“We’ll just deal with it up a small bit.” That’s what Ashley Stark Kenner considered when she and partner Nick, founder and CEO of Just Salad, acquired a city house on New York’s Upper East Facet to make space for their increasing family members. The landmarked 19th-century creating had a lot heading for it—generous proportions, a deep backyard, and, a rarity among the town houses, a lot of mild. But at their to start with meeting with New York–based Lichten Architects, talk swiftly shifted to “gut renovation.”
“The façade was the only factor that stayed,” Kenner states now, a few yrs later. “For a whilst, we did not have a roof. We didn’t have a floor. We dug out the basement, we extra a top rated floor, we additional terraces. If I confirmed you the in advance of and after, you’d be like, ‘What?’”
As the senior vice president of structure and creative director at the eight-many years-outdated textile titan Stark, she knew accurately what she desired. And with a entirely clean slate, she did not have to compromise. “I had a vision, and I caught with it,” suggests Kenner, calling her aesthetic “laid-again, natural and organic, beachy, a tiny little bit French.”
Operating closely with Kenner, architects Andrew Friedman and Kevin Lichten made a flooring approach that functioned for family existence and, as Friedman clarifies, “felt loftlike and fashionable but nevertheless like a common town house.” That sensibility prolonged to the decor, spearheaded by New York organization Aman & Meeks (with a hefty hand from Kenner herself). —Hannah Martin
When two born-and-bred West Coasters relocated to New York, their goal was to carry the sunny ambiance of a existence lived close to the Pacific alongside with them. To stave off homesickness and remain legitimate to their roots, they turned to New York–based designer Young Huh to inject breezy California vibes into a person of the most unlikely of places: a substantial-increase towering in excess of one particular of Manhattan’s most prized locales—Central Park. “Since the purchasers were relocating, they requested that I hold the layout extremely gentle, vivid, and ethereal,” Huh suggests of the few, who moved in order to accommodate the husband’s position in finance.” The conclude outcome? A handsome Park Avenue pad that perfectly blends California spirit with a dose of New York drama.