In most cases, living in big cities like Manhattan means that people has to compromise certain spatial functions in a compact space. Sandy Wen Studio try to utilize the space and find a way to not sacrificing life quality, but instead using architectural elements to expand the view, light and functions.
Simple white oak and plywood materials bring out natural beauty of the wood structures itself. The whole system is combined with a raised platform bed area, which extends to the living room into a comfortable bench seating area for the couple. The vertical shelving system meets the platform and creates a natural separation between two spaces. The push-up window with reeded glass is built into the shelving system with simple yet elegant details, providing the couple control of natural light and privacy between the two areas.
The designer also smartly uses an archway to increase the ceiling height visually and balance out the composition of the whole structure, bringing in more natural light, a view of the outdoor courtyard and the unique New York City skyline which includes the Empire State building.
The designer creates custom colorful back plate behind each round finger pull to give a playful punch to the space. The stainless steel plates on the kitchen counter smartly adds a playful touch to the counter and makes it highly durable as a working surface. Not to be left out is the counter leg, left intentionally curved as a sculpture to bring in a fun, artistic detail to the living room.
Limited space doesn’t necessary means poor life quality. As interior designers, we prefer design solutions that can bring more opportunities to the clients for their everyday life.’