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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January 3, 2015
Open to dining
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January 6, 2014
butlers pantry design, built-in design, artichoke light fixture
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like the built in wall cabinet
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built in, color chair
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Built in sideboard
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Off the kitchen...maybe with a pocket door
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April 8, 2013
Traditional, yet modern. Parquet floors with white wood cabinets. Lots of nice touches all around.
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January 27, 2013
Big opening between kitchen and dining
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built-in china cabinet
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dining room built-ins
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Lamp again
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love the new elements in traditional space
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door molding
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storage along stairs
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great built in china closet
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love the built in
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pantry wall
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Love the built ins and the moldings.
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February 17, 2011
kitchen...white with cabinets
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built in wall cabinets
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China hutch
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passage entrance
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star layout
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brooklyn brownstone painted white
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Another view, showcasing the layer of mod added to the home's traditional structure.
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September 6, 2009
If you don't have the luxury of a home office, a crisp, clean, well-lit and quiet kitchen table is a great place for takin' care of business!
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