Thirty-seventh Street

Midtown, New York
Completed 2015


The reworking of a midcentury apartment centers around a cherry millwork core.

We combined two apartments to create an airy single, floor-through apartment for a couple in Midtown, Manhattan. We made simple moves with the millwork, creating warm expanses of color and making subtle changes in composition and thickness. The natural quarter-sawn centerpiece simultaneously divides spaces, unfolds into a bench, and holds a bookshelf, desk, and sliding doors. The apartment straddles between time periods. An architect in 1951 may have proposed a similar design.