When architectural designer Oda Olafsrud was first tasked with revamping this 1,650-square-foot residence in Manhattan, NYC, the house regarded like a loft that had stood nonetheless in time because the ’80s. “A change and renovation of the duplex unit was requested, whereas conserving a few of its authentic options was an vital issue — for sustainability causes and to maintain what was distinctive to the residence,” Olafsrud says. “Past that, I had full inventive freedom, one thing that could be a huge process to tackle but additionally fairly uncommon.”
The undertaking was certainly no small feat, contemplating it was Olafsrud’s first solo task that she labored on instantly after graduating from the Parsons School of Design in 2017. Nestled within the Higher West Facet historic constructing The Pythian (initially constructed within the late Nineteen Twenties and redeveloped into condos in a while), the residence was renovated over a number of years’ time and was formally accomplished this January. ”The challenges we confronted on website got here because the demolition part began, with [the apartment located in] a prewar landmark constructing and [hence its] inner structural constraints. This resulted in revisions to the unique design a number of occasions,” Olafsrud, who not solely was the undertaking designer and supervisor, however was additionally in command of working immediately with the distributors and sub-contractors, explains.
The important thing goal is to transform the unit from a screening and recording house, which the previous proprietor used it for, right into a liveable house with a design idea that’s appropriate for the residence and that satisfies the shoppers’ needs. Working inside limitations, Olafsrud redesigned the structure of the unit in order that it now options two bedrooms — located on the highest and backside flooring respectively, and every with their very own en-suite toilet. She was additionally capable of match a powder room on the lounge stage.
The transformation of the house goes past the change of its flooring plan, as Olafsrud labored to create a heat and complex feeling that permeates each nook of the light-filled residence. “How one materials flows into one other materials and modifications in form, shade and texture is what I’d say a key design component of this undertaking,” the designer shares, including that she tends to search out inspiration from “the place the completely different facets of motion, rhythm, artwork kinds, style, set up and fabrication collide.”
Influenced by Scandinavian design aesthetics (Olafsrud is from Norway herself), the designer used a mixture of fastidiously chosen supplies that she considers her hallmarks for the house: poured-in-place concrete, pure parts of wooden and marble, voluminous glass and small particulars of metal in its authentic state. “It was important to create an environment that appears like a sanctuary, with few but sturdy materials choices.” She elaborates, “The intention was additionally to present variations of sunshine and shadow all through the house. That is seen particularly within the morning and afternoon hours.” Including to the harmonious ambiance, upon coming into the residence, you’ll additionally discover its delicate and serene shade palette of creamy whites and numerous grey tones.
Apart from enjoying with completely different textures to type new design particulars, sure parts of the unique residence had been preserved and given a contemporary replace as properly. “The shoppers and I agreed to maintain a few of the current glass panels and elements of the metal railings on the mezzanine stage, as these parts made the unit distinctive,” the designer says of the standout function of the house. “The idea focuses across the centerpieces of the huge glass panels that join each flooring, and two reverse wall glass panels going through the terrace space.” Marrying perform with model, the glass panels function buffers between completely different areas of the residence, whereas additionally creating “stunning reflection of the sunshine,” as Olafsrud notes.
“I developed a brand new graphic print for the wall glass panels, with inspiration from a easy line form discovered within the unit’s current parts. The road expands and contracts, and varies in density.”
Because the founding father of House of Creation, an interdisciplinary design studio whose work spans interior design, architecture, inventive route, product design and installations, Olafsrud says a fundamental focus of her firm is to collaborate with different ladies in design and to showcase the works by multidisciplinary creators. The decor of her first design undertaking exemplifies precisely that. “After I was deciding on the furniture and objects for the house, it was important for me to characterize feminine artists,” she tells us. “I used to be fortunate to collaborate with two feminine sculptors that offered two sculptures every [for this apartment]. The objects share how sturdy they’re visually of their form and presence.”
Complementing the residence’s organic-shaped and curvy furnishings, strategically sourced by Olafsrud to distinction with the general design’s straight traces and to create a extra balanced environment, a shocking sculpture by Munich-based artist Alicja Podgórska Birkner sits elegantly on an entryway marble desk designed by Olafsrud herself. “It additionally speaks the identical language because the curved line on the glass wall panels,” the designer remarks.
Between the doorway corridor and lounge, a picket bookshelf and wall paneling — one other customized design by the architectural designer — works as a classy room divider. “[It] additionally softens up the house because it meets the marble desk and polished concrete flooring.” And don’t miss the ornamental artwork adjoining to the glossy shelving system. “I hand-made [the hanging wall piece] with pure supplies — from wooden, cotton and silk threads,” Olafsrud explains. It’s delicate particulars and minimalist design parts like these that successfully improve the interiors of this tastefully designed dwelling.