Abelow Sherman Architects LLC
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Abelow Sherman Architects LLC

FORBES TOWNHOUSE Park Slope, Brooklyn Abelow Sherman Architects Partner-in-Charge: David Sherman Contractor: Top Drawer Construction Photographer: Mikiko Kikuyama Completed: 2007 Project Team: Rosie Donovan, Mara Ayuso This project upgrades a brownstone in the Park Slope Historic District in a distinctive manner. The clients are both trained in the visual arts, and have well-developed sensibilities about how a house is used as well as how elements from certain eras can interact visually. A lively dialogue has resulted in a design in which the architectural and construction interventions appear as a subtle background to the decorating. The intended effect is that the structure of each room appears to have a “timeless” quality, while the fit-ups, loose furniture, and lighting appear more contemporary. Thus the bathrooms are sheathed in mosaic tile, with a rough texture, and of indeterminate origin. The color palette is generally muted. The fixtures however are modern Italian. A kitchen features rough brick walls and exposed wood beams, as crooked as can be, while the cabinets within are modernist overlay slabs of walnut veneer. Throughout the house, the visible components include thick Cararra marble, new mahogany windows with weights-and-pulleys, new steel sash windows and doors, and period light fixtures. What is not seen is a state-of-the-art infrastructure consisting of a new hot water plant, structured cabling, new electrical service and plumbing piping. Because of an unusual relationship with its site, there is no backyard to speak of, only an eight foot deep space between the building’s first floor extension and the property line. In order to offset this problem, a series of Ipe wood decks were designed, and very precisely built to less than 1/8 inch tolerance. There is a deck of some kind on each floor from the basement to the third floor. On the exterior, the brownstone facade was completely restored. All of this was achieve

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Rotsen Furniture
Hello snuggerrudd,

Such top can be made with a variety of species. Rotsen Furniture works with Walnut, Tamburiuva, Mango, Peroba and many other. Please visit our website at www.rotsenfurniture.com for some examples. We can send a few images by email if you want.
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Sorry, just recently joined. The top slab looks like a Walnut to me. The best place that I know for a source would be @ www.berkshireproducts.com. Huge selection and a great place to look around.
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orlan wrote:
what type of material is the pinboard element ?

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Often, offices in new homes get the short end of the stick when it comes to decor. Because they're hidden away, they're an afterthought and end up with a random selection of furniture, piles of paperwork and way too many electrical cords. But wouldn't it be better to work in a space that's as thoughtful and attractive as the rest of the house? This is the kind of room that's conducive to really great work. New floors and neat white walls are a perfect match for an organic, rough wood counter acting as a desk. Sleek architectural lines and modern chairs keep the room feeling uncluttered while the shelves, full of pottery, photos and souvenirs, tell a thousand stories.
"the desk is beautiful." (bltd) "This is the kind of room that's conducive to really great work. New floors and neat white walls are a perfect match for an organic, rough wood counter acting as a desk. Sleek architectural lines and modern chairs keep the room feeling uncluttered while the shelves, full of pottery, photos and souvenirs, tell a thousand stories." (kitpollard) "enough room for two & lots of shelves."(mandi9499)
Kit Pollard added this to 15 Popular Design Trends on Houzz
14. Wood. Natural materials are a big hit with you, especially wood that hasn't been finished beyond all recognition.
Niche Interiors added this to Trends with Staying Power
Amazing! The wood slab adds interest and texture to this modern office.
Becky Harris added this to Do You Personalize Your Workspace?
This clean modern space brings in personality through collections on the shelves and the rugged repurposed wood surface.
Long open shelves along an entire wall are a good option.
Natalie Myers added this to Crazy Cool Shelves
This combination of wall-to-wall shelving and a desk makes for an attractive and productive use of wall space. The pinboard element behind the shelves is conducive to brainstorming.

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Just like the idea of a different type of desk surface, not necessarily this surface.
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a desk for two
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Long open shelves for office! Great idea.
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Super cool wall desk!!! Kitchen area?
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creative idea
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The best place that I know for a source would be @ www.berkshireproducts.com. Huge selection ----table
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