Tuesday, January 19, 2010
As the elevator opens into this 7th floor condo on Spring Street you're immediately drawn to the expanse of glass windows offering amazing views of the Hudson River and surrounding landmark buildings. It's an amazing view that's flawless except for one structural column that breaks up the wall of windows. Clearly, this column needed to be addressed and made a thing of beauty. Working once again with the brilliant Avi Kendi of Metal Dimensions his complex, yet minimal eco-friendly design was arrived at.
From floor to ceiling the entire column was wrapped in sheet metal using an intricate sub-frame of square steel tubing behind which the many wires and electrical outlets for the TV and associated A/V equipment are hidden away. The sheet metal skin was treated to a custom patina process, which beautifully compliments the neopolitan plyboo shelving that floats from its metal backing while allowing the column to disappear behind them.
The shelving was made using 3/4" plyboo and was constructed as a sandwich using an inset spacer to allow us to fit a hand-hammered strip of bronze that wraps around the face of the shelving and cabinets. We edge-banded and ebonized the plyboo to darken it so that it would coordinate with the walnut flooring, the beautiful walnut slab dining table from Hudson Furniture, and the darkened sheet metal wrapping the column. The base cabinet features 2 deep drawers that ride on soft-close hydraulic drawer slides.
This project offered many complications and opportunities for us to overcome obstacles. Standing back and enjoying the sight of this completed project is reward enough... what a view!!!