Michael Moeller's Bachelor Pad Project in the Sky

Michael Moeller's Bachelor Pad Project in the Sky

Beth Bates
May 17, 2012

Name: Michael Moeller Design
Location: West Village, New York City
Size: 1,241 square feet
Years lived in: 1.5 years

Michael Moeller first caught our attention as an incredibly talented finalist on Season 5 of HGTV's Design Star. He later co-hosted his own show on the Style Network with fellow design star Nina Ferrer. Michael currently continues to design extraordinary bachelor pads and other spaces all over New York. Today, we're sharing one of his most recent bachelor pad projects at the Archives Building in New York City's West Village.

After stepping out of the elevators onto the Penthouse level of the Archives, it's evident these spaces are unique. You leave the vestibule and walk outside to a maze of exterior corridors. Each apartment having an entrance off these wandering outdoor halls leaves you with the impression that this is a "condo complex" residing high above the streets of New York. Its industrial materials make it feel as if it could be composed of shipping containers. 

When entering the apartment, the ceilings are low, but your perspective is drawn deep into the apartment with a peek into the double height living space. Every space is compartmentalized, filling its appropriate box, stacking on top of one another, to complete a cube of habitable space. The blocky minimal architectural details left a pretty malleable backdrop to work with.

The client, being a young, successful gentleman, was eager to settle into his space. This was truly his first "grown up" apartment, so he wanted to really make it his home. Michael guided him through the design process, encouraging him to invest appropriately in furnishings he would take with him for years to come. His client's love for photography and his Texas roots inspired Michael to hunt out the perfect spots for his photography to hang, find vintage cameras to adorn bookshelves, and scatter about hides and taxidermy. The client's taste for vintage industrial elements, stately character, and contextual throwbacks to New York was easy for Michael to work with. The biggest challenges were the odd layout of the space and vast ceiling heights, especially considering the place is a rental. 

To this end, Michael used bookcases, a full height mirror, robust light fixtures, and large scale artwork lined up along a common elevation line to give the room a sense of scale. Michael also used bar height furniture in the dining area to account for the odd proportion. The large scale framed upholstered panels with exploded patterns make a big impression, as they can be viewed from almost every room in the apartment. The panels not only act as art to distract the eye from the tall, narrow elevations, but also contribute greatly to the acoustic issues, as they absorb a large amount of sound. 

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Client's Style: A comfortable bachelor pad that would grow with him for years to come

Inspiration: My client's southern roots (his friends call him Tex for goodness' sake!) and his great photography.

Favorite Element: The antique marble top coffee table with lion paw feet — such a find, and also the biggest indulgence.

Biggest Challenge: Vast ceilings and odd layout

What Friends Say: Ooo la la.

Biggest Embarrassment: When I got a text from him the day after the shoot that one of the upholstered panels "exploded" off the wall...

Proudest DIY: Framed upholstered panels (though I did get a little help from Dan Faires...)

Dream Sources: Milan Furniture Fair, Paris Flea

Resources of Note:

LR Ben Moore Shaker Beige HC-45
Kitchen Ben Moore Ashley Gray HC-87
Bedroom Ben Moore Valley Forge Tan AC-35

Desk: Mitchell Gold Bob Williams
Desk Chair: Restoration Hardware

Bookcases: Theodore Alexandar
Rug: Safavieh
Sofa: Restoration Hardware

Bar: Custom by Dan Faires's Capsule Furniture
Industrial Table and chairs: Lillian August

Bed: Blu Dot
Bedside tables: Redthreads
Bedside lamps: White on White

Kitchen Lighting: Vintage from Hiden Galleries

Accessories: West Elm and Vintage

Thanks, Michael!



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