feel. The program includes accessories / shoes / jewelry display, women’s showroom, mens and kids showroom. The result is a cool and unpretentious space, quintessential Steven Alan. 

How to create a fresh new look to the old fashion dairy store experience? Combining retail, take-out and bar seating, the design embraces the idea of organic dairy product from upstate New York using recycled materials from the farm and making it accessible to all ages. Designed with Ronnybrook Milk Bar owner and graphic designer Mark Sarosi.

Photos by: Fran Roberts 

Located in Tribeca, this wine showroom had to accommodate both a large display of premium wines, as well as function as a wine tasting event space. By creating a movable office box in the center, the design allows the display and event space to vary in size depending on the store’s needs.

Photos by Timo Kuhn 

This small multi-family building houses three generation of the same family under one roof. The owners wanted to have a distinct design from the standard wood frame-siding houses in the neighborhood within a limited budget. Under the constraints of zoning rules, the two houses maximizes allowable building area while allowing distinct apartment for each nuclear family in their large extended lives. 

The Robbins Elementary School is situated in one of poorest sections of a once vibrant city. The old stately building is not only overcrowded but scarred after years vandalism and fences and bars have been erected to fortify the school against the neighborhood. The proposed design more than doubles the classroom areas all in one floor in the existing carpark and playground and creates a new elevated playground area on the roof, eliminating the need for ugly fencing and security features. 

This interior renovation provided a much needed update for both the gallery functions and the living quarters in this landmarked Soho loft. 

The design of a waterfront museum is also part of the larger context of integrating the waterfront into part of the city’s new expansion of cultural and recreational use in what used to be a port and industrial neighborhood. The proposal museum is a series of open/closed boxes connected both by outdoor and indoor pathways, creating a cultural space that becomes part of the surrounding park, unhindered by the physical constraints of the usual art-in-box museum setting. 

This house is designed to be built by local tradesmen by using local
 materials and the simplest construction methods, at the same time it responds to a unique site and program with a minimalist design. 

Competition entry for the New England Biolab 150,000sf headquarter. In order to minimize the building foot print and reduce the impact of the new building in this beautiful site, the design intent was to create a linear extrusion with a series of labs, offices and public space following the natural curve of the landscape. Raised above the grounds it shelters the staff parking and the loading dock, and at the same time is low enough as to not obstruct the views from the existing Main Mansion. A bridge becoming a tunnel connects to the existing Main Mansion. 

California housing trends are headed towards disaster with increasing water scarcity, tillable land scarcity, farmland scarcity and influx of residents. This study looks at the problem from a larger context, investigating the use of marginal farmland for use, and creating a new density to support public transportation. On the micro level, the design uses the most abundant parts of California – sunshine and dirt – to create the housing units that are low in ecological footprint. 

 

Location:
Brooklyn, NY

Date of Competition:
March, 2017

With:
Natalya Kashper / dub studios & Siddhartha Mukherjee

Contractor:
Concept Inc. (Laszlo & Viktor Kovacs)

Tadelakt & CIP Concrete counter:
Studio Hoon Kim

Custom bathroom panels:
Making Works / Louis Lim

Cast Iron columns restoration:
See.Painting, Inc

Brick special finish:
Kamp Studios