Inside a Light-Filled Town House in New York’s Historic Greenwich Village

At the back, an impressively scaled custom-made version of the Bouroullecs Chains light cascades down from the ceiling towards the big bespoke walnut table on the level below. Here the floors are limestone inside and out, and the minimalism of the glass wall and its sliding doors, all of which were made in Portugal, is especially noticable. “The house is everything about the details and how products come together,” Skolnick notes, and this appears in components like the stairways oak treads, which appear to float, or the meticulous building and construction of a cutout in a wall that accommodates the handle of a pocket door. The property owners concur and call attention to such subtle functions as the tactile oval shape of the wooden stair railings.The cooking area features custom-made cabinetry completed in hand-rubbed lacquer. H. Theophile hardware; customized lacquered metal hood; Wolf variety; Dornbracht sink fittings.
Thomas LoofBleached beechwood cupboards with sculpted handles line the dressing space..
Thomas LoofA flight of stairs leads from the living space to a mezzanine media room with a custom sofa, a Paul Frankl coffee table, and a classic chair made of Brazilian walnut plywood. One flooring up, the main bedroom features a tailor-made bed, side tables by the French designer François Bauchet, and a dressing space with beechwood doors and custom-carved pulls developed to look like leather. On this floor, the glass rear wall slants back a nod, Skolnick says, to the artists attics in the community– and produces room for a shallow veranda.
Thomas LoofSkolnick and Volpe share an adoration for the method that conventional Japanese architecture skillfully frames views of nature, and in this home, nature is as ever-present as the areas architectural context. Volpe likes the “cool warmth” of the interior, and Skolnick states that moving through it “resembles a journey”– not simply through architecture and light but through time and history too.