White chair: vintage, eBay; rocking chair: vintage, Danish; patterned chair: vintage Adrian Pearsall, upholstered in Alexander Girard fabric
Black leather contrasts with soft whites and natural wood tones in the living room. The love seat is a vintage Victorian frame from eBay that Thahong painted black and reupholstered with black hide.
Rug: hand made in India; coffee table: vintage Alanda by B&B Italia; black floor lamp: Moda, Fortuny; sofa: Ile, Living Divani
The restaurant-quality range hood was already in place when Thahong bought the space. Unlike many city kitchen hoods, this one vents out the window. "It's almost impossible to get a permit now to do that in a New York apartment," says Thahong.
The stainless steel and walnut-stained plywood island was preexisting, but Thahong had a custom stainless steel top made for the back counter out of a single piece of steel with integrated sinks.
Open industrial shelving extends all the way to the top of the wall, helping Thahong get maximum storage out of limited square footage. He keeps a ladder and step stool on hand for when he has to reach the party platters and other little-used items up top.
On the side of the bathroom shown here, floor-to-ceiling subway tiles cover the wall behind a 60-inch round bathtub. The vessel sink's location was determined by plumbing lines; Thahong usually sits cross-legged on the plywood tub deck when using it.
Subway tile: local supply store; countertop: plywood with walnut veneer, custom; tub: Etoile 60, Americh; light fixture: Globe lamp, Vernor Panton; faucet: KWC; sink: Hastings; fixtures: Lacava
"The bathroom is a really important part of all my designs," he says. "I like it to surprise and have an exotic feeling."
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