Manhattan has a way of driving design to new levels of style and practicality all at once. When interior designer Marya Samadi of NYC Staging and Design wanted to renovate her own apartment, the stakes were high. She needed storage and desk space for her office—and she needed it to be sleek and streamlined with lots of interest.
Luxury furniture brand Ornare may be new to Greenwich, CT, but the company has been designing custom closets, vanities, doors and wall systems since 1986. Samadi turned to Ornare, which has 26 locations in three countries, for her storage needs. “All showrooms are run by directors that work with interior designers, builders and architects to customize cabinetry and wall systems for every area of the home,” says Mylene Del Nero, who operates the new Greenwich showroom with more than 20 years of experience in interior design and opened the Ornare showroom in Manhattan six years ago.
Samadi wanted the space to have a modern and elegant look. Built-in closets needed lots of room for storage without making the space feel small. The desk was custom designed so as not to obstruct her views of Manhattan. High-quality materials in hand-selected textures and colors brought it all together. Ornare bound the desk in textured leather for a rich and elegant look. The challenge for Ornare was that Samadi was living in the apartment, so they needed all hands on deck to complete the renovation expeditiously while ensuring the manufacturing process in Brazil was uncompromised.
The resulting design was an office that minimized clutter and maximized style. Storage closets have sliding doors with backlit shelves and LED lights. Everything was manufactured in Brazil, except the handles. Custom Italian-made hardware on the textured leather desk and the closets gives a uniform look.
“We used natural leather, eco-leather, stilo handles, reflective glass doors and yellow-tone LED lights to make the room feel more comfortable, and the closets were painted internally, giving the end user a luxurious experience throughout,” says Del Nero.