Architect Koray Duman gives this worn-out, 80s era three-bedroom apartment a new lease of life with his swift and decisive design interventions. Creating a highly individuated and deeply inspiring residence for himself, this modern small apartment-located in Chinatown, New York- is reinterpreted into a more generous one bedroom format, creating space for bolder strokes, ambitions and expressions. The resulting home is rich in style and restrained in elements, relying on the bare minimum to articulate a crisply defined living space and experience.
Abounding in small apartment ideas, this design is deftly conceived and executed. Preserving traces of its history, the design weaves a new spatial tale off its existing one. Exposed brick walls and hints of wallpaper offer insights into past, while adding rich textures and character to the space. These are sharply contrasted by the newer elements that populate this space – oozing contemporary flair and crisp definition. A yellow wall surface folds and unfolds to create a dividing element that establishes the perimeters of the main living area and social core. This space is elegantly dominated by the uniquely crafted loveseats; these not only impress visually but also interlock to create a space-saving solution to sleepovers and unexpected snoozes.
Dotted with personal highlights and visual eccentricities, this modern small apartment is animated by the attention to detail that pervades every aspect of its design.