New York, USA (Feb. 9, 2011) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
A recent Kew Forest Plumbing installation with MADE is featured In New York Magazine.
The Brooklyn design-and-build firm MADE (made-nyc.com), whose clients include Chuck Close and Julianne Moore, recently renovated the Central Park West studio apartment of Mikki Marshall, a former manager at Barneys and Armani, who’s been wheelchair-bound since surviving a spinal-cord injury eight years ago. “The project held challenges that really inspired us,” said Oliver Freundlich, a founding partner at MADE. Members of the firm typically work on townhouse renovations, but they were excited by the chance to create a home for Mikki that simultaneously offered accessibility, functionality, and beauty.
Mikki has always loved her light-filled apartment, which she bought in January 2008, but navigating its narrow hallways and tiny bathroom in a wheelchair was daunting. MADE was tasked with reconfiguring the apartment to improve Mikki’s quality of life while taking advantage of the space’s natural charms—including its terrific views of Central Park.
The bathroom was enlarged to accommodate Mikki’s wheelchair; she now has easy access to the curbless, open shower and cantilevered sink vanity. All of the plumbing fixtures are installed to be within her reach. The tilted mirror above the teak counter allows Mikki to see herself while seated.
The new kitchen includes Ikea cabinets with doors and drawers in a brush-painted finish (Farrow & Ball’s Mouse’s Back) that is easy to touch up. All the cabinetry is on touch latches, making it easier for Mikki to open and close, and the Arwa faucet has an easy-to-operate lever. The open cabinets display Mikki’s collection of gold-leaf glassware that she uses for her frequent (and fabulous) cocktail parties.
About Kew Forest Plumbing & Heating, Inc.
Kew Forest Plumbing & Heating, Inc. is a family owned business in its third generation, originating in 1929. We provide quality plumbing and heating services in residential, commercial and industrial environments throughout Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and the Bronx. Contact Kew Forest Plumbing & Heating for your next; oil to gas conversion; boiler service; plumbing service; radiant floor heating; solar heat & hot water; bathroom & kitchen renovations. We are a full service company, fully licensed, bonded, insured and certified in the city of New York. Visit Kew Forest Plumbing & Heating, Inc. at http://www.kewforestplumbing.com.
MADE is an innovative design firm distinguished by our belief in integrating the designer and builder at every stage of the construction process. By combining a design studio, a fabrication workshop, and a contracting team under one roof, we offer a range of services unmatched by conventional design practices. More importantly, with the talents of informed designers and the skills of inspired builders, MADE creates spaces that are intelligently designed and ultimately refreshing in sensibility and aesthetic. Visit MADE. at http://made-nyc.com.