May 7, 2020

General Assembly Designs Upper West Side Apartment for Art Enthusiasts

The kitchen millwork is oak with a dark stain offset by natural white oak flooring. Light fixtures are by Allied Maker, the wallcovering is Fayce Textiles, and the entry bench is from AnotherCountry. Space Theory designed the kitchen. Photography by Matthew Williams.

Husband and wife James Rasulo and Talia Kasher—whose father is the renowned gallerist Steven Kasher and whose mother is a multi-media artist—trusted Sarah Zames, founder of Brooklyn-based interior design studio General Assembly, to vertically combine two stacked pre-war apartments of approximately 1,000 square feet each into a single home for their small family.

“In order to take advantage of the natural light, we chose to keep the sleeping spaces in the darker lower level and living spaces on the brighter upper floor,” Zames says. “We removed the majority of the walls on the top level to have as much light as possible and we define the spaces by contrasting the neutral architecture with strong color accents and textures such as the blackened steel railing, black and white entry tile, dark oak kitchen and living room rug to create points of interest.”

In addition to the furniture and lighting by Resident, BluDot, NORR11, Nanimarquina, and Allied Maker—among others—a selection of photography, which was sourced from the Steven Kasher Gallery, adorns this open apartment with a lofty aesthetic and feel.

The dining area features a blackened oak table with In Between Dining Chairs from &Tradition and an Allied Maker light fixture. Above a custom oak sideboard are prints from the Steven Kasher Gallery. Photography by Matthew Williams.
Shown here is the living space with a custom rug by Nanimarquina, with the Elephant Lounge chair by NORR11 in oak and leather. The coffee tables are from BluDot and the sofa is from CB2Photography by Matthew Williams.
The office features a customizable shelving system by String, a classic Jens Risom desk, and an Isabella Chair by ResidentPhotography by Matthew Williams.
In the bathroom, the fixtures are from the collection Terra by Graff. Photography by Matthew Williams.
In the bedroom, the sconce is from Cedar & Moss Fjord Spot and the wallpaper is Rebecca Atwood Ocean Fog. Photography by Matthew Williams.
The kitchen features light fixtures by Allied Maker, Tangerine Stools by Resident, blackened steel railing with natural oak cap, blackened steel and glass partition, dark stained oak kitchen cabinets and entry wall covering by Fayce TextilesPhotography by Matthew Williams.
In the hallway, Nanimarquina Runner, Menu Meet Bench, Photo print by Wingate Paine, sourced from the Steven Kasher GalleryPhotography by Matthew Williams.

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