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Perfect Patina

by habituallychic

10 . 07 . 12
I love anything with a good patina.  Not quite as much as John Derian though.  His new East Village apartment featured in T magazine is a study in how to renovate without making everything look brand new while diminishing the possibility of an electrical fire. In his hands, a former sculpture studio has become a home that doesn’t ignore its former life as a factory or the neighborhood’s early tenements. This country’s contractors could learn a few things from John Derian. 

Living room before. 

Kitchen before. 

Bedroom before. 

Bathroom before. 
Photos by William Abranowicz 

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  1. caroline @ patagonia gifts October 7, 2012 | 2:22 pm

    ahhh this is so beautiful! hope you’re having a lovely weekend! xo

  2. About Margas October 7, 2012 | 6:10 pm

    So picturesque! Looks like a set for a romantic art house film.

  3. Fashion-isha October 7, 2012 | 6:13 pm

    I think an old patina looks great in pics but sometimes living with it is annoying if you like everything to look crisp and clean!
    Have a great week!

  4. Tricia Rose October 7, 2012 | 7:17 pm

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  5. Tricia Rose October 7, 2012 | 7:22 pm

    This reminds me of pictures of bomb-damaged rooms in London and Berlin after the war: people made the best of things with what they had, even if a wall were missing…

  6. jayneonweedstreet October 8, 2012 | 11:37 am

    Movie set…okay! Photo spread…..yes! Live in it? Oh no, no, no! Especially the bathroom.

  7. MJH Design Arts October 8, 2012 | 1:04 pm

    I love original patina on furniture. Not so much on surfaces that need to be kept somewhat sanitary–it’s hard to clean patina without removing it. But I do love this space and the old world European feel.
    Thanks, Mary

  8. Wind and Water October 8, 2012 | 2:28 pm

    I dream of owning a warehouse to renovate that has a timber and brick blend. When it’s mine I shall never live anywhere else.

  9. Wind and Water October 8, 2012 | 2:31 pm

    Divine and with amazing foresight. I dream of living on a warehouse with a timber and brick blend. It breathes romance and creativity. Modern clean lines don’t imbue that character that vintage abodes reflect. Thanks for the post I read your blog every time, never miss. Thanks for being an amazing collector of beautiful objects and homes.

  10. CarolAnne - camdesign October 8, 2012 | 4:07 pm

    totally want this space… amazing!

  11. nuveasantoscobb October 27, 2012 | 3:03 am

    Oh, my. That bathroom before photo reminded me of my younger days visiting friends in NYC!
    Love the creamy whites he preserved on the walls and how it looks now.