Highline Apartment by Juan J. Carretero

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Architect & Designer: Juan J. Carretero of Carretero Design
Location: Chelsea — New York, New York

With the Highline just steps away, the interior of this Chelsea apartment was re-imagined and re-designed by Juan Carretero to take full advantage of the city views and natural light.

The apartment itself was at most an above-average city apartment; just one of many that had been erected in the latest construction boom. The sunsets and the twinkling lights of the flowing water in the river were my first inspirational puzzle-parts but then, as I started re-visiting the apartment at different times of the day, I noticed that the rays washing the white sheetrock walls had a different hue every time. I knew then I had to avoid using highly saturated colors that would only ruin these magical moments. Instead, I had to fold-in this magical light and use it as my backdrop.
The design premise was to inject much needed personality into the space and to use the different shades of grays and light blues into his palette of choice. The clients and I agreed that the combination of objet trouvé, antiques and comfortable and luxurious furniture would be the right approach.
I often scour the streets of my beloved-antiques filled town of Hudson in the mid-Hudson Valley looking for that special piece. I d like to think of my trademark as an eclectic approach to spaces that combine the old and the new; I am passionate about art and fine furniture. I like my rooms to evoke a bohemian-yet-refined aura.
By proposing to turn the original 2 bedroom layout into a one bedroom pad with much more generous living quarters the apartment had to go through a much more ambitious construction schedule than initially conceived. This would involve all sorts of city permits and the like — a constant nightmare for everyone attempting to redo anything in NYC. The move-in day of the new owner however was inflexible and all it had to be done and ready within 2 months from day one.
Unforeseen events are inevitable however, like the day they brought into the building the neo Gothic window I purchased in Hudson from an architectural salvage dealer. It was so heavy that it took five guys to carry it just a few steps from the truck to the lobby. It had been measured and it seemed as if it would be fine to go through the service elevator but by only one inch it didn’t. These are the times when you hoped you had a nine to five job in an office building like everyone else. As it happens with these things, we had to get creative and eventually, after a very long sweaty summer day, the window was mounted on the wall and it was fabulous in every single way.
When you start unpacking and placing all the other elements you had found, selected, discussed and purchased and you see it all together, you know its your real pay-day, everything was so worth it.

Thanks Juan!

Images: Jacob Sadrak

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