A Small Brooklyn Rental Was Inspired by Barragan and Baughman

published Oct 30, 2023

A Small Brooklyn Rental Was Inspired by Barragan and Baughman

published Oct 30, 2023
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“After living in New York City for more than a decade, I think this is the first apartment that my partner and I can truly call home,” begins designer Dariel Ruiz-Alvarez, who shares this 750-square-foot apartment with his partner, Mason Nabors. “It took us endless nights scrolling on Streeteasy until we randomly stumbled upon the listing and applied right away. Honestly, we didn’t think we were going to get it because of how competitive the rental market in NYC has been for the past two years, but somehow it worked out.” 

“From the moment we signed the lease, we knew that we wanted to create a space where we could both feel comfortable and at ease for a couple of years, and escape from the hectic environment of the city,” Ruiz-Alvarez continues. “We were lucky enough to find a place that is bigger than our last one and has south-facing floor-to-ceiling windows, which allows us to enjoy the beautiful greenery of Ditmas Park and the seasonal changes.” 

“The amount of natural light that filters in is definitely one of the best qualities of the apartment. It evokes a sense of serenity while transforming each room throughout the day.” 

“When designing the spaces, we were heavily influenced by one of our recent trips to Mexico City, where we experienced the incredible architecture of Luis Barragan,” he explains. “Additionally, we took some modernist cues from American designer Milo Baughman, and also Scandinavian design. This blend of styles resulted in a warm and neutral palette with rich wood tones like teak and cherry; natural textures like sisal, rattan and linen; and white marble stones juxtaposed with polished chrome accents.” 



  • Room — Benjamin Moore “Decorator’s White CC-20”


  • Shelter sofa — West Elm
  • Vintage Martin Visser wicker & chrome cantilever lounge chair — Galleria Miami
  • Coffee table stone top — Stone Quartz LLC
  • Coffee table base — Etsy
  • Akari 10A floor lamp — Noguchi
  • Bryne jute rug — Lulu & Georgia
  • Art color cloud 8: Go deeper — Jessica Poundstone


  • Character cherry wide plank countertop — Hardwood Lumber Company
  • TL-28R4-4 chrome legs — Mockett
  • Vintage Bruno Mathsson Thonet style bentwood dining chairs — Horseman Antiques 
  • Archive pendant light — Souda
  • Surround vase — Audo
  • Tunes candleholders — Georg Jensen
  • Art color cloud: Are you ready to be surprised — Jessica Poundstone


  • Hackney marble cocktail table — CB2
  • Vintage dining chairs— Folies
  • Pulcina espresso coffee maker — Alessi



Thanks, Dariel!

This tour’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.