Upper East Side Townhouse No. 1, New York, NY

Located on a discreet block on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, this brick townhouse was completely renovated for a family with a generous social life. The family’s art and design collection—with a focus on postwar Italian modernism—enlivens the home throughout.

The ground floor includes a large open kitchen with a bronze and transparent glass window wall that echoes the entry vestibule. End grain fir block flooring gives the space a rich materiality. A collection of vintage glass pendant lamps punctuates the room. Through the large bronze glass-doors, a two-level rear garden features a concrete plinth that steps down to a brick lower level with a custom bronze and glazed lava stone table. A muted gray brick wall encloses the garden with simple plantings.

A deep blue carpet gives a white ribbon staircase a highly graphic quality, and unites the house floor-to-floor. On the private floors, all the family’s activities are graciously accommodated with spaces that reflect how they live. The roof features a small study and an intimate deck surrounded by a three-season garden with an abundant mix of edible, decorative, and native plants.

Completed 2018

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Key People
Deborah Berke
Catherine Bird, Project Lead
Aaron Plewke, Project Manager
Caroline Wharton Ewing, Interiors Lead

Collaborating Firms
Deborah Berke Partners – Architect, Interior Designer
Old Structures Engineering PC – Structural Engineer
Kohler Ronan Consulting Engineers – MEP Engineer
Renfro Design Group – Lighting Designer
Kimberly Von Koontz Landscapes – Landscape Designer