Great Rooms

A visual diary by Design Editor Wendy Goodman.

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    A Tribeca Loft With a Kitchen Swing and an Old Convent Door“Everything changes in this house,” says its owner, Grimanesa Amorós, who has filled it with her organic light sculptures.
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    What Happens When an Architect Designs Their Own Family GetawayTwo different upstate homes — one modern, one cozy.
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    From a Decaying Bohemian Skylit Garret to a Modern HomeKay Lee and Jonathan Chong were beguiled by this Village walk-up owned by artists for decades. But then they had to live in it.
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    Lili Chemla’s West Village Apartment Has a Tub With a ViewIt’s as cozy and elegant as her fashion line, Leset, and she insisted on keeping the sticky old windows for charm.
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    Havana-Influenced In Washington HeightsAdam Rolston’s Deco co-op looks across to the Palisades.
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    How Luam Melake, Designer of Furniture with Feelings, Furnishes her Harlem Co-opIt’s a three-bedroom; she works in two of them.
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    Let the Light InPeter Vits and Zoe Vidali opened up their Noho triplex with a 27-foot-high atrium.
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    A Prewar Studio Made Suitable for TwoKristoffer Cusick and Dan Hickle bought the 600-square-foot West Village co-op as a pied-à-terre, then redid it to live in it.
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    What the Gallerists Brought HomeHow Patrick Parrish and Alex Gilbert decided what they wanted to live with in their Clinton Hill apartment.
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    Floating Bedrooms in a Williamsburg LoftMatt Spangler asked architect Keith Burns for more space and light in his new place: Before and after photos.
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    Push and Pull on a Park Avenue Co-op RenovationInterior designer Olivia Song’s clients were a couple with “polar opposite” tastes: he liked contemporary, she was more traditional.
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    The Entirely Affordable, Cheerfully Modernist El Borinquen in the BronxNonprofit developer Comunilife teamed up with Alexander Gorlin Architects.
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    Bethann Hardison’s Home Has Many Stories to TellShe challenged a stubbornly un-diverse fashion world, ran a modeling agency, and soon has a documentary coming out about her life.
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    Curbed’s 10 Most-Read ‘Great Rooms’ Stories in 2022They include a medieval triplex, his-and-hers apartments, and Wendy Goodman’s own apartment of 27 years.
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    A Mod, Mix-It-Up English Country Cottage in the West VillageSasha Bikoff warned her husband of her decorating plans, “I’m going to go kind of crazy here.”
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    In Praise of the ‘Good Life’ Modernism of Barbie’s 1979 A-FrameAn excerpt from Barbie Dreamhouse: An Architectural Survey
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    He Transformed His LES Apartment To Feel Like His Minnesota Childhood Home.Artist and set designer Steven Hammel’s cozy nostalgia.
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    The Day Wendy Goodman Moved Out of Her Apartment of 27 Years“I’d always thought that I’d be carried out feet first.” Then the brownstone she rented in was sold, and she had to sort through life.
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    Invite an Artisan to Holiday DinnerAn eye-popping excerpt from the new book At the Artisan’s Table.
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    These Obsessive Collectors Fill Their Homes With Chicken Pottery and PrototypesAn excerpt from Sight Unseen’s How to Live With Objects.
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    Móyòsórè “Moyo” Martins Makes Art At Night In A Former Bronx Furniture FactoryHe painted the skylights black and has furniture from Tim Burton’s Batman movie.
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    This “Not-Handy” Couple Really Didn’t Think They Wanted to Buy a TownhouseBefore and after photos.
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    The Art Is Always Changing in Michael and Susan Hort’s Live-in Museum in TribecaYou can even sit on some of it!
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    This Maximalist Bronx Condo Is All About FreedomAt home with John Goodman. An excerpt from Bryan Mason and Jeanine Hays’s new book, AphroChic.
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    This Might Be The Most Bohemian Family Home Left in the Village.Artist and archivist Kore Yoors, the son of the artist Jan Yoors, tends to the family legacy.
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    A Rooftop Escape for the ParentsDavid Weinstone and Nicole Tierney added a sleek modernist hat atop their 1899 Carroll Gardens family home.
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    Proustian and EpicureanAriane Ruskin Batterberry and her late husband, Michael, founders of Food & Wine, moved into this apartment in 1969.
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    Second Time Around in Kips BayAamir Khandwala and Atif Toor’s refreshed their postwar co-op. I wrote about the last refresh too.
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    The It’s-Not-a-Problem ApartmentSarah and Adam Meister’s walnut-walled mid-century apartment has a dining/ping-pong table for the kids.
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    From a Big Loft to a Bright-Blue StudioPam Sommers’s joyful tale of downsizing (with room for 1,000 books).
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    Making Things Work in GreenpointArtist Austin Lee’s quirky, happy home.
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    Before and After in Bed-StuyLaura Higby and Rebecca Stubbs knew their new 19th-century brownstone would be beautiful. A look at the work that got it there.
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    Todd Oldham’s Place in the PoconosIt’s a patchwork of new and old ideas and … it’ll never be finished.
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    Bunny Heaven in WilliamsburgRachel Nuwer and Paul Dix’s 2,300-square-foot rooftop garden is home to bees, trees, crickets, and gamboling rabbit friends.
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    A Garden in the PinesDr. Sumner Freeman and Dr. Roy Yeager’s four-decades-in-the-making Fire Island oasis.
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    The Usonian LifeLena Stringari works at the Frank Lloyd Wright–designed Guggenheim Museum and owns a house in a community upstate inspired by Wright’s ideas.
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    Ask Mr. Mickey About His ApartmentFor 30 years, Mickey Boardman has lived in this lower-Manhattan walk-up filled with many of his favorite things.
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    What Wendy Goodman Loved at This Year’s Milan Furniture FairThe off-site wonders and provocative installations of the design world’s biggest showcase.
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    A Debonair Gut Reno of a Bohemian East Village Co-op: Before and After PhotosTech entrepreneur Matt Hackett and designer Archie Archambault remade an apartment in the storied Onyx Court.
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    Take a Meeting With Julio Torres in His New Greenpoint Office“I need to be surrounded by the things I like and to be visually stimulated in order to function.”
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    Misha Kahn’s Sunset Park Studio Is Home to Robots and a Night Possum“You need talented people and talented machines” says the artist.
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    An Op-Art Womb of a Loft In Los AngelesJoseph Giovannini’s extreme home makeover: “Realism is not my deal.”
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    A Fidi Loft With Room for the Pokémon: Before and After PhotosArchitect Shane Neufeld’s streamlined renovation for Yuan Jiang and William Chen.
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    Mort & Me in Bed-StuyThe artist Simone Bodmer-Turner lives in this apartment of her own devising with her rescue dog, Mort.
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    Let’s Make Our New Townhouse Feel Like This Biophilic HotelThe couple who bought this new townhouse loved the natural feel of 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, so they hired its architects.
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    The Couple That Built Very Different, His and Hers Apartments, Side by SideShe collects stuff, he likes pared-down traditionalist Japanese rooms. After years of marriage, Dorothy and Stephen Globus grew apart. What to do?
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    Joni Mitchell, Meet Edith WhartonMusician Chase Cohl checked into the Lafayette House early in the pandemic — and never left.
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    Quilts, Nan Goldin, and a Cello-Shaped DresserArtist Sam Roeck’s Williamsburg apartment is full of art he made, art by his friends and family, and many quilts.
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    Saving the Modernist Scull House in the HamptonsDesigner Lisa Perry has restored it and is turning it into Onna House, a gallery for women artists.
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    A Neo-Moderne Reinvention of a Derelict Village House, Abandoned for 10 YearsBefore and after photos.
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