#15 – James & Margaret’s Iconic Studio
Name: James & Margaret
Location: New York, NY
Size: 565 sf Studio
Marcel Breuer, Alvar Aalto, hardware stores, the Internet
What inspired you?
If you are dealing with a singe space, define zones of activity with rugs, furniture, screens, etc. The space will feel purposeful rather than unfinished.
The main feature of the studio is the new wood wall. This wall, while visually appealing, serves a multitude of functions. First, the wall defines a formal dining area adjacent to the kitchen. The plane of the wall at this face creates seating at its base and a canopy for pendant light fixtures at the top, solving the problem of placing ceiling mounted fixtures in a concrete slab. On the opposite side, the wall provides a warm and secluded area for the couple’s bed. Since the studio provides only one wall of windows, constructing a fully enclosed bedroom was not feasible. Additional storage is provided within the bench on this side as well as within the cantilevered nightstands on the headboard side.
The wall’s framework is plywood and was cut with a CNC router. The 3/8″ thick walnut wood was bought in random width bulk packs and cut down to slats ranging form 1 ¼” to 2 ½” depending on the efficiency of each piece. The slats were then placed on the framework over a series of long weekends and finished with a natural stain.