A Thoughtful Renovation Turns Two Apartments Into One Family Home

New York, NY Frederick Tang Architecture recently completed the renovation and combination of two residential condominium units on the Upper West Side for clients Brian Berger, CEO of the men’s apparel company, Mack Weldon, and Erin Berger, a former director at Jessica Seinfeld’s non-profit, Good+ Foundation.

“Brian and Erin had lived in a three-bedroom for some time, and with their (three) sons getting older, they were itching for a little more space,” explains Frederick Tang, founder of the Brooklyn-based architecture and design firm. “Luckily, their adjacent neighbor was moving, and they struck a deal.”

The Bergers approached Tang and his team about combining their apartment and the newly purchased adjacent apartment into one home for their growing family. While the central goal of the redesign was combining two apartments into one seamless family home, Tang’s team also sought to create a home that reflected the unique style and personalities of Brian, Erin, and their three boys.

The centerpiece of the renovated living room features a large-scale Alex Prager photograph that belonged to the Bergers. The photograph serves to anchor the room and also influenced the room’s palette, materials, and furniture. The team created a custom multi-purpose shelving cabinet to house the television, books, and media.

“Their home became the balance of both worlds,” says Barbara Reyes, the firm’s Director of Design. Reyes notes that Brian prefers elevated simplicity, while Erin gravitates to bolder, more colorful design elements.

Along with creating dedicated areas for their sons, a media/entertainment room, and home office for Erin, the newly renovated home also combines sophisticated style with bold color accents and a sense of playfulness.

The renovated kitchen features custom millwork, built-ins, and custom rose gold-colored handles and shelving, which gives the space a pop of color and shine. 

The focal point of the master bedroom is the custom headboard that is flanked by custom millwork in soothing shades of cream, gold, and blush.

An inviting grey Venetian plaster archway connects the boys’ wing to the rest of the apartment. This well-designed opening allows for a streamlined flow while concealing structural and mechanical ductwork. 

Tang and his team approached this project as a collaborative process, emphasizing the importance of understanding the Bergers’ unique style and lifestyle. The end result is a bright and spacious family home that combines luxury with livability.

Interior Furnishings

Living Room: Sectional Sofa by Moroso, Chair by Bensen, customized in Elmo leather and Maharam material, Rug by Aelfie x Studio Proba from Matter, Lamp by Norm Architects from DWR, Coffee Table by Leon Pace from 1st dibs, Pivotante Sconces by Charlotte Perriand for Nemo Lighting 

Dining Room: Table by Willy Rizzo, Beetle Chairs by Gubi.

Guest Bath: Tiles from Clé Tile, Bastion Light from Allied Maker.

Milos’ room: Map Wallpaper from Happy Walls, Chair by Jean Prouvé from DWR, Shelving by Vitsoe, Storage bins are custom made, Wall Sconce by Jielde. 

Office/Den: Chair and Ottoman by Kodof Larsen, Art is from the Owner’s Collection, Sofa fabric by Kelly Wearstler, Coffee Table by Gubi, Drapery fabric by Knoll, Shelving unit by Julian Chichester, Desk by Edward Wormley, Desk chair by Saarinen reupholstered in Italian rust velvet and 14k karat gold legs, Floor and Desk Light by Lambert et Fils.

Foyer: Custom grey wood floors by Madera, Custom millwork.

Master Bedroom: Custom Bed and Millwork, Headboard Fabric by Knoll, Sconces by Apparatus Vanity lights by Sciolari, Brass Mirror by Egg Collective.

Kitchen: The custom rose gold-colored handles and shelf add shine as well as a hint of color to the neutral kitchen millwork and stone.

Boys’ Bedroom: Art by Frank Magnotta, Shelving by Vitsoe, Wall Sconce by Jielde, Storage Unit by Anna Castelli from Kartell.


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