Mich's Mid-Century Modern High-Rise in the Desert

Mich's Mid-Century Modern High-Rise in the Desert

Chad Schroer
Jan 19, 2012

Name: Mich Lyon
Location: Downtown Phoenix, Arizona
Size: One bedroom, 1.5 bath, 1450 sq. ft
Years lived in: 1.5 year to remodel and have lived in 6 months

When Mich left the bright lights (and late nights) of New York City three years ago to return to his home state of Arizona, he wanted to find a place which would still have that big city feel while also showcasing the beauty of the Phoenix skyline and desert. A downtown high-rise was the only answer!

Maybe not a high-rise by New York standards, but a high-rise it would be nonetheless! After months of searching, Mich happened upon a classic (i.e. never renovated) two bedroom condo on the 19th floor of a pristine 22 floor, 1964 building in downtown Phoenix. 18 months later, this 2 bedroom was transformed into a huge 1 bedroom bachelor pad. Renovated from head to toe, Mich oversaw the installation of glazed ceramic tile flooring, a modern kitchen with stainless appliances and poured concrete countertops, huge sliding glass doors to frame the desert sunsets and loads of custom cabinetry to display his growing collections of antique German TV towers, Metlox Poppytrail dishware and bronze statues and trophies.

Apartment Therapy Survey
How would you define your style? The background is mid-century modern with Empire accents (bronze dore urns, Louis Vuitton, riding boots and etchings)
What is your greatest inspiration? My friend (and Apartment Therapy contributor) Chad
What is your favorite element of your home? Loft style, great views, space for collections
What is the biggest challenge of your home? As a high-rise apartment, the plumbing configuration could not be altered
What do friends say about your home? It's like sitting in MOMA
What is your home's biggest embarrassment? Ha! The greatest potential embarrassment...glass walls in the toilet & shower
What DIY project are you most proud of? DIY, what does that mean?
What is your biggest indulgence, when furnishing your home? The new front door . . . it cost a fortune, but changes the mood of the building as you enter the space
Best Advice: "Calm down, it can be fixed"
Dream Source: 1stdibs.com
Other Inspiration: Apartment Therapy of course!

Architect: Daniel Saari, Office of Desert Architecture
Appliances: Sub-Zero / Wolf
Porcelain: TOTO / Laufen
Cabinets: C&F Cabinets (Scottsdale)
Furniture: Craig's List, IKEA, and Louis Vuitton (tables)
Accessories: Ebay, 1stdibs.com
Lighting: Green Sparkys
Rugs and Carpets: Fab.com (living room), Warhol (master bedroom)
Window Treatments: Electric Blinds
Bed: Tempur-Pedic
Artwork: James Angel, Brent Bond, Brian Kappel
Paint: Dunn Edwards
Flooring: Grey ceramic tile, 12x24

With space to stretch and views for miles, leaving New York behind has proven easier for Mich than expected. And with the METRO light rail just outside the building's front door, it's just a quick "subway" ride for Mich to get to Arizona State University where he is pursuing a Ph.D. in Urban Planning. On behalf of AT, please accept our honorary doctorate in good design!

Thanks Mich!

(Images: Chad Schroer)

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