a light-filled living room with a curved white sofa and red arm chairs.
Photography by Thomas Loof; styling by Mieke Ten Have.

From Manhattan to Brooklyn, These Standout Designs Rule the Residential Roost

Across New York City, these bold and contemporary spaces showcase the latest in modern residential interior design.

AMMOR Architecture

Four-bedroom triplex

Gramercy Park

Through a gut renovation that rationalized the circulation and layout of the three-level apartment, architects Goil Amornvivat and Thomas Morbitzer not only found space for two more bedrooms but also created a light and airy family home featuring rift-sawn oak built-ins—including ample storage, desking, and an open-tread stair—and a primary bedroom suite with its own terrace.

Watch Ammor Architecture’s Walkthrough of the Renovation Process

Only If Architecture

Two-bedroom town house

Bedford Stuyvesant

Sitting on a lot less than 14 feet wide, the three-level residence, dubbed the Narrow House, comprises two lateral walls and glazed end facades enclosing an open volume in which co-principals Karolina Czeczek and Adam Frampton use a split-level section to create distinct spaces—the exception being a central plywood volume containing two bathrooms, closets, and pocket doors for privacy.

Worrell Yeung

Three-bedroom apartment

Upper West Side

By removing walls and reconfiguring the layout, co-principals Max Worrell and Jejon Yeung modernized the prewar classic six, transforming it into a more open, light-filled home in which clean, minimalist spaces boasting new oak flooring are populated with built-ins, a mix of Scandinavian and American furniture, and restored historical details that preserve the residence’s original charm without compro­mising its 21st-century spirit.

Sara Story Design

Three-bedroom apartment

Madison Square Park

From the moody indigo entry hall framing a large Chuck Close self-portrait, vibrant color and show-stopping contemporary art establish a dialog that’s repeated throughout the designer’s concept for this aerie, reaching its peak in the living room, where an Yves Klein blue cocktail table and pink Osvaldo Borsani armchairs are juxtaposed with vivid works by Chun Kwang Young, Frank Thiel, and others.

The New Design Project

Four-bedroom penthouse

Brooklyn Heights

Faced with a new-build condo­mi­nium apartment and no distinctive architec­tural features, creative director Fanny Abbes infused the blank canvas with character by adding traditional elements, such as a custom marble fireplace, crown moldings, and pat­terned wallpaper, which she balanced with a more modern vibe generated by up-to-the-minute furniture, finishes, and works of art.

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