For a young family relocating from NYC's ultra-hip SoHo neighborhood to the esteemed Upper East Side, architect Kevin Lichten of local firm Lichten Craig collaborated with interior designer Celerie Kemble on a bold gut reno that brings a bit of downtown cool to the reimagined uptown pad. Profiled in the latest issue of Veranda, the resulting three-bedroom apartment on Park Avenue is filled wall to wall with provocative colors and shapes, a dynamic upgrade from the SoHo home engulfed in "taupes and grays."
Beyond a dramatic foyer donning oxblood grass sheath and a red-and-white "ice cream parlor-esque" kitchen, one particularly intriguing design moment is the spectacular blue dining room-cum-library. The square-shaped space, marked by intricate coffered ceilings designed by Lichten and a ravishing cornflower blue color selected by Kemble, is vibrant in daylight and intimate at night time. Plus, the photograph by Brian McKee, mounted between bookshelves, is most definitely, as Veranda notes, like "a portal into another dimension." Get the full tour here.