When Erica and Yaron Werber began the renovation + expansion of their Upper West Side apartment in 2014, they knew that a clean Mid-Century style would compliment the Pre-War building’s sensibilities. Taking their current two units and expanding with a third made their dreams of a large entertaining space a reality. “We love to entertain so the focus for the renovation was going to be the kitchen and a new family room where people would feel comfortable gathering. We wanted the entire apartment to feel open and bright, with lots of places for people to sit and hang out.” And bright it is! The opening between the kitchen and family room stretches across all nine of the apartment’s west-facing windows with stunning views of the Hudson river, up to the George Washington Bridge.
The couple worked with Andrew Franz + Anne Mason Kemper of Andrew Franz Architect (AFA) on the overall design and the interiors. Dartom Construction custom made many elements, such as the bronze bar area and all of the kitchen cabinets.
The major challenge when combining three apartments into one was the way different parts of the space puzzle-pieced together. “Squaring off the living room and eliminating its jarring angles restored the room’s classical, pre-war proportions and made it easier to furnish, and simultaneously allowed for the creation of a cozy window seat,” mentions Erica. The views of the Hudson River + Riverside Drive make this design element not only functional but a true gem to watch the change of seasons. AFA’s interior design team incorporated contrasting gold, plum, and crimson accents that really stand out during autumn, when the leaves outside begin changing.
“We invested in a few stunning, special items, like the vintage Angelo Lelli chandelier and Kai Kristiansen chairs in the dining room, and the Serge Mouille chandelier in the family room, as well as a pair of custom couches that would be just the right size for the living area.” By mixing new and vintage pieces with other staple items the couple already had, the space really feels special and curated just for the family.
One of the favorite finds was the John Vogel counter stools from West Elm. They withstand the daily use for this active family of four.
When thinking about the girl’s bedroom, they continued the Mid-Century feel into the space along with pops of bright hues and fresh bedding. The simplistic white finishes of the bedroom furniture creates a great base palate that can be accessorized in many ways as the girl’s style and aesthetic evolves.