Noa Santos, the designer behind studio NAINOA, took on a New York mansion: West 11th Townhouse. The result is a combination of contemporary style with an organic sensibility, characterised by organic materials and custom-made furniture.
The clients wanted to create a soft refinement in their home: spaces that embody the style and sophistication of Manhattan while offering an escape from city life. And that's exactly what Noa Santos did. The result is ‘a happy meeting of contemporary style and organic sensibility’, according to the designer.
Soft and bold play nicely together in many of the rooms.
This total renovation required the redesign of everything except the exterior facade. In doing so, the studio took on a structured approach, as they do for all their clients: from the initial aesthetic discussion to the creation of the drawings and the installation of the final accessories. ‘Our process is structured in some respects but is much like painting. Each subsequent layer is informed by the one before it and the spaces reveal themselves organically as we build.’
The bottom two floors house the public areas, while the bedrooms and private spaces are on the top two floors. While the clients like to entertain, they also wanted the ability to slip away from the party if needed. In the home, Santos opted for organic materials, such as plaster, leather and mohair, to give the space a soft and serene quality. In contrast, the shapes chosen are more daring. The staircase, for example, is a quiet, muddled plaster, but its shape is quite sculptural and a little heavier. Soft and bold play nicely together in many of the rooms.
Much of the furniture is custom-made and inspired by classical forms. Each room had to show that both the architecture and the interior were thought through at the same time. The result is an integrated mansion that has been customised down to the smallest detail. Want to get enchanted by more impressive projects and inspiring architecture? Be sure to follow us on Instagram on the account Imagicasa Architecture. On this page, we will share unique realisations, promising designs and innovative ideas daily.
Photography by NAINOA