Chelsea Pied-a-terre

We designed a small apartment for a couple who visit the city regularly for business.  They asked for a pied-à-terre that would allow them to drop their luggage, relax, cook, eat and sleep comfortably for a few days.

We gutted the existing ho-hum one-bedroom apartment, inside an art deco pre-war building, to create a warm interior with American walnut cabinetry, ebony and green quartzite, and brass and black fittings.  A unique feature of the project is the pair of smartglass windows between the living room and the bedroom.  With the flick of a switch, they change from frosted glass (see third photo) for privacy to clear glass (see sixth photo) for open views between the small bedroom and the living room beyond.

Photos: Steve Marchetti and Angelo Caranese

Construction: Harry’s Contracting, Inc.