You’re The Top

You’re The Top

I recently redesigned the elevators at The Townsend Building at 1123 Broadway, which is a historic building in the NoMad neighborhood of Manhattan. Kew Managment featured this project on their website, which I include below.

The building was designed in 1896 and has Historic Landmark Status. There are great architectural details inside and out. I chose to draw cues from both the original structure and some of the changes that have occurred over the last 120 years.

You can see from the photos that there are many gorgeous details that remain.

Stair hall, facade and lobby of The Townsend Building at 1123 Broadway

The lobby walls are Calacatta marble, with gray accents and there are details in the floor of a copper colored stone. This is where I drew inspiration for the elevator materials. I interpreted this with a man-made product from Porcelanosa that will be extremely easy to maintain, as it is not porous like stone. There are elegant brass reveals that I used in between stone in the same manner.

Details from the existing lobby of The Townsend Building at 1123 Broadway

The design intent was not to replicate the past, but to create a bright, modern elevator that uses cues from the existing, yet feels fresh and new.

elevator, new york, historic buidlng, 1123 Broadway

The new elevators which have given this building a lift.

The article below from Kew Management explains more.

Barry Goralnick Gives the Townsend Building a Design Lift

Monday March 19, 2018

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Yesterday I toured the AD Home Show on Pier 92 in Manhattan and picked a dozen of my new favorite products. Some of them are practical and some are decorative, but they are all pretty exciting.

Barry Goralnkick, AD Home Show

Wood and Resin Dining Table from Contemporary Ecowood

Gold Leaf Porcelain Tableware by Daniel Levy

Elegant Cabinet Pull From Debra Folz

New Crystal Sink from Franke with Glass Panel covering the drain. Because who wants to see the drain?

Whimsical Wallpaper from Nottene. This one is from Scandinavian towns. Great for a kid’s room.

Floor Lamp, Brass. Modern Lighitng

Chic Brass and Black Floor Lamp from Simon Johns

Ilve makes appliances in a host of colors with different metals. Everyone knows I am a fan of gold.

Beautiful Floral Wallpaper from Aimee Wilder

Nifty little brass sconce by Allied Maker

I always love these simple switches from Forbes & Lomax

Plaster, Gilding, Gilt, Provedence, Barry Goralnick, Ben Watkins

Gorgeous White Plaster Wall Sculpture with Gilding by Ben Watkins of Providence.

And this was my favorite dining room at Dining by Design for DIFFA. By Gensler and Associates, this setting was lovely and poetic – the spectrum of rainbow colored paper cranes signifying peace and understanding.

I got lots of new ideas from the AD Home Show this year – enough for “A Million Dreams.”  And when it comes to inspiration, too much is “Never Enough.”

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Searching for (and finding) Donna

I recently had a reunion with Donna Karan at the New York Cottages & Gardens Innovation In Design Awards at the Rainbow Room. I received the Readers’ Choice Award  for the Cate Clustering Cocktail Tables designed for Vanguard Furniture, and Donna was honored as the Innovator of the 2017 NYC&G IDAS.  It was especially meaningful to share the honors with her, since we have a long history together.

My first job in New York was at Wayne Berg Architect. We were a firm of three, and we worked on some very high profile projects. Some were contract, like the Anne Klein showroom, Bill Blass showroom and various stores and offices. We also designed some  exclusive residential projects, like the apartment of Salomon Brothers CEO, John Gutfreund and his wife, Susan at River House.

Since it was a small office, we each did everything: design, draw, make models, meet the clients, and make site visits. It was a lot of responsibility for someone of 24, but I loved it and I learned a huge amount about every aspect of being an architect.

The Anne Klein showroom was especially fun to design. Donna Karan and Louis dell’Olio were the young designers who inherited the mantel when Anne passed away, and they wanted to give the showroom a whole new look.

Donna Karan, Louis dell’Olio, and Wayne Berg

We used natural materials to create a neutral background for the clothes. The space was bisected by a travertine wall that created an entry foyer and a showroom space to host buyers. The materials were stone, suede, leather, and the wall finishes were sprayed to look like stone.

All the walls were wrapped with lacquered rails that added a sense of scale and were used to hang clothes for display.

A pavilion displays accessories along with the clothes.

Donna went on to the conquer the couture world with her own brand, Donna Karan. Louis has consulted for many companies.

In the next few years, I went on to work for Robert AM Stern and then opened my own firm. I remained friendly with Wayne, who was one of the most important mentors in my life – for many years, we had a regular lunch date and shared ideas about the future of design. Unfortunately, Wayne Berg passed away at the early age of 52. He was one of the kindest, most talented men I have ever known.

Collaborating with Wayne and Donna was stimulating, surprising, and rewarding. We shared ideas about design and about life. I often think about the mind-meld we all had on this project, and how lucky I was to work with both of them.


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