Located in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighbourhood, the project is a two-bedroom apartment that spans half of a floor in an early 20th-century building. It was previously occupied by an artist and art handler for the Museum of Modern Art and had not been updated in nearly 40 years. Seafoam green paint coated historic wood pillars and the ceiling was clad in tin tiles.
New York architecture studio Worrell Yeung , overhauled the 204-square-metre apartment which involved stripping back the key features and painting the walls and ceiling white and adding in reclaimed pine wood floors.
Timber columns and beams, cast-iron capitals, and wood timber ceiling joists were left raw and exposed, particularly in the generous living area, to maintain the spirit of the New York artist’s loft.
The studio designed a new kitchen in between two of the pale wooden columns. The island is covered in Ceppo di Gre marble and forms a centrepiece of the open-plan Chelsea Loft. “There was a strong desire to express the island’s ‘object-ness’ by keeping it very elemental in form, yet still arranging the stone planes to invite comfortable congregation with these square stone niches that embed into the wood floor,” said Worrell Yeung co-founder Jejon Yeung.