American designer Alex P White has designed a show home for a high-end condominium building in Manhattan. It has therefore become a luxurious interior design characterized with sturdy concrete ceilings, gray concrete plaster walls and a beautiful color palette consisting of a lot of broken white, wood and black accents.
The show home is located at 196 Orchard, a recently completed 11-story condominium building in the Lower East Side neighborhood. The building has a total of 89 units, from studios to four-bedroom apartments. Prices range from $ 985,000 to $ 5.9 million.
Alex P White, an interior designer who runs a studio of the same name in New York, was commissioned to furnish a show home that would appeal to potential buyers. For a one-bedroom apartment of 64 square meters, he used finishes and decor in neutral tones to create a calm and elegant atmosphere.
For me, an unforgettable experience of a great interior is always about creating the atmosphere and getting the right mix.
From the front door you step into an open kitchen and living room. A glass door leads to a generous terrace with gilt bronze bricks, charred planters and a concrete dining area.
Inside the apartment, concrete ceilings have been left unfinished, giving the space a tough and raw character. This is also reinforced with the help of concrete plaster walls.
I decided to bring the ceiling finish along the walls and give all the rooms the same structure. This makes the spaces feel cozy and epic at the same time, while the attractive color palette emphasizes the view on the terrace.
Open kitchen with bar
The kitchen is a combination of style and functionality. It features quartz worktops, walnut and lacquered cabinets and luxury kitchen appliances from Miele. Behind the stove, the designer integrated a dark kitchen splashback made of Nero Marquina marble.
At the wooden kitchen bar you will find matching wooden stools from Coil + Drift. Other carefully chosen decorations include a stainless steel tea kettle from Aldo Rossi and a ceramic vase from Ettore Sottsass.
The kitchen overlooks a narrow living room with a mix of different shapes and textures. One wall is lined with a built-in sofa wrapped in Belgian linen and a travertine lounge table, both designed by White. Above the sofa is a series of ivory wall decorations by Los Angeles artist Mary Little.
On the opposite wall you will find a large open walnut compartment cupboard, which is also a design by the American designer. The Wiggle cardboard chair next to it is by Frank Gehry.
Well-selected art and design objects should do more than just decorate – they should add a story. I’ve mixed a few iconic vintage pieces with contemporary items that I thought have significant dialogue with the recent past.
In the bedroom, the designer created a platform bed with a headboard that rises to the ceiling. A sleek black cabinet by Brooklyn designer Stephen Bukowski contrasts with the light tones that dominate the space.