Here’s a story that doesn’t, at first glance, look like a storage story at all. In fact, when I first saw the photos of the bright apartment in New York City’s West Chelsea neighborhood (coincidentally, not too far from my own place), it seemed like a renovation story: When two Israeli-born architects, Noam Dvir and Daniel Rauchwerger of BoND, acquired the circa-1910, 520-square-foot apartment, it was situated like a typical cramped New York flat, with a railroad layout and a walled-off kitchen and bathroom in the center of the apartment that didn’t get any light. They transformed it by relocating the kitchen and bathroom along one wall, and added high/low design elements: custom marble and a sheet of stainless steel made at a workshop in Chinatown, tall glass partition walls and a hacked Ikea kitchen.
Then I emailed the architects, and they pulled back the curtain—or rather opened the cabinets—with gifs that revealed just how much storage they’d fit in (see below). Turns out, the apartment exemplifies the best kind of organization: interiors so simple, quiet, and artful that you don’t know how much ingenious storage is just beneath the quiet surface. Take a look.
Photography by Eric Petschek.
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