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Celebrities, Interiors, Recent Sales, Soho

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , August 6, 2014

You might have expected the apartment of Marina Abramović to be intense and dark with large, empty spaces for the world-renowned performance artist to create her highly experimental work, but instead her home is pleasant and light-filled with contemporary furnishings and pops of color. She’s leaving the two-bedroom, corner unit at the Urban Glass House, though, as it’s sold for $2.995 million, according to city records.

Take a look at the apartment here

Technology

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , August 6, 2014

Nearing the two-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, developers, architects, and building owners are still wrestling with how to keep their waterfront properties safe from any future storms that may wash up on New York’s shores. Some have moved mechanical systems above ground, white others have installed heavy duty generators and emergency lighting and elevator systems. But a popular preventative mechanism among the posh residences of the West Village and Lower Manhattan is AquaFence, a portable, temporary flood barrier system that can defend structures from flood heights of up to eight feet.

See how this product is constructed and installed

Real Estate Wire

  • First look at the Ismael Leyva-designed, Related Companies-developed condominium planned for West 30th Street between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues, a site that overlooks the High Line Park. [Curbed]
  • Jonathan Miller pinpoints two new records for NYC: The average sales price for NYC residential real estate (co-ops, condos and 1-3 family sales) reached a record $975,441 for 2Q 2014; while the average sales price for NYC residential real estate excluding Manhattan reached a record $542,216. See graphs charting the change over at Curbed. [Curbed]
  • Developers of Astoria Cove promise to create a ferry terminal to serve the new mega development. [TRD]
  • Bed-Stuy is red hot. Nine of the nabe’s top 15 residential sales in the past five years are from 2014. The highest rang in at $2.25M. [TRD]
  • Extell wants to raze one of the former Ring buildings it acquired last year. [CO]

The Ismael Leyva-designed tower at 520 West 30th Street(left); The $2.25M Bed-Stuy townhouse (right)

Architecture

  • By Diane Pham
  • , August 5, 2014

Architects and designers love getting and giving accolades, and rightly so—there are some stellar projects out there transforming the world that deserve recognition. However, Cameron Sinclair, the Executive Director of the Jolie-Pitt Foundation and co-founder of Architecture for Humanity, seems to be fed up with the lack of discourse when it comes bad design, and in response he’s just kicked off a new competition that aims to “honor” works that have inflicted serious harm on our environment. Called “Dead Prize“, Sinclair hopes that this award will recognize the bad, point out the failures, and hopefully inspire individuals to do something to rectify these designs against humanity.

More on the competition here

Design, Furniture, Green Design

  • By Ana Lisa Alperovich
  • , August 5, 2014

Dutch designer Rianne Koens‘ latest furniture collection was inspired by the friendliness and warm hospitality of the her own Turkish in-laws. Named after a combination of the Turkish words ‘otur’ (sit) and ‘oturak’ (stool), the Otura family has a flexible design that can easily adapt to any occasion. Separate stackable drawers, cabinets, tables and stools, all made from wood, were designed to be arranged and rearranged in an easy functional way.

about this versatile furniture here

Daily Link Fix

  • Honeycomb Sleeping Pods For Music Festival-Goers: Wired features B-And-Bee, the winning design for a Belgium competition for sustainable entrepreneurship. Believe it or not, each pod is big enough to fit a king size bed! Where do we sign up?
  • There’s No Place Like NYC In The Summer: Summer Fridays, Saturday afternoons laying out in Sheep Meadow, outdoor dining and maybe even an ice cream cone from the Mister Softee truck… DesignTaxi spotlights a slow-motion video of scenes in the city during the dog days of summer.
  • ‘Hug’ Tracks How Much Water You’re Drinking: Because #firstworldproblems, TechCrunch reports on the device and smartphone app that helps you stay hydrated. If only it told you how many people go without fresh, clean water every day too…
  • Going Back To The Basics of Design: Lifehacker reminds us that design is part of everyday life. Use these three basics from design 101 to help improve your photography, interior design and writing skills.

Images: Achilles Heel’s B-And-Bee courtesy of Wired (left); “Streets – New York City” by Tim Sessler courtesy of DesignTaxi

Brooklyn Heights, Interiors

  • By Diane Pham
  • , August 5, 2014

Back in the day, in even the most luxurious of homes, sleeping quarters reserved for servants weren’t much more than cramped, musty spaces that lacked light. Though the top floor of this landmarked Brooklyn Heights mansion probably hasn’t seen a feather duster in years (a Dyson, maybe) this newly renovated space is anything but dim and dank. A total revamp undertaken by Studio Modh Archtecture, this modern apartment is the seamless fusion of two formerly disparate spaces that have been reconfigured to create a bright, beautiful and serene home.

Check out how Studio Modh Updated the space

Green Design, Technology

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , August 5, 2014

You may have heard last year that scientists began exploring the idea of spray-paintable solar cells, and now researchers at Sheffield University in England have made a breakthrough that could bring this green energy dream one step closer to reality.

The advance comes from the use of organometal halide perkovskite, a mineral/crystal, organic/metal hydra, which offers the potential to combine high-performing, mature solar cell technologies with organic photovoltaics that have a low embedded energy cost.

More on the technology ahead

Cool Listings, Interiors, Upper East Side

  • By Aisha Carter
  • , August 5, 2014

No, that wasn’t a typo in the title. This penthouse apartment at 655 Park Avenue is more than just 3,300 square feet of interior space. It also has a 3,000-square-foot rooftop garden so amazing, even the statues are luxuriating on it. But if you’ve been reading this blog you know it’s not our style to go straight to the mind-blowing terrace. Let’s take a tour through the rest of this premier pad first. Trust us. You won’t be disappointed.

Let’s take a look inside this magnificent penthouse…

Chelsea, Hell's Kitchen, Policy

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , August 5, 2014

Mayor de Blasio called for all 59 New York City community boards to propose ways to increase the number of affordable housing units within their district, and CB4, which covers Chelsea, Clinton, and Hell’s Kitchen, is the first to respond. The Manhattan District Board 4 Affordable Housing Plan was voted on internally by the board on July 23, but is expected to be officially presented to the city on August 8th. The 81-page plan, which could influence affordable housing policy throughout the city, focuses on six major themes that will outline how the west side neighborhoods tackle the addition of 11,000 units of affordable housing.

We break down the themes

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