David Taylor, aka Superdave, is a Scottish-born, Stockholm-based designer who creates precious objects out of ordinary and found materials. His latest work, called Slag, consists of candlesticks made from assorted materials combined with pieces of iron found at the site of an abandoned 1600s iron foundry deep in the forests of Sweden.
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When we say organic here, we don’t just mean the natural materials used throughout the house; we’re referring to the fact that the project developed organically in response to the homeowners’ seven-acre, East Hamptons lot and existing house. Built around 1982, the original structure was in dire need of a renovation. Robert Young Architecture and Interiors was committed to reusing as much of this house as possible, but wasn’t sure if a restoration would be more economical than constructing a new house. Property surveys showed that the house was closer to the lot’s picturesque kettle pond than current zoning would allow, so building a new structure would compromise privacy and the water views. From there, the Kettle Hole House was born amidst the lot’s abundance of white pine trees.
- Brooklyn’s Best Comedy Show: If laughter is the best medicine then Brooklyn Mag has the antidote with 10 shows you can go to for the hottest acts in town.
- Bronx Bridge to Randall’s Island: Soon South Bronx residents will be able to stroll, bike, run or skip right on over to Randall’s Island thanks to a pedestrian bridge that is being constructed as we speak. Bronx Centric gives us a sneak peak.
- Teddy Bear Trackers: They have trackers for your dogs and now your kids can have trackers for Paddington. PSFK spotlights Virgin Trackers’s new invention that will save a headache when your kids leave their toys on the train.
- Stinky Bubbly Brown Goo in Gowanus: The NY Post has details on a mysterious, smelly goo bubbling up in drains in Gowanus–a neighborhood not exactly known for having an aromatic fresh scent to begin with.
- A TV That Only Works When You Smile: TV should be enjoyable, right? FastCo.Design, spotlights a TV designed to only work when you’re smiling, which sounds painful to be honest.
Images: Pedestrian bridge from Bronx to Randall’s Island (left), Teddy Tracker (right)
Essex House didn’t get off to the most auspicious start, with construction beginning mere days after the Crash of 1929. But it was still chugging along when three years later its now famous six-story red neon sign debuted atop the New York skyline. The rest, as they say, is history. Since then the 43-story Art-Deco skyscraper at 160 Central Park South has become one of Manhattan’s most distinguished landmarks — and home to an impressive list of residents, including Angelina Jolie, Jude Law, and Samuel L. Jackson.
Fortunately, you don’t have to be an A-lister to live there; all you need is about $14,000 a month in rent. This 2BR/2BA rental unit features a private 260-square-foot outdoor terrace directly overlooking Central Park and offering starry views of a non-celebrity kind.
If you’re looking for a bachelor pad to end all bachelor pads, we’ve got exactly what you need. This 4,600-square foot, 3BR/3.5BA loft, designed by award winning architects at Contegiacomo and Associates, understands the importance of meeting the needs of the single guy without filling potential mates with an overwhelming desire to overhaul his entire apartment with a woman’s touch. That’s right, 17 West 17th Street #3FL is more than just any apartment; it’s the best wingman in town.
We’ve seen Manhattanites do all kinds of crazy and creative things to maximize space—from turning their ovens into closets to lofting entire rooms—but the Guzman Penthouse by LOT-EK is one of our favorite transformations.
To expand this penthouse residence, LOT-EK revamped an old mechanical room, added a 20-foot shipping container to serve as the master bedroom, and created a spacious rooftop patio, all of which sit on top of the building with jaw-dropping Empire State Building views.
When MADE Architecture was enlisted to help a young couple renovate their newly purchased Boerum Hill townhouse, they started from a blank slate–literally. The 2,400-square-foot home had been gutted by its previous owners, leaving nothing more than the floor joists and a brick shell. MADE took this opportunity to reimagine the interior layout of the traditional three-bay townhouse. By reorienting the stairway as a switchback, space was freed up on each floor, creating a contemporary, loft-like floorplan. The stairs also sit under a large skylight, which fills all angles of the house with natural light.
New York has a long history of great architecture. From the very beginnings in the colonial period to today, there are more great buildings to see in New York than anywhere else on the planet. Thankfully, with this guide, you can see them all in one simple south-north trip across Manhattan. Many great buildings are too tall or difficult to see up close, so we’ve chosen an example of each style of New York architecture that can also be appreciated from the ground level, rather than forcing you to gawk straight up at a skyscraper. Check out our New York architecture day trip.
Most of us in Manhattan are lucky if we can find room to fit one, tiny bookshelf in our homes, so you can imagine our reactions when we saw the opulent, two-story library at 12 East 69th Street. Not only does it make us ashamed of our puny literature collections, but the room is at least three times the size of our apartments. The celestial ceiling mural, massive amount of black walnut built-in shelving, and custom spiral staircase are also making us green with envy. Non bookworms, have no fear–this house has an equally regal, double-height media room, which comes complete with sound-proof walls, rich wood paneling, a 12-foot screen, and plush velvet seats.
Manhattan-based Ryall Porter Sheridan Architects recently renovated a 1970s house into a green escape that strictly follows Passive House standards. Located in Long Island just a few steps away from the sea, the minimal Orient House IV is completely clad in aged timber and features expansive north-facing windows that not only frame the beautiful views of its locale, but pulls in plenty of natural light. Designed to be more than just a vacation home, this stunning getaway is about as eco-friendly as it gets, and is said to be the second most energy-efficient structure on the island.