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Christoff: Finio Architecture Continues Excellence In NYC Interior Design and Renovation

Christoff: Finio Architecture Continues Excellence In NYC Interior Design and Renovation

Christoff: Finio Architecture caught my eye two years ago and resulted  in this post on their work featuring their renovation and rooftop addition projects, as well as their selection of finish materials. I recently caught up with their more recent work, worthy of an update here. I just love the diversity of their work in New York City and hope to have the chance to work with them on one of their projects soon.


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Park Avenue Apartment Renovation

Located in a distinguished Schwartz and Gross pre-war Park Avenue residential building from 1926, this 4000 square foot renovation for a young family of five sought to balance two competing needs.

First was the need to provide ample display space for the clients’ burgeoning contemporary art collection, integrating it into all aspects of the entire family’s daily life. In response, each room contains at least one large wall scaled and lit appropriately for contemporary work.

The second driver was a desire to reconnect the divided wings of an outdated apartment layout into a more open, contemporary and free-flowing space. This was accomplished by the demolition of decorative walls separating what were once strictly Public, Living, and Service wings common to the era, and replacing them with a series of free standing partitions, allowing the space, light and circulation to continue around them. Arranged in a T-shaped pattern, these partitions provide privacy without enclosure, and are thickened, allowing for storage within. As a result of this arrangement, new visual connections are created between spaces and the formerly segregated zones are physically and experientially reconnected with each other.

Finding the balance between old and new – privacy and display – this project seeks to redefine the classic Park Avenue home for a contemporary Manhattan family.

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New York, New York

Steven Alan Flagship Retail Renovation Architecture Interior Design

For its New York City flagship store, boutique retailer Steven Alan chose a space opposite the elevated High Line park in the city’s iconic Meatpacking District, a neighborhood whose historically industrial character has been peppered with art galleries and park goers.  The design of the store intends to marry the location to the Steven Alan brand.  The space itself was delivered as a raw shell.  In keeping with the true rawness of the space, the materials for the store fixtures were chosen for their straightforward utility- marine grade plywood, raw concrete, and black steel pipes were detailed with an unexpected twist, similar to the concept of a classic Steven Alan shirt.  The unapologetic roughness of the utilitarian display is intended to make the clothing more precious in contrast.

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New York, New York

Photographer Penthouse Renovation Rooftop Addition Design Architecture

The client for this project had a simple request: to reclaim his coveted view of the Hudson River, which was eclipsed by the construction of two new residential towers to the northwest along the West Side Highway. By building a modest indoor and outdoor space above his roof, views of the river to the southwest would be recaptured over the adjacent buildings. A sense of privacy from the adjacent industrial building to the south was also important, so motorized screens are incorporated into the structure that independently draw both a vertical and horizontal curtain across the outdoor deck, offering variation and flexibility between interior and exterior. This space above the rooftops is intended as an environment for solitary thought, or an intimate gathering of friends. It is at once an escape from – and celebration of – New York City.

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