Every once in a while, a simple cosmetic renovation becomes something much more special. That’s precisely what happened when these homeowners—a doctor and a creative producer—purchased an Upper East Side co-op ripe for an overhaul and brought on Idan Naor (founder of Inworkshop, a New York–based architecture and design firm) to bring their vision to life.
The apartment’s small rooms and closed-off floor plan didn’t make sense for the couple’s lively lifestyle—planning for a post-pandemic future, they desired multifunctional spaces in which to host friends for craft cocktails, lush meals, and vibrant conversation. With very little light, outdated ornamental columns, and cloistered location, the kitchen was not conducive for entertaining. “They were interested in pivoting the visual language of the existing space,” Idan explains. “Opening things up and getting rid of those clear demarcations,” he adds.