Opened by Mason Wickham and Edwin Zawadzki, InSitu Design has been recognized by many magazines and publications. The firm is based in New York City and follows their values that have been formed over the years with their bonds with the spaces and the clients.
Their values consists of the following points.
- An original visual vocabulary unique to each project that is personal and transcends style.
- The project site, a real artifact nuanced with anecdotes, a compass point in the drift of trend.
- Whimsy in a contest with logic, function propelled by form.
- The eclectic that is classically beautiful.
- A creative process like staging a play, animating and abetting the actors.
- The big picture in balance with details. A battle plan that protects both in the heat of construction.
- Rooms and spaces that delight at all scales defying the reflex to standardize; Prototype opposed to stereotype.
- The alchemy of details and materials composing a meaningful aesthetic.
- The allure of the well-made, mindful not fussy. Canny solutions without gimmickry.
- Not someone else’s definition of luxury.
1. Pied-À-Terre, Chelsea
This small flat situated in Jean Nouvel’s building near The High Line has spectacular views of the Hudson River and Manhattan but was a conundrum to live in. Located in Jean Nouvel’s building near the High Line, it was once a problem to live in it. This Pied – à – Terre when translated from French means a small flat, has some spectacular views of the Hudson River and Manhattan. This interior revamp was done to lift it from almost falling, interiors were matched to counterbalance the breath-taking industrial riverscape and create a balance between two worlds: domestic and natural. Colors and materials are said to be taken from nature and billboards. The use of oversized furniture, which is abnormally long goes well along with space because it’s in form and space. Boring walls were written contrary to the existing wall panels, that intermingle with the shadows. This ‘Vision Machine’ plays with the composition of Harbour Niches, windows with great views, and hidden cabinets to suit the owner’s needs.
2. Micro-Living, Murray Hill (Opening Winter 2019)
The classic Morgan Hotel of Andree Putman has been transformed into micro-apartments in line of Putman’s hotel rooms. The notion of living small is living well, which is the accommodation of various programs like bedroom, kitchen, and living. Rooms here have a full kitchen, flip-down beds. To increase the space, a solar shade has been added which acts as a projection screen for video and photographs. This micro-living is not only limited to rooms but it is also extended by adding a gym, terraces for work, gatherings, dinners, and parties, with a public living room.
3. The Lighthouse, Brooklyn (In Construction)
A townhouse situated in the middle of Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, has been refashioned around a light shaft, through the center of the building. It is cladded in clear and translucent planes of glass, reflecting pieces of the surroundings. It has a roof garden too.
4. Upper East Side Apartment, Manhattan
Once a condo with an unusable kitchen and ill-defined rooms took a 180-degree flip from shapeless sheetrock into an articulated, personalized interior. Rooms have been redesigned using off white panels, secret cabinets, and shelves that add form, weight, and depth to surfaces creating a harmonious apartment. The use of exotic wood, figural stones with interiors elements having bright colors gives a more sensual and exuberant look.
5. The William Hotel, Midtown
When an artist collaborated with InSitu, they made the “boundaries of the art” and the room indistinguishable. The celestial experience begins with corridors where paintings imply themselves on the walls and ceilings. Paint from canvas has been stripped off to create a beautiful space. Chromatic Black enters the picture of the room in the form of carpet, bed linen, and furniture which seems to be afloat.
6. Hotel Saint Paul, Old Montreal
Here is the first design hotel in Canada, for which its interiors have won many awards. The interiors depict a surreal view of the northern exquisiteness and austerity of CA. After a tour-de- Montreal, the traveler is welcomed and coddled by plush fabrics and upholsteries.
Inside is a floating St. Paul, surrounded by carved stone, in an ether of frozen air, grounded by mass and fire, giving it a surreal look. The largest fireplace of North America is built up of – backlit ‘ice’. Covered with bronze facets is a drink bar that is sparkling with glasses. The blue wall of mirrors and silver leaves re-create ‘fata-morgana’ in the restaurant. It’s all in the details that enchant the artistry of the ordinary spaces.
7. Fort Greene Townhouse, Brooklyn
‘When past meets present’. The house from the year 1889 is a re-interpretation of the traditional room-making, materials, and details which invoked a sense of Victorian space amid the modern design of creating fluid boundaries. These boundaries reach out from the room to the garden. Use of old-fashioned ironwork, white marble, etched glass tiles, wooden plank flooring, abstracted fireplace, and bookshelves create an articulate place between traditional and modern design.
8. Still on The Boards
Revamping Lobbies and designing a wine shop
Lobby 1: A midtown office building which was earlier a hotel well known for its peculiar guests and the highwayman who once hid there. The owners needed their lobby to be updated. They restored the famous architectural stair by framing it with pieces of Glass display Vitrine. Furthermore, the lobby is re-decorated with glass that reflects people moving through it.
Lobby 2: It is a study in materials for a converted garage.
Wine Shop: The design was for an entrepreneur who wanted a space that not only sold wine but also taught wine literacy. They created a design by creating shelves for a library of bottles on a long browsing wall that ended up in a- wine bar for tasting and wine making seminars.
9. Pentagon 9/11 Memorial
Designed in the memory of the victims of 9/11, the memorial is a table set in the center for the 184 people who will never show. Unlike other memorials, this offers you to take a seat, to remember, and to contemplate the freedoms and responsibilities of citizenship in a democratic society.
One side of the memorial has a hedge animated with birds and another side has a wall made up of stone, which is hazy with reflections of the pentagon. At the center is a giant table with names of people engraved. Seats are hand-carved, each different, which holds a mark on the table. It is inspired by Pablo Neruda’s – ‘an ode to the table’.
10. Marais Loft, Paris
The American told the dwell magazine that “… it is more like living in sculpture than an apartment … the ancient beams now seem to magically float above my head … I feel as if I could helicopter around the place.” The hotel which was once home to Voltaire’s niece was redone by breaking some walls and replacing them with moveable panels which act as layers that conceal a modern kitchen, bath, and mezzanine. The past and present are gelled by using both industrial and modern materials.
11. Park Slope Townhouse, Brooklyn
Home to a Brooklyn couple with children and career, the charm of the brown house was of no use to the family. Renovation of this house is very aesthetic and trim. There is no dignity left for the original detail. The provision of hidden storage gives space for moving inside the house. The open floor plan has a kitchen at its heart which acts as a control center. Larger windows vivify the entire house while covering the living space into the garden.
12. Work Spaces
Renouncing the commercial office furniture system, InSitu started with scratch. Their sole focus was to reimagine the collaborative workspace on a tight budget. They have shown how worlds connect with two wall-sized- pivot doors. Diffused sunlight seems to dance in the room when working on the computer and eliminates the need for overhead lighting during the day. Private offices and conference rooms are draped in a curved shell.