‘Contemporary Panache’ Goes on Display at This Riverside Drive Renovation by Raad Studio

Posted On Wed, June 17, 2015 By

Posted On Wed, June 17, 2015 By In Interiors, Morningside Heights

The design firm raad studio is no stranger to bold interiors that push the envelope—the firm designed an inhabitable blob for this Gowanus townhouse, and a stunning wooden ceiling dome for an apartment in the former police headquarters at 240 Centre Street. For this project at 440 Riverside Drive, they took an approach that “boldly marries prewar details and contemporary design,” according to raad studio founder James Ramsey. The result, he said, is infused “with contemporary panache.”

440 Riverside Drive, raad studio, renovation

440 Riverside Drive, raad studio, renovation

The project was to combine two apartments at the 1910 landmarked building into one larger space. According to Ramsay, the interiors already had good bones, like high ceilings, ornate moldings and natural light.

440 Riverside Drive, interior renovation, raad studio

440 Riverside Drive, partition, tv, raad studio

But everything has been modernized in a super sleek approach. The firm also made custom pieces of furniture for the apartment, including this “steampunk-TV-cabinet-slash-partition.”

440 Riverside Drive, renovation, raad studio

Throughout the interior, there are details of rough, reclaimed wood. The material was used in excess to play off the decorative moldings and polished stone.

440 Riverside Drive, Bedroom, raad studio

The bedroom design is more muted to counter the “exuberance” of the design in the living and dining rooms. The apartment spans 2,770 square feet in total.

440 Riverside Boulevard, bedroom, renovation, raad studio

We love this illuminated bookshelf display in the bedroom. raad studio also designed custom displays for the owner’s art collection. Joining historic details with contemporary design and some unique, custom made fixtures? We approve this reno!

You can see more works by raad studio at their site here.

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