Interior Architecture, the Process

As designers, the nuts and bolts of what we do is problem solving. Every space we take on has its own set of “existing conditions” which we’re faced with. It’s our job to come up solutions that will meet the needs of our clients, both in terms of functionality and their budget concerns. In an apartment in Tribeca we are currently designing, one of the elements of the apartment that needed to be redesigned and reconfigured was the main wall of the large living room. They wanted to add a bar, and a more clutter free environment. Here’s what it looked like Day 1. We like to start our design process by measuring the existing space and drawing the existing furniture plan, as well as the elevations of the walls. This helps us know what’s possible.

The problems we identified are fourfold. Firstly, the fireplace is off center, so there is no focal point for a furniture plan to be grounded by. And there’s too much room for clutter! We clearly need to come up with a design for additional millwork for storage but also to ground the room. The clients hoped to include a bar in the apartment. We identified the perfect location as seen in the photo on the left.We began to search for inspiration photos of interior elevations which we could reference, and demonstrate to the clients how the space could be transformed to accommodate their needs. This one in particular caught our eye. PAGE 3

Photography by Christopher Patey for Domaine

Storage is a priority for the couple who want to be able to put things away and have a feeling of light and airiness instead of using the space to display photos and other accessories. For this reason, we decided to make the bookcases deeper, and to add slide back doors to conceal the TV when no one is watching it. We also wanted to find a way to shorten the wall where the shelves in the existing space are now so that we can create symmetry on either side of the fire place, which will help the room feel more balanced.PAGE 5Photography by Simon Watson

We were inspired by this wonderful bar, tucked away to one side, lit inside, below. We hope to replicate some of its features, except of of course the red paint, which is great here but not so much in the room we are otherwise designing.

PAGE 6Frederic Kielemoes Interior Architect

We love the modernity of these panels, below, and they inspired us to go for a more modern profile on the cabinets.

PAGE 7Bosmans Haarden

Take a look at our elevations, and you can see how we took our inspiration elements and made aspects of them work for this specific space.  Below, you can also see the new furniture plan, anchored by a mantelpiece that is more of a central focal point of the room. Symmetry prevails!PAGE 8We love sharing our work with you all. Everyday brings a new challenge. Thank goodness we love what we’re doing!

  • Sara

    This is going to be one fabulous space. Great layout! I love your “process” posts and learn so much through them. Thank you for sharing so generously!

  • Holli

    This is without question the best blog I know of for actually learning how the interior design business works. Your work is beautiful and I appreciate your willingness to share the process.

  • LCRI

    Wonderful job at creating symmetry and balance. What is happening to the round dining table and six chairs that were in the original floor plan?

  • Massa Global

    Best Interior Design pictures & your work are amazing. Thank you for sharing interior design work and guide to best design plans.

  • Cyndy

    Are the drawings done with Auto CAD ?

  • Kristen D

    I agree with the other comments, I love learning about your process. I hope to see more on the progress of this project!

  • Patricia

    Are you tearing out the fireplace or fooling the eye by building out the other side and using the new mantle to balance it? Hadn’t thought of that, which is why you’re the designers and I’m not. Hope you post photos as the room progresses…