Thursday, February 11, 2010

Your Thursday New York Times.





HERE.

I love the kitchen.

Discuss.

65 comments:

Christiana said...

Very cool article! Dare I say, inspiring? I love the kitchen too. And, I really dig his little bathroom nook/closest.

Henrietta said...

OT, but Alexander McQueen is dead at 40.

So sad.

Anna said...

that mini kitchen is fabulous! i love the green nook with the sink & stove. i am imagining this in my lake cottage someday.

ArchitectDesign™ said...

I love this apartment. It looks like how a stylish and interesting person lives FOR REAL -not stages for a magazine (boring)

Anonymous said...

The apartment got him a job with Robert Couturier, even without his meeting the stated requirements for the job, like knowledge of CAD. Surely that deserves a high-five.

Grant K. Gibson said...

Mercy! Give this boy a little more $ and just see what he can do! Wow. It reminds me of some of my first apartments in NY. When you have such a small space you have to be clever (which you can see he is) and have humor and fun and really make the space your own. It might be small- but it SURE has style!
I think that there is a whole group of young designers that we should watch out for- I am sure that we will be seeing more of his work to come.

Bailey @ peppermintbliss said...

I mean its about damn time after dragging us through all those "real people" uninspired vom homes. Not trying to be rude, but "real people" can design homes well too! Very much enjoyed this one.

my little apartment said...

god, I love the whole apartment-- that SOFA, yum.

don't know what the big deal is about the MJ wellies...they're like $28 in the store.

newbeeinma said...

I really hope your being sarcastic about loving the kitchen, looks like someone cut out a 50's log cabin kitchen in Montanta and put it in an apt. I esp love (yea, looove) the 'contrasting' (ack) plaid throw over the chair, god only knows what it's covering, what they couldn't afford a $25.00 slip cover online or would that not be 'real' enough?

CDS said...

is that the living room? love it. thank you again for sharing great spaces.

sketch42 said...

Halleluya! Finally, the NYT has an article about a home that is INTERESTING!! This guy wasnt an interior designer at first, he has no training, he just has a flair that he used to get himself a job or two! Really, really awesome and fun to look at.

I really do agree(and so do the editors at lonny) that STUFF looks better than no stuff. Somehow all their pictures are jammed full of things, and thats how they make eh places look great. Styling is not to be underestimated.

Anonymous said...

Reminds me of Miles Redd's first NY apt.

Ivy Lane said...

mmm..a kitchen in a cut out... intersting..

Anonymous said...

Yes!

Now THIS is the stuff they should ALWAYS be featuring.

Katie said...

Gotta be honest, it made my clutter alarm go off, big time. But then, I guess there's only so much you can do with... 178 square feet.

Marija said...

Now this I can get behind. interesting, personal, collected. I like it. And at 178 sq ft. I am not only impressed, I'm inspired. Marija

Kathleen said...

Agreed! I read the article this morning and am completly smitten with his tiny space. Very cozy.

Nick said...

Zach is my pal and the former Eve Harrington to my Margo Channing at Mugatu LLC! Beyond talented and could charm the pictures off the wall.

LisaH said...

Thank you Professor Decorno - this home is a vast improvement over your last two posts from the Times. These people seem to have personalities. I would like to meet them.

gabriellebegue said...

OK. I appreciate his renovation. The storage bed is impressive. But the last line of the article about getting a job based solely on his apartment--not on any experience or schooling--makes me want to puke.

Or maybe I should shut up and take notes?

Bloggers Abode said...

I actually kinda dig this one. A little cluttered but the kid's got some style and taste.

Appletree said...

I like the painted black floors, the rest is a little too cluttered for me.

laurencorbyn said...

It's Nick Olsen's buddy's place. Stylish little group they've got there. Check out Nick's post. I love his description.

Emom said...

Just goes to show you....they were right....every room needs a "hit" of RED....smiles.

lizzie said...

so cozy and adorable. i am loving the painted black floors-beautiful, elegant, and practicle. i like the person that lives there!

Addison DeWitt said...

Nick,

This little dude is the Phoebe who is going to push both of you off the stage.

Zaph said...

Moody and interesting....real people work this apace. Big tick.

Holly said...

Good article! The teeny stove reminds me of the one in our first apartment. LOVE that kitchen sink. And the green paint. Too much stuff makes me frantic, but at least it looks intentional.

Anonymous said...

This apartment makes me think this is where Holden Caulfield would live. A totally F'd up preppy flat. I especially love the stained beadboard in the kitchen.

Anonymous said...

A kid with ideas - good. Now time to learn to edit, edit, edit. This is a time when, definitely, less is more. Too claustrophobic for me. And the kitchen, ahh...no. But at least he has had a go.

rebecca said...

There is a certain luxury in "wasting" a square foot on blue rubber boots he doesn't even wear, even moreso given the tiny space.

So counterintuitive, and a good reminder to pragmatic folks like me.

Anonymous said...

Fabulous! Love the floors, the kitchen and the bath...totally inpiring...small space budget friendly design. Note to the NYT...THIS is what we want MORE of.

Jeffrey said...

Do you think the "writer" gets "paid" by the "number" of quotation marks?

red ticking said...

just love the kitchen... well, the whole space. so charming...

rerun said...

that's right honey. show these heifers how it's DONE. i'm taking notes.

Anonymous said...

This was in the Home section.

The other two NYT stories--the ones everyone hated--were in the Real Estate section, and were written by a different reporter.

Anonymous said...

Is it just me or does anyone else get nervous at the thought of multiple floating bookshelves (and dozens of books) on the wall above the bed? Should one of those shelves come off...yikes.

Anonymous said...

Oh yeah I saw this last night at NYTImes.com and my first thought was "this has decorno bait written all over it."

Second thought: "Move over Nick, cause THERE'S A NEW KID IN TOWN."

and yes melovesit!

Lady Blue said...

Nice setup, but it looks waaay too cramped.

Lolo said...

Yes!! He's made this his home and "edited" (god, I know but it's the only word that fits) it to perfection. Lived in, but every single surface is personal and pleasing to look at.

Anonymous said...

yes yes YES.

Laurie said...

black floors - note to self next time opportunity arises . . . black floors!

the.neo.lifestyle said...

I love it directly when i saw it in the NYTIMES

Wonderful place, with great taste.


David

Anonymous said...

Do you follow the New York Social Diary website? Yeah, yeah, I know it sounds really farty, but they publish really interesting--like them or not--NYC apartments. Better than the stuff in the NYTimes.

Laura Trevey said...

the large map on the wall is very cool!!

Anne (in Reno) said...

Inspiring, sort of, but the anti-cooking sentiment depresses me, as do the wellies-as-art-object. I would rather have a little less claustrophobically "styled" clutter and a little more breathing room (maybe that way he could get some ventilation and start doing his own cooking). Kudos for him making such a small space so cozy and personable, I guess it's just not to my taste.

Anonymous said...

"the anti-cooking sentiment depresses me, as do the wellies-as-art-object."

He's a 25-year-old dude living in New York City. Don't expect him to stay home stirring marinara sauce and buying sensible shoes, for Christ's sake.

barbara said...

help, I need a light grey wall color, architecural, with a white trim

barbara said...

help, I need a light grey wall color, architecural, with a white trim

Anonymous said...

He lost me when I read he "collects" spices (but doesn't use them) because he admires the tin or the font used on it. Same with the Marc Jacobs rubbers.

The emporer has no clothes...but he sure has junk.

Anonymous said...

I agree with an earlier poster questioning that he got a job he was unqualified for based on showing photos of this place. Methinks there's more to that little story.

d said...

not really liking this apartment, too much going on and the clutter is depressing. i'm seriously not getting the hype that this space is getting.

Heather said...

When I was in the 8th grade I told my mom the following while standing in our family bathroom: "This is all the space I need to live." I went on to explain how I could put a bed frame on top of the bath tub, and a cook top beside the sink, etc etc,. This article makes the think this was a reasonable assumption, in fact, it might just be something The New York Times would want to write about.

But only if I would do it with the panache of this owner.

Xtine said...

Enjoyed this. Tasteful, and edited for sure. There is no overstatement of his influences. Bradley's room is too worshipful of some fictitious ideal; almost an ode to IZOD. Zack's place seems a more tasteful merging of collected things, hand-me-downs and places been. It conveys personality, not caricature. I would, however, shelve the wellies.

Anonymous, thank you for the tip on New York Social Diaries... what a fabulous pleth of interiors.

Jesse Lu said...

okay, my turn...

@Henrietta- I just heard the news and am so sad...

@newbeinma- I resent that derogatory Montana remark. Some people enjoy the quaint and rustic nature of a log cabin home. Eh hem, perhaps people like me and the other readers and the home owner in question.

Overall, I liked this home a lot... it's very cozy and I adore all the colors and I love the under the bed storage.

I'm a little miffed at the Ikat remark though. Come on NYT, research things a bit. All it takes is a quick google and you wouldn't call an age-old textile tradition 'trendy'.

John said...

What a breath of fresh air. Clever, resourceful, and CLEAN with a nice remembrence of youth. I think we all suffocate ourselves with clutter when we are young...good editing comes with age and the realization that eventually we have to dust all that shit! I hope the Times continues on this track.

Anonymous said...

I don't get your idea of style.
This apartment is like my old aunt and uncle's apartment on Second Avenue in NYC.
The Second Avenue El used to run outside their window until the city tore it down.
My aunt and uncle were poor and this was the best they could do. Are you so used to new things and open spaces that poverty is appealing to you?
I really just don't get it.

Decorno said...

Anon, what about this apartment suggests poverty?

imwondering said...

The apartment is a fine young person's apartment. But a stand out in style? Not for me.

(This, I might add, coming from a person living in a bungalow with a husband, a baby, two dogs and a cat and always saying, This is why we can't have nice things.

Anonymous said...

Not my style. The clutter, as organized as it is, makes the Virgo in me shudder, but I understand his asthetic completely. I thought the bathroom was very nicely done.

Anonymous said...

He lost me when I read he "collects" spices (but doesn't use them) because he admires the tin or the font used on it. Same with the Marc Jacobs rubbers.

Exactly the opposite reaction. Those details made me like him.

Peggy and Fritz said...

I'm giggling at all these comments - I can't help it. I have to say - when I was young - I never met a guy who had a cool, eclectic apartment. The only thing the guys I knew had - kegs off to the corner, moldy and smelly plates in the sink, disgusting levitz furniture and smelly bathrooms. I say bravo to the cool hip guy with the cluttered look that some are saying. It's hard to decorate a small space - I should know and I say great job in the space he had and I love the tiny kitchen - clever.

Anonymous said...

i like the place. what's wrong with poverty. not everyone is rich and some have to make the most of what they have...hmmmph

Penelope Bianchi said...

I LOVE THE KITCHEN. I love the entire apartment. the space planning should be in a book for students to read. It is a chic space.

I have no idea the weight of the "chip" on the shoulder of the writer before. It must be heavy. Way heavy.

"chips" can be so heavy that one cannot get through life carrying them. I suspect this might be one case.

I have been reading blogs for only a year or two; and that one "takes the cake"!!

I hope you can" kick it to the curb" and ignore it; not out of insensitivity; but from the "some people are just plain crazy" standpoint!

Just my opinion! Your blog is wonderful, meaningful, and very educational!

BRAVO, I SAY!

PENELOPE

PS I THINK the kitchen could have been carved out of a closet!? Any opinions? LOVE!!!!!
Penelope

SarahHutch said...

I really want to know where that couch came from. I love the fabric. It's stylish and looks incredibly comfortable. Anybody know?