James Ramsey is the man behind Raad Studio, the design firm well known for its proposal to build out the Lowline on the Lower East Side. The firm is also known for its kooky, unique interiors, and it’s given this two-bedroom apartment at Tribeca‘s 151 Hudson Street plenty of personality. Prewar details are paired with contemporary features like a glass-walled wet bar, built-in shelving, and even a custom bookcase that hides a secret door into one of the bedrooms.
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.”
During the mid-’90s and early 2000s, blobitecture was all the rage. But it didn’t take very long for the trend to fall out of favor—because at the end of the day you can’t really build a city full of blobby buildings. But it looks like the movement just might be seeing a second life within residential design. In this 2014 renovation by RAAD Studio, the architects transformed the innards of a historic brownstone on the border of Gowanus and Carroll Gardens into an ultra-modern space with clean lines, sleek surfaces, and most notably, an amoeba-like sculpture growing out of the living room wall.
- Here’s a map of 13 of the shortest, cutest, and most historic little streets in New York. [Curbed]
- Get through the polar vortex by thinking of warm days on the waterfront and ramen burgers; Smorgasburg will reopen on April 4th. [Gothamist]
- Two famous, historic sailing ships could dock at the South Street Seaport this summer. [Tribeca Trib]
- Looks like those MTA courtesy campaigns aren’t working. A lack of basic manners getting in and out of cars is contributing to a spike in delays. [NY Post]
- “Snow Circles” crop up mysteriously in Riverside Park. [West Side Rag]
- Take a look inside the Victorian Tribeca loft of James Ramsey, a principal of the design studio Raad, and Jennifer Blumin, the founder of Skylight, which does adaptive reuse of historic spaces. [NY Times]
Images: Gay Street via Wiki Commons (L); subway crowding (R)
Perhaps one of the most beautiful buildings in New York City, the Beaux-Arts style former police headquarters located at 240 Centre Street sometimes seems to have flown under the “great buildings in Manhattan” radar for much of its 100-plus years.
But we’re pretty sure those lucky enough to reside in one of the 55 luxury apartments created when the building was converted to condominiums in the late 1980s have a true appreciation for the grandeur of this hidden gem. RAAD Studio recently redesigned one of those apartments, and there’s no way this transformation could go unnoticed.