Madison Avenue Residence

New York
Photo © Frank Oudeman
Photo © Frank Oudeman
Photo © Frank Oudeman
Photo © Frank Oudeman
Photo © Frank Oudeman
Photo © Frank Oudeman
Photo © Frank Oudeman
Photo © Frank Oudeman
Photo © Frank Oudeman
Photo © Frank Oudeman
Photo © Frank Oudeman
Photo © Frank Oudeman
Photo © Frank Oudeman
Photo © Frank Oudeman
Photo © Frank Oudeman
Photo © Frank Oudeman
Photo © Frank Oudeman
Interior Designers
De-spec
Address
Madison Avenue, New York
Year
2008
Stories
1-5 Stories

Surgery Series

In residential projects, de-spec believes that architecture, interior design and decoration must reflect the client’s lifestyle. Following a radical functionalist approach, the Surgery series utilizes a strategy of personalization according to specific programs designated by the client, rather than stylistic biases on the part of the designer.

The name of the series refers to a practice employed by de-spec, in which incisions are made into the floor plan of a home to reconstruct the circulation and flow of space in a way most suited to the lifestyle of a particular user. The process entails a series of interviews and observations which provide a reading of the client’s values and needs. This reading translates into a design strategy which fundamentally sculpts the experience of lived space.

Surgery #8 (Madison Avenue Residence):

The design for this 3,000-square-foot Madison Avenue apartment centers around the client’s need to display contemporary art. De-Spec’s layout prioritizes flow from room to room. Incorporating four bedrooms, an eating kitchen, a dining room, a living room, an office and a library, the project included repositioning and constructing walls to support programmatic needs. A collaborative process, De-Spec and the client selected artworks to display from the collection. Simple furnishings and minimal furniture allow art to reflect the client’s vision and animate everyday living.

Published:

“Residential Surgery #8 in New York City,
Objekt International, June 2012

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