Schissel Montgomery Architects is renovating an apartment in Brooklyn for an art gallerist

New York-based architectural office Schissel Montgomery has completed a minimalist renovation of a three-bedroom apartment in the Park Slope neighborhood.


Named Wendy’s, the studio arranged the apartment’s 1,300-square-foot apartment to create a “quiet, generous backdrop for art and life”.

Schissel Montgomery Architects also turned one of the bedrooms facing the street into a study.

The kitchen uses only the lower cabinets to create a sense of openness

The renovation focuses on a new kitchen that is partially open to the living room and dining room. Previously, the two areas were separate.“The intervention focuses on creating connections between the common spaces of the apartment and selectively removing materials accumulated over time,” the studio said.

Living room in Brooklyn with minimalist furniture
The key move was not arranging the living room in the apartment

The new banquet along the wall integrates storage under the seat while at the same time uniting separate spaces.

At the end of the hallway, the studio converted the existing bedroom to create a study for the owner. The furniture selection here includes a table by designer Eileen Gray from the Middle Ages and a bed in Barcelona by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

Since the apartment is located at street level, Schissel Montgomery designed transparent fabric curtains that cover the lower part of the window.

This gives residents more privacy while letting light into the space.

Office with Mies van der Rohe on a lounger in Barcelona
The new study occupies the former bedroom at the far end of the apartment

The project has a restrained palette with bright wooden floors, white-painted walls and selectively curated furniture and artwork.

“The intervention focuses on creating connections between common spaces in the apartment and selectively removing materials accumulated over time,” Schissel Montgomery explained.

Brooklyn apartment lobby with fitted wardrobes
The entrance includes a full-height mirror and built-in storage

Custom details include a hand-made concrete housing to protect the building’s steam pipe.

It is made of stacked, textured cylinders reminiscent of the classic purple pillar motif.

A Brooklyn kitchen table with a custom pipe lid
Custom details include a concrete sleeve to cover the building’s steam pipes

Another addition to the entrance to the apartment is a floor-to-ceiling mirror that was supposed to expand the space and bring more light into the darker part of the apartment.

“The intervention uses painted surfaces, painted floors and windows to maximize reflected light in the space,” Schissel Montgomery explained.

Renovated Brooklyn apartment with classic custom details
Air conditioning pipe railing on similar classic pillars visible from the apartment

These pipes remain on display in many New York City apartments and can become so hot that they pose a danger to residents, in addition to being unsightly.

Schissel Montgomery was founded in 2019 and is run by two graduates of Columbia University School of Architecture, Michael Schissel and Talene Montgomery.

Other apartment renovations in the Brooklyn area include the town house GRT Architects, which is full of eclectic art objects, and monochrome interior design by local firm Arnold Studio.

It’s a photo Daniel Terna.


Project loans:

Architect: Schissel Montgomery Architects
Construction: WK renovation

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