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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July 7, 2014
Halé G wrote:
fiberglass or aluminum? - are these fiberglass or aluminum?

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Becky Harris added this to EXPOSED! Show Off Your Bricks
I keep going back to this photo. Every line is perfectly crisp and stands out. The black trimmed windows and door say "I am rectangle, hear me roar!" What makes the space so alluring is the contrast of those vertical black-lined rectangles against the whitewashed brick. Superb!
Becky Harris added this to Glass Act: Windows & Doors
This is the same brownstone, and I think these windows and glass door are smashing. The black trim is a great touch.

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kkcary added this to kkcary's Ideas
November 12, 2014
khinlei added this to ideabook
November 2, 2014
chardeanc added this to Kitchen Ideas
October 23, 2014
cabinets, layout
fenglinlfl added this to kitchen
October 9, 2014
cabinet and countertop
kimberlyontour added this to hi-po remodel ideas
September 21, 2014
similar layout to our kitchen (except on a smaller scale - more windows that go higher up, with panes. Like the cabinetry.
smosman44 added this to General Elements
August 17, 2014
Windows and door out to patio space.
suecurrey added this to suecurrey's ideas
August 10, 2014
painted bricks
Donna O'Brien added this to Kitchen
July 20, 2014
Back door
christinarhall added this to christinarhall's Ideas
July 16, 2014
Painted bricks
susangwilliamson added this to susangwilliamson's ideas
July 15, 2014
nstarr917 added this to Tile
June 26, 2014
White brick wall in kitchen
meghaneison added this to Kitchen
June 24, 2014
I like the cabinets and the flooring
bakerinakelly added this to Kitchen
June 19, 2014
Black windows wood cabinets
katrog75 added this to Doors and windows
April 21, 2014
Joann Breen added this to joann_breen's ideas
April 6, 2014
whit brick
suecjoy added this to suecjoy's ideas
April 2, 2014
narrow island table
Megan Ehlers added this to Kitchen
February 25, 2014
White countertops/wood cabinets/clean lines/black accents
balestria added this to balestria's ideas
February 13, 2014
Jo Garcia added this to jo_garcia's Ideas
February 11, 2014
kitchen position and cabinet
onebard added this to Open backwall
February 5, 2014
notbadforalady added this to loft space
January 25, 2014
Blk outlines
pepperdawg added this to pepperdawg's ideas
January 23, 2014
windows and door let light in
sheikhmo added this to sheikhmo's Ideas
December 29, 2013
dirty kitchen door
redpoint5 added this to redpoint5's Favorites
December 11, 2013
nicki777 added this to sleep nook
November 12, 2013
black window trim, white brick
henright added this to tribeca
October 16, 2013
kimkalo added this to kimkalo's ideas
October 7, 2013
ipe natural wood deck (no stain)
pedro2590 added this to Living Room Ideas
October 4, 2013
Black steel doors
dollyg123 added this to den ideas
October 3, 2013
nice idea for kitchen? white brick wall and black window panes?
brookemacdonald added this to kitchens
September 12, 2013
interior brick wall. black modern windows and door. rustic beam on ceiling
carlymiles added this to carlymiles's Ideas
September 7, 2013
Painting brick
cbo208 added this to new apartment ideas
August 31, 2013
black frames really define and anchor. black frame/trim around loft window?
eemack38 added this to Kitchen Ideas
July 30, 2013
windows and floor
darcyhyde added this to kitchen
July 12, 2013
cocoperrin added this to cocoperrin's Ideas
July 10, 2013
carei added this to carei's ideas
July 1, 2013
black windows
nmena27 added this to kitchens
May 19, 2013
Counter tops and wood cabinets
sahairston added this to sahairston's Ideas
May 17, 2013
Patio from kitchen
akonuma added this to kitchen
April 17, 2013
walkerthrash added this to thrash residence
April 16, 2013
Plastered white brick
glamaliciousgirl added this to glamaliciousgirl's ideas
April 1, 2013
Love the black trimmed doors and windows against the stark crisp walls. The floor is amazing!
381pacific added this to 381pacific's ideas
March 28, 2013
jjacobsnyc added this to exposed brick
March 25, 2013
whitewashed brick + steel windows and warm wood cabs
sigalitm10 added this to sigalitm10's ideas
March 16, 2013
חלון ודלת
missheidis added this to black trim
March 11, 2013
black trim
csymok added this to Kitchen
March 7, 2013
Black windows, white countertops, wood stained cabinets
Bosanquet Foley Architects added this to greer
February 20, 2013
white brick & black window frames
amooreinteriordesign added this to COMPTON
February 15, 2013
slender island
helentran added this to helentran's ideas
February 14, 2013
anneme1 added this to stb
February 13, 2013
Venster deur
jeraco added this to paint
February 7, 2013
white brick looks good w/ black and wood
ndkrieger added this to ndkrieger's ideas
January 25, 2013
Nice Kitchen
erica622 added this to Basement 2
January 13, 2013
White brick with black glass doors to exercise room and maybe grey or black barn door to bedroom
lasbaker added this to kitchn
January 8, 2013
sarahmci added this to sarahmci's Ideas
January 3, 2013
Kitchen floor and windows
sarahdal added this to sarahdal's ideas
December 31, 2012
interior door - leading to enclosed porch
karenb1976 added this to karenb1976's ideas
December 28, 2012
small island
Bart Amber added this to lighting - ceiling
December 21, 2012
Ceiling lights
Karen Kemp added this to karen_kemp's ideas
December 8, 2012
I like the wood and rear windows trimmed in black
nvterri added this to nvterri's ideas
November 17, 2012
kitchen show rear
fayb77 added this to Valencia ideas
November 12, 2012
Exposed brick and clean lines - nice contrast
parrishj added this to parrishj's ideas
November 1, 2012
Mosaic floor
karenanne9 added this to kitchen
November 1, 2012
Jane Reeves added this to Jane_Reeves's ideas
September 14, 2012
black windows
lisaheller added this to lisaheller's ideas
August 27, 2012
Window door. small island.
red. added this to Brownstones
August 24, 2012
The materials play beautifully together
Nataly added this to Cuisine
August 10, 2012
découpage noire des fenêtres
Susan added this to Kitchen
July 31, 2012
skinny table island
autrekl3 added this to Kitchen
July 7, 2012
Black trim
carlme added this to carlme's Ideas
July 5, 2012
like it
jorgeemolina added this to jorgeemolina's ideas
July 1, 2012
The white brick wall and exposed bin in the kitchen
Life Dreams added this to Any where indoors
June 26, 2012
Unsure of white painted brick but it catches my eye in this picture.
debo1 added this to debo1's ideas
June 25, 2012
mooklyn added this to mooklyn's ideas
June 24, 2012
Wood tones below, white above
mmmham added this to Kitchen
June 19, 2012
Skinny island
alkaline123 added this to alkaline123's Favorites
June 17, 2012
Four pendants close together
gwwhbw added this to Things I like
June 13, 2012
black windows white brick
sabrinamclure added this to sabrinamclure's ideas
June 1, 2012
sdavidb added this to sdavidb's Favorites
May 28, 2012
Counter n cabinets
househome99 added this to househome99's Favorites
May 22, 2012
Window and door
dhk123 added this to dhk123's ideas
May 21, 2012
black trimmed windows
naan added this to naan's ideas
May 6, 2012
Easy kitchen
lenalng added this to lenalng's Favorites
May 5, 2012
Park slope
artlife added this to shellybahl's ideas
May 3, 2012
kitchen door
rachelbartelsmeyer8 added this to House
April 27, 2012
Black frames for windows/doors
stacygg added this to for Kamala
April 18, 2012
Same counter throughout
geneva50 added this to Kitchen & Floors
April 13, 2012
faerenach added this to Kitchens
March 26, 2012
Can't tell whether it's Japanese or European.
Audrey Hall added this to Studio Ideas
March 25, 2012
aviarypress added this to eating
March 23, 2012
sazzerflee added this to sazzerflee's Favorites
March 18, 2012
Windows and door
Imara Quint added this to imara_quint's ideas
March 16, 2012
nice kitchen
pduxbury added this to pduxbury's ideas
February 20, 2012
kitchen idea for layout
sibbettbrutocao added this to sibbettbrutocao's ideas
February 15, 2012
mtab03 added this to mtab03's Favorites
February 6, 2012
jazzed added this to upstairs kitchen
February 4, 2012
the trim done in a dark color against the brick
Tiffany Barnes added this to Home
January 31, 2012
Love Floor
suebrooks65 added this to suebrooks65's ideas
January 29, 2012
black windows
Nicole Pearson added this to kitchen
January 20, 2012
black windows, cabinets
eguindon added this to eguindon's ideas
January 14, 2012
Window and door... Black
dohpaul added this to Kitchens
December 19, 2011
norichetta added this to norichetta's ideas
December 15, 2011
No pull looks simple and clean.
akphotoart added this to kitchens
December 10, 2011
love black windows & brick walls
treafreak added this to treafreak's Favorites
December 10, 2011
Zwarte ramen
kmarsek added this to kmarsek's ideas
December 2, 2011
tile floor in kitchen
nishasmani added this to nishasmani's Favorites
November 12, 2011
black on white brick
siaz added this to siaz's ideas
October 24, 2011
valjhall added this to valjhall's ideas
October 19, 2011
black trim
jerryhsu added this to 1st-floor layout
September 27, 2011
colors wood cabinet for the kitchen?
pennrealtor added this to pennrealtor's ideas
September 18, 2011
window + door in glass
tjmay added this to tjmay's ideas
August 14, 2011
Mosaic floor; cabinets
hmmokay added this to Bedroom Ideas
August 8, 2011
Double Jeart
starh added this to star's ideas
July 15, 2011
motuaotea added this to motuaotea's ideas
July 15, 2011
bar, granite benchtop with old wooden look. Old materials modern with old.
strat1961 added this to strat1961's Favorites
July 10, 2011
Kids windows
natalie3991 added this to natalie3991's ideas
June 30, 2011
structure on deck
jillhicks added this to jillhicks's ideas
March 30, 2011
dark interior window trim
mstrauss88 added this to Black and White
March 20, 2011
Black windows
dbru22 added this to dbru22's Favorites
March 18, 2011
Small kitchen
scalper23 added this to doors
March 9, 2011
sissycaoying added this to sissycaoying's ideas
March 6, 2011
kingbird added this to kingbird's ideas
February 26, 2011
table island
torchinskyfield added this to vita's ideas
February 23, 2011
simple and beautiful windows
madrasgypsy added this to kitchen
February 20, 2011
lower cabs only
Kayron Brewer, CKD, CBD / Studio K B added this to Misc Architectural Details
February 18, 2011
Windows, Door.
rdrijber added this to rdrijber's ideas
February 16, 2011
Another example of black window casings and light trim
goldilocks added this to goldilocks's ideas
February 10, 2011
elihunz added this to kitchens
January 30, 2011
Horizontal grain on cabinets
Jessica Kerollis added this to Various
January 27, 2011
clean & open
knockballs added this to knockballs's ideas
January 19, 2011
painted brick
stephanieadkins added this to stephanieadkins's Favorites
January 13, 2011
Another example of black trimmed windows
Rebekah Zaveloff | KitchenLab added this to Hi-Contrast Kitchens
December 17, 2010
This is a more subtle example of the same application of black windows on white walls. Creates drama and contrast without being overwhelming.
Callie Miller added this to Scott's kitchen
December 11, 2010
Skinny island...might build something. Could put your trash can under it. Extra storage, work surface, etc.
Woven Concepts added this to Halleh's Kitchen
December 6, 2010
Like color of these cabinets
Alex added this to kitchens
November 5, 2010
floor, window+door, cabinetry, lighting.
karjou added this to karjou's ideas
September 29, 2010
skinny island
just_looking added this to just_looking's ideas
September 22, 2010
i like the tall skinny island in the middle
jeancho added this to Kitchen
September 21, 2010
Simple cabinets wood marble
yumyumx added this to kitchen ideas
September 9, 2010
the windows and door
melisa added this to melisa's ideas
July 26, 2010
maybe brown cabinets
lindsayables added this to designlables kitchen
July 24, 2010
painted brick
olsanchez added this to konyha
July 8, 2010
mozaik padlo
arny769 added this to arny769's ideas
June 30, 2010
open ceiling kitchen painted black idea
Janet Kronbach added this to windows
June 20, 2010
great black trim around modern windows
ncmb added this to ncmb's ideas
May 16, 2010
mransom added this to Kitchens
May 15, 2010
brownstone kitchen w/ small island
simen fornes added this to simen's ideas
May 14, 2010
uten overskap
cfl122 added this to cfl122's ideas
May 7, 2010
nice mosaic floor for downstairs bathroom
bettychanwoo added this to bettychanwoo's ideas
May 2, 2010
modern but rustic... love the colour combo of walnut and white countertop..with the beautiful white walls and black metal frames...
evacsaky added this to evacsaky's ideas
April 11, 2010
exposed brick with texture
Mary Gehling added this to mmag's ideas
January 22, 2010
floor idea for bath/side entry to kitchen
plaids investments added this to plaids's ideas
January 20, 2010
look at that floor
habitantcox added this to habitantcox's ideas
January 7, 2010
very clean, really like the wood choice and grain
akesedesign added this to akesedesign's ideas
December 31, 2009
black window and door frame
chitayat added this to chitayat's ideas
November 24, 2009
Jade added this to jadelwl's ideas
October 30, 2009
exposed ceilings, white brickwork
kathryne added this to kitchen re do
October 29, 2009
launica_ttg added this to launica_ttg's ideas
September 23, 2009
black framed windows, accents
wins457 added this to kitchen favorites
June 23, 2009
white, black soft,sharp natural,prefab JUST BEAUTIFUL.
katie hagar added this to favs
May 20, 2009
steel framed door & window with white brick and wood cabinets
hanh added this to kitchen
May 14, 2009
small space
Julie added this to jbb88's ideas
May 8, 2009
close to what ai want kitchen
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