“For me less is always more,” dressmaker Yigal Azrouël informed WWD over the cellphone from Los Angeles.
It could be a style cliché, however that mantra yielded stylish minimalist design outcomes when it got here to the renovation of his duplex, set in an enviable Greek Revival townhouse in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village, that he simply listed for near $6 million.
For the redesign, he turned to product and inside designer Dror Benshetrit — somebody he has collaborated with on a number of enterprise initiatives, together with his first boutique within the Meatpacking District and an interactive artwork set up for his 2009 males’s present.
The remit for the rather more private fee was to spin a contemporary twist on the 200-year-old property, whereas remaining true to its historic roots, though the duo didn’t know precisely what they have been going to do till they demolished the entire inside area to present them a clean canvas to work from.
That clean canvas, it turned out, impressed the aforementioned “less is more” look, with the ultimate product feeling extra like a SoHo loft than a Greenwich Village townhouse due to beamed excessive ceilings, extensive hardwood flooring, flashes of brick and huge home windows, permitting pure gentle to flood the condo.
A customized steel-framed floating staircase, utterly redesigned utilizing Californian-sourced wooden and taking heart stage in the lounge, needs to be the stand-out function inside, though a Benshetrit-designed darkish blue peacock chair, similar to 1 that appeared in a Rihanna music video, offers it a run for its cash and positively catches the attention when set in opposition to the minimalist backdrop.
The pièce de résistance of the four-bedroom, 3,000-square-foot property, nevertheless, needs to be a sprawling non-public deck full, with its personal hammock and nestled within the treetops.
“It’s amazing what we did outdoors. For me, it doesn’t even feel like a townhouse. It feels like being in Provence or somewhere with a lot of nature,” mentioned Azrouël. “You’re right on the park. It’s an amazing location and I can’t ask for more.”
However whereas he could not have the ability to ask for extra by way of this property, his first dwelling renovation endeavor has given him a style for it and he is able to sink his enamel into a brand new problem. Alas, he has determined to promote up and the duplex is listed with dealer Robert Dankner, president of Prime Manhattan Residential.
“I want to build another home and I have an opportunity to do something so I decided why not. It’s something that I like to do and I feel like I’m good at it. I enjoy the process,” concluded Azrouël.