New York type fundamentals

The Big Apple has always been a calling card for artists and designers as the streets are filled with unique styles and architectural flourishes that inspire awe and awe.

But you don’t have to travel halfway around the world to get a taste.

Webb & Brown-Neaves Innovation and New Product Designer Joseph Calasara said a New York-inspired home design is all about warehouse, industrial and brownstone vibes.

“Converting old warehouses into luxury lofts and apartments is the popular take on this style, but you can’t limit yourself to this concept because New York is so inspiring and a haven for design and ideas,” he said.

“Living openly, celebrating material honesty, and uncovering instead of hiding are fundamental elements in creating a home inspired by the New York style.

“The aesthetics of the house are based on old warehouses and are a juxtaposition of modern and contemporary elements.

“This style also promotes sustainability and encourages the use of recycled or salvaged materials.”

Mr Calasara said it was important to keep in mind that the style revolved around reusing old warehouse and industrial elements.

“Don’t use any major material other than steel mills, raw concrete and recycled brick – materials that can withstand many uses and the harsh conditions of the warehouse – and add wood to create heat,” he said.

Mr Calasara said a thoughtful interior is essential to the New York look.

“Careful planning and adherence to the elements of this style is paramount,” he said.

“Think about the basic elements of this style – leave it raw, expose and don’t hide, re-use and recycle old furniture and materials and celebrate the honesty of the material.”

For many people, when you think of New York apartments, you think of the small living spaces, and Mr. Calasara said maximizing space is important to achieving a New York-style residence.

“Because of the limited floor space, be careful not to waste your valuable property by creating non-functioning spaces and walking down long passageways and corridors,” he said.

“Open up the living areas and add natural light, ventilation, and expanded outdoor entertainment to the room. Make sure you don’t feel like you’re in a tight compartment. “

Mr. Calasara referred to Webb & Brown-Neaves’ most recent construction, The Highline, named after New York’s legendary park, as an example of the design styles in practice.

“It’s a nontraditional take on New York style as we are concerned with the concept of promoting sustainability, industrial and biophilic design, inspired by New York’s famous Highline Park,” he said.

“The Highline is designed to be open, with no pronounced narrow passageways and corridors, and enables a central courtyard to open up the space to the outside environment. It is a climate responsive design and a high performance home that allows the home to live in harmony with nature. “

CONTACT Webb & Brown-Neaves, 9208 9000, www.wbhomes.com.au

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