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

What Houzz contributors are saying:

What I love here is how you can have a hodgepodge of different furniture and yet it comes together well because it's focused around the fireplace. The table serves as the main decor piece. Can't you just picture kids sitting around that table playing cards or board games while parent sit on the mismatched furniture and chat? It seems perfectly cozy but without the fireplace it just wouldn't be the same, would it?

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lyndapak added this to Dream Home Ideabook
March 7, 2014
similar config at 106 bainbridge
mos571 added this to mos571's ideas
October 29, 2013
blue womb chair
wescotte added this to wescotte's ideas
July 17, 2013
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May 18, 2013
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March 4, 2013
Lay out examples
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January 27, 2013
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November 21, 2012
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November 19, 2012
Two columns
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November 16, 2012
Tontz Construction added this to Inspirational Ideas
July 18, 2012
Use of columns to separate rooms
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June 7, 2012
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June 5, 2012
fluted pillars
sueboyette added this to sueboyette's ideas
May 27, 2012
pillars and fireplace
Kelly Skaller added this to kelly_skaller's ideas
May 18, 2012
open floor plan
liztip added this to transom
May 10, 2012
another way to fix the pass-through between living rm and other using columns AND
cjbaby7 added this to Our Bremerton
May 1, 2012
if we need a wall/beam
gevans67 added this to gevans67's Favorites
April 29, 2012
Mix of old fp & modern interior
jenh added this to New York Dreams
April 16, 2012
Columned room divider
clarehuntington added this to clarehuntington's ideas
April 8, 2012
I like how these rooms relate to each other.
almag added this to brownstone
February 20, 2012
Open feeling
Christine added this to Dream a little dream of....
January 29, 2012
love the pop of blue in that chair color
kataomoi added this to Furniture
January 25, 2012
shero added this to shero's interiors + interior ideas
January 3, 2012
Forbes townhouse N.Y. eclectic mix throughout nice sequence
pacificavenue added this to Fireplace
December 12, 2011
i like the mantel
jessica5984 added this to Living Rooms!
December 2, 2011
Love how this room comes together... very pretty and simple...
agottlieb added this to agottlieb's ideas
September 25, 2011
tiamariah added this to tiamariah's ideas
August 21, 2011
blue chair
tash007 added this to tash007's ideas
May 24, 2011
mishtwu added this to living room
May 9, 2011
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March 8, 2011
madrasgypsy added this to Entry/ Mudroom
February 20, 2011
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January 15, 2011
fxr760 added this to fxr760's ideas
December 16, 2010
ctorres1979 added this to dining room
October 30, 2010
warof1812 added this to Fireplace
August 26, 2010
Mantle posts tie in to arch posts
reodwall added this to media room
June 19, 2010
mavgirl74 added this to mavgirl74's ideas
September 28, 2009
columns as partition of space
katie hagar added this to favs
May 20, 2009
period details with modern furnishings (love love the blue womb chair)
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