October 6–7 is the 10th Annual Open House New York Weekend, when we celebrate the city’s architecture and design by unlocking the Big Apple, allowing New Yorkers and tourists alike free access hundreds of sites, talks, tours, performances, and family activities in neighborhoods throughout the five boroughs. One of the most popular features is Designer’s Open House @ OHNY Weekend, sponsored by Interior Design magazine, when architects and interior designers throw open the doors of their private residences. are the tours of private residences. This year, the lofts of two Designers Collaborative members are included on the tour: Laura Bohn‘s three-bedroom apartment in the West Village (October 6 & 7, 12:00 to 5:00 PM), and Scott Bromley‘s two-bedroom loft in the Garment District (October 6, 12:00 to 4:00 PM). By reservation only at ohny.org. Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll see.
Laura Bohn in the living room of her West Village penthouse apartment, which is part of the Designer’s Open House @ OHNY Weekend, October 6 & 7, 12:00 to 5:00 PM, sponsored by Interior Design magazine.
A view of the dining room and kitchen from the living room in Laura Bohn‘s West Village penthouse loft.
Looking from the living area to the sleeping platform in Scott Bromley‘s Garment District loft apartment, which is also part of the Designer’s Open House @ OHNY Weekend, October 6, 12:00 to 4:00 PM, sponsored by Interior Design magazine.
A 75-foot banquette covered in Sunbrella fabric runs along the front of wall of Scott Bromley‘s loft. The enclosed greenhouse windows were originally an open balcony.
Tangerine may be Pantone’s color of the year, but designing with orange is nothing new to us at American & International Designs, Inc. You may have seen my recent post featuring a New York City apartment kitchen done in orange. I find it to be such a warm and inviting color and love using it in my designs. Many times people relate orange to autumn, which is a shining season for the hue, but used correctly, it becomes a vibrant color across all seasons and year over year. It could take over an entire design or be the finishing pop of color, but orange is very often part of my work.
The warmth of the orange in the background of this family breakfast area offsets the cool blue accent wall and highlights the rich color of the draperies.
Warming up a space from the top down is easy with an orange ceiling. In this kitchen, it creates an eye catching feature that blends in well with the rest of the design.
Orange is great for creating pops of color within a space.
A project by my firm, American & International Designs, was recently featured on Cultivate, a terrific website dedicated to the best modern kitchen ideas. It’s a galley kitchen we did in a New York City apartment building, and though it’s quite small it’s big in eco-friendly features—in fact, the whole high-rise uses 33 percent less water than non-green buildings, thanks to on-site recycling of waste water. A bright and bold color palette gives the kitchen a contemporary, energetic edge. Plus, with a design that’s both functional and aesthetically pleasing, it will stay in style for years to come.
This New York City high-rise apartment galley kitchen by Susan Huckvale Arann was recently featured on the website Cultivate. It has Brazilian Cherry floors and three shades of Benjamin Moore paint: Antique Lace 922; Tucson Red 1300; and Concord Ivory HC-12. Photographs by Atsushi Tomioka
The kitchen features Dornbracht faucets, Pietra Bedonia stone slab countertop, an etched-glass back splash, white-oak and frosted-glass cabinetry, Viking range, and Sub-Zero refrigerator.
The dining area just off the kitchen has great views.