A spacious 4 BR apartment in downtown Manhattan is pretty much everyone's idea of luxe living. But a spacious 4 BR apartment where a kitchen, hallway+ a small playroom are all blocked off to the view, making family gathering difficult, is a big design problem. Working with architect Gideon Gelber of Studio g&a on a full renovation of the apartment, we were able to provide the family with the space they craved + the function they desired - a large, airy, bright kitchen, opening up the rooms to capture their stunning views of New York Harbor. Upper cabinets float away in a seamless tie-in to a large-format glass back splash. stained quarter-sawn oak Lower cabinets ground the room with richer color, warmth + texture. the Desk area and built-ins provide storage + clean lines while a combination of reflective and matte materials balances the shine factor.  A built-in wet bar uses a texture change on the cabinets to add visual interest to its integrated design. The design Detail in the bathroom picks up the clean + horizontal lines of the rest of the apartment, adding architectural flair and modern acuity to the en suite arrangement.