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Incredible Manhattan Reno Goes From Drab to 'Monastic'

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After photo by Annie Schlechter/New York Design Hunting

When he first embarked on the gut renovation of his Manhattan apartment, designer (and former Curbed Young Gun!) Ari Heckman was, according to a recent profile in New York Design Hunting, unfazed—despite the fact that the place hadn't been updated in more than six decades. Of course, a renovation this major, even if it only encompasses 700 square feet, is bound to have some troubles; the fourth-floor walk-up had an "awkward layout" with "unforgiving angles and imperfections," plus ugly ceiling tiles and bathroom mold.

Heckman's real estate and design firm in Brooklyn, Ash NYC, was working on 10 other projects at the time (including the transformation of a former strip club in Rhode Island into the stylish Dean Hotel) so Heckman "figured adding a little residential renovation to his to-do list wouldn't be a big deal," wrote Laura Fenton in Design Hunting. During the renovation, which took nine months, Heckman relocated the kitchen and the bathroom, and replaced several closets with cabinetry, in order to "create a corridor of repeating portals leading from the main living space to the bedroom," wrote Design Hunting.

His goal was a "sparse, monastic aesthetic" inspired by the minimalist work of the Belgian architect Vincent Van Duysen and the British designer John Pawson. His all-white walls allow him to change up his art collection, although hopefully he won't touch the gorgeous blue mixed-media work by Bradley William Duncan hanging above his dining room table. More before and after photos of Heckman's renovation, below.

After photo by Annie Schlechter/New York Design Hunting

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