Sunday, October 7, 2012

Perfect Patina

I love anything with a good patina.  Not quite as much as John Derian though.  His new East Village apartment featured in T magazine is a study in how to renovate without making everything look brand new while diminishing the possibility of an electrical fire. In his hands, a former sculpture studio has become a home that doesn't ignore its former life as a factory or the neighborhood's early tenements. This country's contractors could learn a few things from John Derian. 



Living room before. 


Kitchen before. 


Bedroom before. 




Bathroom before. 

Photos by William Abranowicz 

11 comments:

caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

ahhh this is so beautiful! hope you're having a lovely weekend! xo

About Margas said...

So picturesque! Looks like a set for a romantic art house film.

Fashion-isha said...

I think an old patina looks great in pics but sometimes living with it is annoying if you like everything to look crisp and clean!
Have a great week!
xo
Sharon

Tricia Rose said...
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Tricia Rose said...

This reminds me of pictures of bomb-damaged rooms in London and Berlin after the war: people made the best of things with what they had, even if a wall were missing...

jayneonweedstreet said...

Movie set...okay! Photo spread.....yes! Live in it? Oh no, no, no! Especially the bathroom.

MJH Design Arts said...

I love original patina on furniture. Not so much on surfaces that need to be kept somewhat sanitary--it's hard to clean patina without removing it. But I do love this space and the old world European feel.
Thanks, Mary

Wind and Water said...

I dream of owning a warehouse to renovate that has a timber and brick blend. When it's mine I shall never live anywhere else.

Wind and Water said...

Divine and with amazing foresight. I dream of living on a warehouse with a timber and brick blend. It breathes romance and creativity. Modern clean lines don't imbue that character that vintage abodes reflect. Thanks for the post I read your blog every time, never miss. Thanks for being an amazing collector of beautiful objects and homes.

CarolAnne - camdesign said...

totally want this space... amazing!

nuveasantoscobb said...

Oh, my. That bathroom before photo reminded me of my younger days visiting friends in NYC!
Love the creamy whites he preserved on the walls and how it looks now.

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