In this Crown Heights brownstone, spaces are defined by built-in graphic millwork compositions and vivid three-dimensional color treatments punctuated by skylights, fireplaces and bold lighting choices sourced from Innermost Lighting, a company known for unique contemporary fixtures. Custom pieces are balanced by budget choices and new elements are combined with original woodwork throughout the project. The entry vestibule is lined in orange-yellow tiles from Brothers Cement Tile with the original inner door rehung and painted a deep gray. In the parlor, original leaded glass cabinetry doors are mounted on new cabinet boxes to flank the gas fireplace. The existing stairwell was widened on the second floor to allow light from the large sculptural skylight to filter down to the dining room. A sky-blue wall-ceiling treatment provides a backdrop for the table and conceals the Calico wallpaper-lined powder room.
Ikea boxes with site-fabricated gray and white painted doors comprise the kitchen and bar and are intermixed with walnut cabinetry to line the side walls of the den. The windowed back wall overlooks a lush garden and is lit overhead by a large skylight. Upstairs, a gray-blue painted surround creates an outsized headboard in the master bedroom, which looks out onto a planted roof deck. The master bathroom features an antique gray stone slab, Waterworks fixtures, and a custom walnut vanity along with inexpensive subway wall tiles and porcelain floor tiles from Classic Tile. The custom L-shaped blue and walnut bookshelf and desk in the study frames a view to the street.
About BFDO Architects
BFDO Architects PLLC is an award-winning multidisciplinary practice based in New York with a focus on exploring spatial and material practices that adapt to the evolving relationships between inhabitants and the built environment.
BFDO has worked in the public and private sector on a range of projects that include ground-up private residences, interiors, and institutional and retail projects in the New York area, regionally, and internationally. The firm has engaged with a range of private and corporate clients including The Hudson Companies and Trinity Real Estate as well as developers for residential units in Inner Mongolia, China.
Recent professional awards include AIA New York and AIA Brooklyn Queens Design Award Certificates of Merit for the Maple Street School. A speculative project, Chromatic Energy Landscape, was a finalist in the Land Art Generator Initiative and received an honorable mention in the Architizer A+ Awards.
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