Upper East Side Townhouse
No. 1

New York, NY
Type: Houses / Interiors
Theme: Living with Art
Located on a discreet block on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, this brick townhouse was completely renovated for a family with a generous social life. The family’s art and design collection—with a focus on postwar Italian modernism—enlivens the home throughout.
The ground floor includes a large open kitchen with a bronze and transparent glass window wall that echoes the entry vestibule. End grain fir block flooring gives the space a rich materiality. A collection of vintage glass pendant lamps punctuates the room. Through the large bronze glass-doors, a two-level rear garden features a concrete plinth that steps down to a brick lower level with a custom bronze and glazed lava stone table. A muted gray brick wall encloses the garden with simple plantings.
A deep blue carpet gives a white ribbon staircase a highly graphic quality, and unites the house floor-to-floor. On the private floors, all the family’s activities are graciously accommodated with spaces that reflect how they live. The roof features a small study and an intimate deck surrounded by a three-season garden with an abundant mix of edible, decorative, and native plants.

Key People

Deborah Berke

Catherine Bird
Project Lead

Aaron Plewke
Project Manager

Caroline Wharton Ewing
Interiors Lead


Deborah Berke Partners
Architect, Interior Designer

Old Structures Engineering PC
Structural Engineer

Kohler Ronan Consulting Engineers
MEP Engineer

Renfro Design Group
Lighting Designer

Kimberly Von Koontz Landscapes
Landscape Designer

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220 Fifth Avenue
7th Floor
New York NY 10001
212 229 9211

©2020 Berke Architects D.P.C.

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220 Fifth Avenue
7th Floor
New York NY 10001
212 229 9211

©2020 Berke Architects D.P.C.