Grand Elegance

spaces #5

New York, NY

Interior Designer Ildiko Sragli and Barry Appelman bought a duplex loft on Murray Street in Lower Manhattan in April 2001. Nearly 15 years later, the neighborhood has literally grown remarkably, as businesses and tenants move in and new buildings have sprouted from desolate urban plots. “All of these buildings are new,” Sragli says, gesturing at the bursting skyline from the vast window of her living room. Sragli is no stranger to transformation. She came to the United States from Hungary as a political refugee in 1986 and soon earned her interior-design degree from Parsons School of Design in New York. “I’m totally aware that this is amazing,” she says, walking through her pièce de résistance, a 6,700-square-foot (2,042-square-meter) apartment. “I used to live in a closet.” The gut renovation, which took about three years to complete, resulted in a modernist glass box atop a 12-story building. “I really wanted to keep it simple and logical,” the interior architect says of the spatial scheme. Although the design underwent many changes, one feature remained constant from start to finish: the USM Haller furniture system, which Sragli chose for the way its steel-and-glass construction seems to blend into the surrounding cityscape and for its versatility. “I wanted to have the same aesthetics in both the live and work environment yet not feel that it was a sacrifice in either direction.”

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