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At 750 square feet and situated on the top floor of a 1938 art deco edifice, Greene’s bachelor co-op was pretty sizable by city standards — it even had an extra foot of ceiling height, a sunken living room and a “little entry hallway that contributed to a sense of discovery,” he says. He liked it from the start, save for some cosmetic concerns. “It looked like the set of Three’s Company," Greene says. "It hadn’t been touched since the ’70s. Wall-to-wall green shag carpeting covered the floors.”
Although sleeping quarters were ample, the apartment’s previous layout hadn’t accommodated much storage space, and a home office was nonexistent. So Greene designed an ingenious built-in system spanning the length of the bedroom’s far wall, around the room’s only windows, with multiple functions in mind.
Not only did it contain a desk, keeping Greene’s files out of view and housing his computer printer, but the unit was a near seamless integration, he says, “even though it surrounded the window and the room's depth decreased by 18 inches.” A Thomas O’Brien small Hicks pendant anchors the scene.
Facing the bed sits a midcentury Danish hutch filled with Greene’s personal accoutrements. “It was the first big piece of furniture I ever bought,” he says.
Greene has now sold this Chelsea apartment in a move he calls bittersweet. His transition to a smaller one-bedroom in nearby Greenwich Village has roused him to embark on another decorating journey.
"This time I'll be renovating the bath and kitchen and making the space much more modern and streamlined," he says. He insists his new digs will still bear his design sensibilities, but his signature integration of texture and pattern will be subtler. His influences this go-round? “I’ve been really inspired by Richard Meier’s boldness and projects by the Shelton Mindel firm.”
So, what else is next for Greene? Perhaps he’ll get the chance to work with a musician, something he’s always wanted to do. “I’m also inspired by music," he says. "A singer probably has an interesting process.”
Photos by Adam Macchia