Based in London, a couple who work as lawyers bought a 680 square foot pied-a-terre in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Next to the Hudson River, in a quiet location, the apartment had lots of appeal for them, in spite of the water-damaged floors, dated fixtures and appliances. Having heard that the designers of Workstead were meticulous with their work, they knew that they’d be perfect for the job of maximizing their one-bedroom apartment in both its functionality and style.

As an avid cook, the husband was adamant about having a well-designed kitchen, rotisserie oven included. That meant that the team at Workstead had to find a way to expand the kitchen into the living room while maintaining some fluidity and coherence. They spent most of their time on the project designing the custom millwork that extended from the newly expanded kitchen into the living room/dining room area. When we say dining area, we don’t mean a little corner with a dining table– in this case, they included an elevator coffee table which lifts up and expands to accommodate more guests.

Thinking of the space as a “wooden jewel” box every single square inch of design had to be thoughtfully planned to function as a “Swiss army knife”.  They designed a built-in bed with bedside storage, to help add more space for the couple’s organizing needs. A custom-milled cover for the AC unit extends into a desk area. The idea was to not just create a space that felt comfortable and welcoming to the couple when they came to visit but to take it a step further and perhaps become their main home of residence for when they retired.