Studio LAB is a full-service design firm based in New York which works mainly on residential and commercial projects of New York City and the Hamptons. It was founded by Matthew Miller in 2007 and was later joined by Krisha Salud in 2015. They strive to achieve client’s design goals within the budget and try to improve the surrounding environment through efficient design and sustainable methods. Principal architect Matthew Miller received his Bachelor of Architecture in 2003 from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and later studied furniture design at the internationally acclaimed Danish Design School in Denmark. He is an associate member of the AIA and a member of the Architectural League of New York. Krisha Salud, Director of Interiors graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, with a major in Interior Design, from the Fashion Institute of Technology, SUNY. Her design motto of “form follows function” has always taken precedence in her design practice.

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1. WIRECUTTER

Location – New York
Project Type – Commercial
Size – 15,000 Sq.ft

As one enters the office, a live moss wall elevator bank welcomes you inside which contrasts with the dark painted industrial feel exterior. The wall breaks the monotony and makes the space look lively. The reception area was designed as a cube with a cutout and painted with periwinkle-esque blue. The design was based on a singularly light natural palette with selected pastels. The office is divided into two main levels, the main one has the reception and the open workstation while the lower one has an array of testing areas. The birch plywood beams hang over the corridor and guide to the main lounge area and kitchen.

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2. Biggercode

Location – New York City
Project Type – Commercial
Size – 3400 Sq.ft

The boutique’s design reflects like an art gallery, with satin brass complementing the white walls, and plenty of light. Linear light fixtures hang horizontally or vertically throughout the store and guide one towards the back lounge area. Brass clothing racks line the main wall for the display of clothes. The existing skylight in the lounge area was converted into a lightbox to replicate the entry of daylight.

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3. MPD Office

Location – New York
Project Type – Commercial
Size – 3000 Sq.ft

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The space was designed for a boutique creative agency. The existing cubicle walls were demolished to allow invasion of natural light inside the office. The studio was given a minimalistic aesthetic approach with the help of a modern material palette and clean-lined forms. The whitewashed floor runs throughout the office to maximize brightness.

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4. USQ Residence

Location – New York
Project Type – Residential
Size – 1500 Sq.ft

Completed in 2018, this two-bedroom apartment in a 1920’s loft-style building is one of the renovation projects of the firm. The living and dining space has a single large floating ceiling with perimeter cove lighting to highlight the tall ceiling height. The ceiling successfully hides recessed LED lighting, speakers, and sprinkler heads. The overall look is kept neat and minimalistic but some elements like the red painting and lamp are placed to add a pop of color. The doors are custom-made teak veneer with blackened steel jams. Glossy gray lacquer cabinetry is used in the kitchen as well as the living room area. The bathrooms have white caesar stone countertops throughout with porcelain tiles. 

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5. Hudson River Park

Location – New York
Project Type – Residential
Size – 2500 Sq.ft

The classic pre-war apartment was renovated by the firm for a young family with two kids. The client’s desire to open up the existing closed spaces while maintaining some of the classic pre-war elements was given utmost importance. The dark corridors and clustered rooms were demolished to create an open functional style living plan. The color palette for the entire house was kept neutral except for the kitchen which provided a sharp contrast with dark blue lacquered cabinets. The white walls brightened the room and the customized herringbone floors made of charcoal stained white oak were laid throughout the space.

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6. Riverside Drive

Location – New York
Project Type – Residential
Size – 2150 Sq.ft

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The redesign challenge of this apartment was to fit a modern family lifestyle today while keeping in mind the flexibility that will be required for tomorrow. The closed spaces were opened up to allow an open living environment and penetration of natural light. The color palette was kept neutral with a minimalistic design approach and a small amount of pop-out color. The charcoal-stained cube was designed within the foyer to accommodate storage, refrigerator, and pantry. Central air conditioning was added and the bathrooms were enlarged as per the needs of the clients.

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7. Tribeca Loft

Location – New York
Project Type – Residential
Size – 2100 Sq.ft

The design goal of the firm in this project was to turn the boring loft into a large open space for the three children. The main aim was to create a fluid open-plan layout in a large open space while creating smaller quarters according to the family requirements. The walls were finished in warm white to create a seamless integration in the ceiling and walls. Mid-Century modern furniture pieces along with colorful art pieces were added to enhance the overall look and experience. The children’s bedrooms were carved out of the rear lower level, whereas the master bedroom and bathroom float above the kid’s room on the mezzanine floor.

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8. University Place

Location – New York
Project Type – Residential
Size – 800 Sq.ft

Located in Greenwich village this apartment follows the design principle of minimalism. The ground floor which had a closed kitchen, dining, and living area was opened up for light and ventilation. Clean white crisp interiors with hints of blue brightened the overall environment of the house. The living and dining space were provided with folding doors in case they needed segregation. The bedroom and bathroom were on the lower level and were accessed through a stainless steel glass handrail staircase. 

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9. Upper West Side Combo

Location – New York
Project Type – Residential
Size – 2000 Sq.ft

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This apartment on the upper west side of Manhattan was completed by 2012. The owners of the apartment wanted to combine two units that faced light and ventilation into one singular living space with three bedrooms, hence the traditional layout was broken to allow infiltration of light. Grey-washed walnut flooring was applied in the entire apartment to allow maximum light infiltration and high gloss white lacquer millwork was built to allow ample storage.

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10. Amagansett Residence

Location – New York
Project Type – Commercial
Size – 2100 Sq.ft

The house was owned by a young couple for their growing family. The living and dining space has large glass sliders that open to the backyard patio and pool and make them interactive with each other. The house provided a modern style of living through an open planning layout. Customized white-washed white oak floors were laid throughout the house as well as on the central floating staircase.

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11. Lincoln Center Residence

Location – New York
Project Type – Residential
Size – 2500 Sq.ft

For this project, two apartments were combined to create a single four-bedroom residence. The apartment had a low ceiling slab and hence to break that up, ceiling floating planes containing low-profile LED recessed lighting were incorporated throughout the structure. Whitewashed rifts and quartered white oak floors were used to brighten up space. In the kid’s room, the desk area was built beneath the bay windows for the view. 

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12. Flatiron Loft

Location – New York
Project Type – Residential
Size – 4000 Sq.ft

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This house in the Flatiron district had a modern and young vibe. The design of the house was inspired by the industrial origin of the building. The loft had 11 feet high ceiling height and a large area that provided an opportunity to include a 22 feet long eat-in kitchen, exposed concrete ceilings, a playroom, and a sound room for recording. The loft’s layout was an open plan divided, almost in half, between public and private space. The oversized windows along the south-facing section of the apartment invited natural light and city views.

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13. Upper West Side

Location – New York City
Project Type – Residential
Size – 2500 Sq.ft

Once a three separate apartment unit was dismantled, redesigned, and rebuilt. The enclosed living room was open to create a modern style of living area. Floor-to-ceiling windows are provided in the dining area for Theodore Roosevelt Park’s view. Custom-designed crown and wall moldings wrap around the perimeter of the walls with floating coffered ceilings. These ceilings help in setting out space beneath them, marking their boundaries. The study was designed with a walnut desk and a custom murphy bed that pulls down to convert it into a guest room.

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14. Juniper Beach House

Location – Fire Island, New York
Project Type – Residential
Size – 3200 Sq.ft

The house fulfills the client’s sizable program needs with the tight lot. The house’s form appears like stacked box volumes to maximize footprint and efficient space use. Since the area lies in a flood zone the house was built 8 feet above grade, suspended on wood pilings. A customized rain-screen clip system was used for the cladding of the structure. The house had a rift and quartered white-washed white oak floor throughout the house with a sliding glass door to allow maximum light penetration and glazed views. The house enjoys flexibility due to the open living, kitchen, and dining layout.

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15. Columbus Ave Residence

Location – New York City
Project Type – Residential
Size – 2500 Sq.ft

The residence boasts a large entertaining space that includes a new dining area and an open kitchen. The Bi-folding pocket door was used to conceal the television, bar, and display shelves in the living area wall unit. Showcased as a kitchen cabinet a hidden integrated door would open to a guest bedroom. The kid’s bedroom had a custom-built bunk bed with integrated storage steps and desks to allow more space for other activities. The master suite features a spacious walk-in closet that serves multiple purposes. It houses a new central HVAC system as well as a sleeping spot for their pet dog. 

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REFERENCES

  1. STUDIOLAB,LLC.[online].Available at:StudioLAB (studiolabdesign.com). Accessed on 17 July 2021.
  2. Office Snapshots. Wirecutter Offices – New York City. [online]. Available at: Wirecutter Offices – New York City | Office Snapshots. Accessed on 18 July 2021.
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Ashruti Singh is an Architect based in Lucknow with a passion for reading, writing, and research. She loves exploring and reading about Interactive urban design and Sustainable alternative materials. She is strong-headed and soft-hearted, who believes in expressing emotions through her work.

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