By Lotte Brouwer published
This chic, monochrome penthouse sits in Boston, and boasts crisp, clean edges, a restrained colour palette and oodles of natural light for the perfect modern home.
Designed by Boston-based Hacin + Associates, the new penthouse interior marries the rich architectural character and time-honoured emphasis on craft of historic Boston within a minimalist, contemporary residence.
A dramatic, floating staircase punctuates the main entrance. A glass banister follows the treads up to the upper landing, while cascading strings of lights hang down the stairwell, adding further drama.
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TOP FLOOR LANDING
The main living spaces sit here on the top floor, with the most impressive views of Boston's skyline. Aside from the large glass windows on this floor and in the stairwell that flood the penthouse with natural daylight, there's the striking staircase lighting feature too; strings of lights hanging down from the ceiling like rain.
To the right of the staircase there's an open-plan kitchen and dining space, while to the left there's a large living room area.
The white living room features a striking corner sofa, marble coffee table, large white rug, and a built-in bench seat next to the modern fireplace.
The designers worked with craftspeople, furniture and lighting brands from across America, focussing around modest, utilitarian materials, such as plywood, concrete, marble, and blackened steel, to yield functional artwork. Design partnerships with textile and wallpaper manufacturers produced custom, handmade flat weave rugs and stitched, hand-pleated wallpapers that integrate softer details into the home.
The design team faced the challenge of incorporating the clients’ desire for a clean, minimal space into the historic context of the neighbourhood. The concept behind this modern, monochrome penthouse is a celebration of American design as it supports the work of emerging artists, designers, and craftspeople.
This focus inspired the use of unassuming, organic materials and layered, natural textures, such as woven paper carpets, clay walls, wild silk, and folded paper wall coverings.
White kitchen cabinets add to the considered monochrome palette.
An oversized rug under the dining table helps to zone and define that space.
Meanwhile, downstairs at the apartment's main entrance level, Crittall doors open to reveal a private corridor that leads through to the bedrooms.
The master bedroom has its own private terrace, with stunning city views.
Guest bedrooms frame views out the other side.
Down here there's also a separate guest kitchen and snug with corner sofa.
Lotte is the Digital Editor for Livingetc, and has been with the website since its launch. She has a background in online journalism and writing for SEO, with previous editor roles at Good Living, Good Housekeeping, Country & Townhouse, and BBC Good Food among others, as well as her own successful interiors blog. When she's not busy writing or tracking analytics, she's doing up houses, two of which have features in interior design magazines. She's just finished doing up her house in Wimbledon, and is eyeing up Bath for her next project.
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