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Schissel Montgomery Architects renovates Brooklyn flat for art gallerist

New York City-based architecture office Schissel Montgomery has completed a minimalist renovation of a three-bedroom apartment in the Park Slope neighbourhood.

Named Wendy's, the studio decluttered the 1,300-square-foot (120-square-metres) apartment's living spaces to create "a quiet, generous background for art and life".

Schissel Montgomery Architects also converted one of the bedrooms facing the street into a study.

White Brooklyn apartment kitchen renovation with tiles
The kitchen uses only lower cabinets to create a sense of openness

The renovation centres around a new kitchen, which is partially open to the living and dining space. Previously, these two areas were separate."The intervention focuses on creating connections between the shared spaces of the apartment and selectively removing materials accreted over time," said the studio.

Brooklyn apartment living room with minimalist furniture
A key move was to declutter the apartment's living room

A new banquette along the wall integrates storage beneath the seat while consolidating the previously separate spaces.

At the end of a corridor, the studio repurposed an existing bedroom to create a study for the owner. Furniture selections here include a table by midcentury designer Eileen Gray and a Barcelona Daybed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

Since the apartment is at street level, Schissel Montgomery designed sheer fabric curtains to cover the bottom portion of the windows.

This gives residents more privacy, while still admitting light into the space.

Office with Mies van der Rohe Barcelona daybed
The new study occupies a former bedroom at the far end of the apartment

The project has a restrained palette with light wooden floors, white painted walls and selectively curated furnishings and artwork.

"The intervention focuses on creating connections between the shared spaces of the apartment and selectively removing materials accreted over time," Schissel Montgomery explained.

Brooklyn apartment foyer with built-in closets
The entrance includes a full-height mirror and built-in storage

Custom details include a handmade concrete enclosure to protect the building's steam pipe.

It is made of stacked, textured cylinders that resemble a classical column's fluting motif.

Brooklyn kitchen dining table with custom pipe cover
Custom details include a concrete sleeve to cover the building's steam pipe

Another additional at the apartment's entrance is a floor-to-ceiling mirror that was to expand the space and brings more light to a darker area of the apartment.

"The intervention uses painted surfaces, whitewashed floors and window sheers to maximise bounced light in the space," explained Schissel Montgomery.

Renovated Brooklyn apartment with custom classical details
The pipe enclosure nods to similar classical columns visible from within the apartment

These pipes are left exposed in many New York City apartments and can become so hot that they are hazardous to residents, in addition to being unsightly.

Schissel Montgomery was established in 2019 and is led by two graduates of Columbia University's architecture school, Michael Schissel and Talene Montgomery.

Other apartment renovations in the Brooklyn area include a townhouse by GRT Architects that is filled with eclectic art objects and a monochrome interior renovation by local firm Arnold Studio.

Photography is by Daniel Terna.


Project credits:

Architect: Schissel Montgomery Architects
Construction: WK Renovation

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The combined kitchen and dining area receive more light than when they were separated by a wall.
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