Greenwich Village Townhouse

New York
Breakfast Area
Photo © Andrew Garn
Kitchen
Photo © Andrew Gam
Kitchen
Photo © Andrew Gam
Garden
Photo © Andrew Gam
Living Area
Photo © Annie Schlecter
Dining Room
Photo © Annie Schlecter
Dining Room
Photo © Annie Schlecter
Lounge
Photo © Andrew Gam
Master Bathroom
Photo © Annie Schlecter
Guest Bedroom
Photo © Annie Schlecter
Architects
Axis Mundi
Location
New York
Year
2007
Cost
1M - 100M
Stories
1-5 Stories


"Revival” implies a retread of an old idea—not our interests at Axis Mundi. So when renovating an 1840s Greek Revival brownstone, subversion was on our minds. The landmarked exterior remains unchanged, as does the residence’s unalterable 19-foot width. Inside, however, a pristine white space forms a backdrop for art by Warhol, Basquiat and Haring, as well as intriguing furnishings drawn from the continuum of modern design—pieces by Dalí and Gaudí, Patrick Naggar and Poltrona Frau, Armani and Versace. The architectural envelope references iconic 20th-century figures and genres: Jean Prouvé-like shutters in the kitchen, an industrial-chic bronze staircase and a ground-floor screen employing cast glass salvaged from Gio Ponti’s 1950s design for Alitalia’s Fifth Avenue showroom (paired with mercury mirror and set within a bronze grid). Unable to resist a bit of our usual wit, Greek allusions appear in a dining room fireplace that reimagines classicism in a contemporary fashion and lampshades that slyly recall the drapery of Greek sculpture.

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