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Cleverly Designed Upper East Side Co-Op is An Artist’s Dream Brought to Life

Style meets function in this $1,325,000 apartment that’s located just one block away from Central Park.

When current owner, Bogotá-based visual artist Lorenza Panero, bought her New York apartment, she knew that the space would need to be re-thought to better suit her needs (and unique style). With the help of architect Ted Porter, Panero reconfigured the apartment with an artist’s eye, adding to both the aesthetic appeal of the pied-à-terre and to its functionality in a very unique way. The results were so striking that they even landed her a feature article in Cottages & Gardens.

Now, the charming Upper East Side apartment is looking for a new owner, having recently been listed for sale with Warburg Realty, asking $1,325,000. Beyond the artist’s unique touch, the co-op stands out with its flexible layout, historic appeal, and great location. But more on that in a minute; first, we’re going to take a look at how this ingenious apartment maximizes the use of its space with the help of functional furniture, sliding doors, and clever gimmicks.

colorful living room of a tiny functional apartment in NYC
Style meets function in this $1,325,000 UES apartment. Image credit: Ted Porter Architecture; Ty Cole Photographer

Movable partitions turn the dining room into a 2nd bedroom

Originally a 2-bedroom unit, the co-op’s extensive renovation included a space revamp that opened up the living area and turned one of the bedrooms into a dining room. But that doesn’t mean it can’t offer extra sleeping space, if the need arises.

With its clever design and movable partitions, the 1-bedroom apartment easily turns into a 2-bedroom. There’s a Murphy bed lining the backwall of the dining room, and the collapsible dining table and folding chairs can be tucked away in the closet, to make way for sleeping arrangements. Then, the movable partition kicks in to fully separate the space from the living room and offer privacy.

 the dining room turns into a 2nd bedroom
A Murphy bed lines the backwall of the dining room, and the collapsible dining table and folding chairs can be tucked away in the closet. Image credit: Ted Porter Architecture; Ty Cole Photographer
 the dining room turns into a 2nd bedroom with a murphy bed
The Murphy bed makes it easy to turn the dining room into a second bedroom. Image credit: Ted Porter Architecture; Ty Cole Photographer
the dining room of this NYC apartment turns into a bedroom with a murphy bed and sliding doors
Then, the movable partition makes it possible to fully separate the space from the living room and offer privacy. Image credit: Ted Porter Architecture; Ty Cole Photographer

Clever design tucks away the TV (and the entire kitchen)

The Murphy bed is not the only piece of furniture that slides into the walls when it isn’t needed. To make the space less cluttered, there’s a custom wall cabinet that hides away the TV when it’s not being used. But that’s not even the most clever trick this apartment has up its sleeve.

The kitchen has sliding doors that conceal it altogether, making it look like there’s a wall of closets in its place, set along a long hallway. Not fully sure why someone would like to hide their kitchen, but it certainly is a cool trick that could come in handy if you’re looking to use the space for something more business-oriented maybe.

clever design hides the TV into the wall of the apartment
The clever design hides the TV in a custom cabinet. Image credit: Ted Porter Architecture; Ty Cole Photographer
the kitchen in this smart apartment can be hidden behind sliding panels
The compact kitchen can be hidden away. Image credit: Ted Porter Architecture; Ty Cole Photographer
Sliding panels conceal the kitchen altogether
Sliding panels conceal the kitchen altogether. Image credit: Ted Porter Architecture; Ty Cole Photographer

The bedroom partition makes room for a cozy desk

The bedroom of this lovely Upper East Side apartment wasn’t left untouched either. Making use of the space at hand, a clever partition created a dedicated area for work or study and fitted a desk — while also blocking the view of the bed.

The bedroom partition makes way for a small desk/working space.
The bedroom partition makes way for a small desk/working space. Image credit: Ted Porter Architecture; Ty Cole Photographer

The co-op is in a pre-war building with a prime UES address

The apartment is located at 1326 Madison Avenue on the Upper East Side, which places it just one block away from Central Park. It is situated in an elegant pre-war building that was originally built in 1900 and is located right on Madison Avenue, in the prestigious Carnegie Hill neighborhood (which is peppered with a wide range of architectural styles, from Civil War-era clapboard houses to late 19th century rowhouses, early 20th century mansions, and other charming pre-war apartment buildings).

The unit is listed for $1,325,000 by Cecilia Serrano and Hala Lawrence of Warburg Realty.

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Written by Georgie Mihaila

The main wordsmith behind all those Fancy Pants Homes. Avid reader and a sucker for superhero movies. Read, write, and dream real estate.

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