Brightening Up a Manhattan Condo with Patterned Tile and Built-In Storage

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Project by: Zach Rockhill for Hatchet Design Build
Location: NoHo — Manhattan, New York

The team for Hatchet Design Build worked with their client, Marika, to turn her apartment into a light-filled and texturally interesting space. With stained floors, envy-inducing tile and stylish yet inviting furnishings, the space surprises us by playing with our expectations of what a historic New York condo should look like.

From the Hatchet Team: When fashion exec Marika Wagle bought her Silk building condo in NoHo, she loved its history, and of course its location, but wanted to brighten up the space and bring in her own artistic style. Marika collaborated with our Brooklyn based firm, Hatchet Design Build, to craft a unique set of built-ins throughout the space and exchange dark features like the floors with lighter finishes, flipping the ho-hum kitchen and baths into focal points by adding bold contrasting patterns and adding modern light fixtures to finish off the space.

The one-bedroom, two-bath duplex had its main spaces opened through a reorientation of the kitchen’s storage. The dark oak floors were stripped of their stain and pickled to a matte bleached finish throughout the two story floor plan. Hatchet’s custom shop replaced the cabinets and built in storage with a more efficient bank wall of closets in the living room.

For the kitchen, the cabinets were replaced with custom millwork and a new island, replacing upper cabinets with an open shelving unit to maximize visibility of her new concrete encaustic tile, featuring geometric patterns from the Cement Tile Shop’s Pacific Collection. New appliances and features were also brought in, including a Volterra hood above the stove and a drop-in farm sink. In the master bath a custom drop in tub with a stone face was added for deep soaking and more geometric tiles from the Cement Tile Shop. The Master bedroom also got a custom feature, a built in bed and shelves that give the space a cozy contemporary look. Marika’s art collection and the brass Sazerac Stitches chandeliers are the finishing touches which complete the modern renovation in the historic warehouse building.

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