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    Maho Abe, of the Boston-based architectural firm Zen Associates, renovated a 5,000-square-foot apartment inhabiting two floors of the Burrage Mansion in Boston.



    The lower-floor entrance leads into the living area, where a mobile wall creates either a tight entrance space or an open living area. The fireplace, at rear, is set into a backlighted onyx wall.



    The sofa in the living area was placed where the client can best listen to his music. Two Nudes, late 1906 by Marc Leavitt hangs on the wall at right. “We devised a system of steel guide runs around the apartment, so the owner can hang and rehang his ever-changing art collection from fishing line,” notes Abe.



    The kitchen is located on the lower floor between the dining and living areas. “He wanted an all-stainless-steel kitchen,” says Abe, who took its industrial aesthetic further by using impermeable-concrete countertops.



    A maple staircase appears to float in its stairwell—the result of a transparent mesh wall conceived to visually expand the narrow corridor.



    Cathedral ceilings in the family room provide another element of spaciousness in the apartment. For Jean-Paul, 1989, by Keith Haring is displayed in the adjoining guest room. Its ceiling-height door usually remains open, as the space was ultimately designed to be an extension of the family room.



    In the master bedroom, the owner “asked for an oversize bed under an oversize skylight but insisted on sleeping in a dark room. So we installed blackout shades that cross horizontally under the skylight,” says Abe.






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    I would never call my self a Minimalist,but I love this! Iwould live here in a heartbeat. Concrete countertops! The art can be moved around all over. The skylight over the bed. Really love.
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    That is really nice.
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    I like the lines/ceilings. Don't care much for the decor or the furniture. Looks uncomfortable.

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    that kitchen makes me moist.
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    i love it...but i wish they hadn't matched it with that exterior

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    The roof deck is incredible.
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    I like the roof deck too but the rest looks too modern for my taste. No warmth at all.
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    This is absurd. I can't believe he took an historic home of this scale and turned it into a dime a dozen modern travesty. I love modern, I do...but this historic mansion is not the place for it. I. do. not. like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grimmlok View Post
    that kitchen makes me moist.
    The same. I hate to think about this, but I bet whatever jackasses who buy/own it will never use it.
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    I love the inside and the outside...just not together. The exterior is so beautiful, it seems awful to not play off that for the interior and save the more modern, minimalist interior style for something more appropriate.

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    OK, so what would you do with the interior? Some fake French chateau/Louis XV crap or just move outside the box and do something totally different?
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    i like the lines of the place & the natural light a lot. i also really like the floating staircase & a piece or 2 of furniture. the decor bores me to tears, though.
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