“We’ll simply repair it up slightly bit.” That’s what Ashley Stark Kenner thought when she and husband Nick, founder and CEO of Simply Salad, purchased a city home on New York’s Higher East Aspect to make room for his or her rising household. The landmarked Nineteenth-century constructing had quite a bit going for it—beneficiant dimensions, a deep yard, and, a rarity amongst city homes, a lot of mild. However at their first assembly with New York–primarily based Lichten Architects, discuss rapidly shifted to “intestine renovation.”
“The façade was the one factor that stayed,” Kenner says now, three years later. “For some time, we didn’t have a roof. We didn’t have a ground. We dug out the basement, we added a prime ground, we added terraces. If I confirmed you the earlier than and after, you’d be like, ‘What?’”
Because the senior vice chairman of design and artistic director on the eight-decades-old textile titan Stark, she knew precisely what she wished. And with a completely clear slate, she didn’t must compromise. “I had a imaginative and prescient, and I caught with it,” says Kenner, calling her aesthetic “laid-back, natural, beachy, slightly bit French.”
Working carefully with Kenner, architects Andrew Friedman and Kevin Lichten created a ground plan that functioned for household life and, as Friedman explains, “felt loftlike and trendy however nonetheless like a standard city home.” That sensibility prolonged to the decor, spearheaded by New York agency Aman & Meeks (with a heavy hand from Kenner herself). —Hannah Martin
When two born-and-bred West Coasters relocated to New York, their objective was to convey the sunny ambiance of a life lived near the Pacific together with them. To stave off homesickness and keep true to their roots, they turned to New York–primarily based designer Younger Huh to inject breezy California vibes into one of the crucial unlikely of locations: a high-rise towering over certainly one of Manhattan’s most prized locales—Central Park. “For the reason that shoppers have been relocating, they requested that I preserve the design very mild, shiny, and ethereal,” Huh says of the couple, who moved with the intention to accommodate the husband’s job in finance.” The tip consequence? A good-looking Park Avenue pad that completely blends California spirit with a dose of New York drama.