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Modern Detour | NYC

IMG_1898Hi Folks. My apologies for the absence of content for the past few days, but I was fortunate to have Jim Bixby of 828 Design escort me on a quick and creative design inspired weekend in Manhattan. For 51 years I’ve been wanting to visit the Guggenheim and I was finally able to realize that dream to experience this exhibition building. They are currently hosting a show called “Storylines” which was right up my alley. From their collection they pulled 137813_35d1eb1d16e9d468_bnarrative driven, contemporary art telling a variety of stories by the artists. The Cooper Hewitt Museum of Design featured a great exhibit and tour on Heatherwick Studios, a London-based design firm, call Provocations. The inspiring examples showed what can be accomplished leaving behind standard thinking in building and construction. Finally, we visited the new Whitney Museum of American Art designed by Renzo Piano situated between the end of the High lederman-o05a9997-web_2340Line and the Hudson River and just down from our hotel. Very stunning experience given its relationship to context and a very NY collection of art. A provocative combination and worth a relaxing stroll.

Thanks again to Jim for providing the tour and thanks to Kelly and Matt, here at Modern Asheville Real Estate, for supporting me in taking this inspiring opportunity and continuing to grow our business. Cheers to all!


An apartment in historic Parc Vendome gets a modern makeover SWITCH style.

I recently spent a few fun days in NYC visiting friends and catching up on the latest trends in the city.  One of my hosts was Roy Otwell, co-owner of SWITCH Modern in Atlanta.  He is a big supporter of Modern Asheville and a thoughtful interior designer.  I spent a couple of evenings in his condo in the well known Park Vendome on West 57th a few blocks from Columbus Circle.  He originally liked the building and its proximity to Central Park and the subway lines.

Park Vendome was built in the 1930s and has a old world air about it.  Most of the apartments are quite grand with fireplaces and double height living rooms.  With 570 sqft his smaller and shorter studio apartment provided him all the space he needed to live efficiently in the city.  Roy cleverly took what was one open space and built walls to divide it into zones including a kitchen, bath and dressing area, bedroom and combined living space.  His living and working stage rests on honed absolute granite flooring and all the functional cabinetry is Poliform which he sells through his shop in Atlanta.

Overall, I was struck by the efficiency and thoughtfulness that Roy designed into the space.  Everything was very purposeful and there was no waste.  I was left wishing to see this level of thought and quality products in Asheville downtown condos.

In his bathroom I admired the catalano sink and toilet.  However, it was the Dornbracht hardware that I was drawn to the most.  It was all very simple, elegant and functional with out excess mechanical components.  In otherwords, perfect.  It is sometimes the little things that bring elegance to a space.

Article and photos by Troy Winterrowd