Gabriela Gargano, a Designer, Created a Light-Filled Space In A Historic NYC Apartment

Gabriela Gargano, a Designer, Created a Light-Filled Space In A Historic NYC Apartment

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“A young couple bought this 1904 turn of the century New York City apartment in Cocoa Exchange Building several years ago when it was first converted to condos,” interior designer Gabriela Garcia,¬†owner of Grisoro Designs, says. The unique triangular shape of the building’s living and dining rooms is one of its most distinctive features. This unusual shape, although beautiful, presented some design challenges.

Gargano points out that the condo conversion left the space cold and modern. It was our goal to make it a comfortable, stylish home. The area felt dark despite the high ceilings and black granite countertops. There was also limited lighting. The room was also heavy with dark furnishings, contributing to its rich feel. We tried to brighten the room while not overwhelming the homeowner’s beautiful art collection. This included pieces by Alexander Calder, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Giovanni Piranesi.

Gargano says that the inspiration for this project came from mid-century and Nordic design. He suggests using classic wood such as walnut, white oak, and black steel details to modernize and add contrast. To give the space a warmer and more mellow feel, we replaced the red Brazilian laminate floors with wide-planked white oak and repainted the walls stark white in a creamy hue. A mix of curved furniture was used to balance the home’s angularity and complement the structure of the building. We used family-friendly natural fabrics, such as wool and performance linens. These were supplemented by textured or patterned accessories.

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