“We’ll simply repair it up somewhat 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 Facet to make room for his or her rising household. The landmarked Nineteenth-century constructing had so much going for it—beneficiant dimensions, a deep yard, and, a rarity amongst city homes, a number of mild. However at their first assembly with New York–primarily based Lichten Architects, speak shortly 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 high 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 inventive director on the eight-decades-old textile titan Stark, she knew precisely what she needed. And with a very clear slate, she didn’t should compromise. “I had a imaginative and prescient, and I caught with it,” says Kenner, calling her aesthetic “laid-back, natural, beachy, somewhat bit French.”
Working intently 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 aim was to carry 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 probably the most unlikely of locations: a high-rise towering over considered one of Manhattan’s most prized locales—Central Park. “For the reason that shoppers have been relocating, they requested that I maintain the design very mild, brilliant, and ethereal,” Huh says of the couple, who moved to be able to accommodate the husband’s job in finance.” The top outcome? A good-looking Park Avenue pad that completely blends California spirit with a dose of New York drama.