Bridge Gaps
Manhattan Makeover
Posted on: 11-08-2017 by Elizabeth Yokel


Mesmerized with the subject of architecture and design and raised in one of Germany's wine regions along the idyllic Rhine river, Dorothee Junkin's keen eye and sense of style appear to be the key elements in her Brooklyn-based studio DJDS, which redesigned a loft apartment's interior in Lower Manhattan.


During the redesign, there were a creative combination of intriguing surfaces used: white, black, brass and wood. This is a breathtaking single-story apartment that measures 3,800 square feet (or 353-square-metres); a space envisioned with an open-plan dining room, living area, and kitchen expected to occupy approxmiately half of the floor area.



Renderings released ahead of the start of the project show that a central staircase, flanked by thin elements that stretch from the steps to the ceiling, will act as a room divider. The slender staircase is made of blackened steel


The staircase leads up to a private rooftop. During the ascent, notice the sunlight pour down through the top doorway into the room. "Initially the stair was perceived as a spatial challenge, as the access to the roof had to be quite prominently in the centre of the great room," according to Junkin adding: "Turning the stair into a feature design element, acting as a partial screen between the dining and living area, merged necessity and design and helped to subtly define the large space of the great room."



The residence is one that is designed for clients who find themselves traveling frequently between New York City and California. "The clients' initial informal brief for the interiors contained a total of four words: 'Open space. Contemporary. Serene'," Junkin explains. A composition of light and dark finishes will be found across the apartment, with a mix of new and old pieces also providing juxtaposition.



Walls will be kept white, while wood, stone, and metal surfaces are used as accents. Floors are shown covered in wide European oak planks that have been cerused (or limed) – a process in which the porous parts of the wood are filled with a light paste. Light-hued silk rugs blend in with the floors. An original beam will be covered in a distressed wood finish, and deep window sills coloured similarly match the loft's dark window encasements.



Marble will also form a key material. The "unique veining of a feature stone" will be applied to the monochrome coffee tables, large dining table and kitchen backsplash. The New York apartment will also include three bedrooms, each with its own en-suite, and a powder room. "In the master bathroom, a composition of book-matched white and black marble slabs creates a feature backdrop for a freestanding sculptural soaking tub carved from a solid block of marble," said the interior designer.


Warm brass breaks up the design and adds warmth to the space. Metallic pieces include light fixtures, barstools, vases and other decorative elements.


Junkin is a trained architect who practiced at Foster + Partners in London,

before relocating to NYC in 2012. She set up her own interior design firm.





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