A penthouse duplex in the Adams Morgan area of Washington DC is transformed from a dated Colonial to a uber-chic asian-inspired home for a well traveled busy professional who values downtime, serenity and meditation. From the LED lighting that changes with the mood to the natural materials throughout, from the gourmet chef's kitchen to the spa with the hidden infra-red sauna, they all add up to a zen-modern result for this second time client of FORMA Design.
After renovating a small townhouse with Andreas and having lived there for couple years with great joy, an opportunity arose to purchase the next door unit which was larger and had a balcony with Washington monument views, but at about the same time I was stationed to Seoul, Korea for work. So we started a long distance renovation with Andreas. Knowing how picky I was and how involved I wanted to stay with the project, he and Juan sent me weekly updates with pictures and we would be on email almost daily. The design part was a breeze. I already knew and admired his style from the first renovation. Clean, modern lines that open up space, eliminate visual clutter and unify the space in such a way that made me feel special to wake up in such a place. But now having lived in Asia I found myself drawn to the understated zen aesthetics there. So Andreaas came to visit me in Seoul and I could show him elements of that style that I loved, But more than just showing them I wanted him to feel the sense of zen that I was experiencing there. We got so tuned in to this mindset that one night our emails crossed suggesting the same stone surround for the fireplace :-). The result is Zen Modern 2. A place that makes me feel happy just by being there. It is my sanctuary. I know a lot of people would think it crazy to do a gut renovation from overseas. Well this was even better for me b/c I only got to see the wonderful product rather than dealing with the stress of a renovation. Andreas and Juan, I am very grateful for what you did. l love my beautiful place. It improved my life quality in a way I couldn't imagine.
This project was featured in The Washington Post Real Estate Section in an article entitled
Global by Design.
and in the HOME & Design sourcebook
This project is featured in a recent episode of HGTV's
Bang for Your Buck.This home was awarded the 2010 Bronze Award for Residential Design by the International Interior Design Association's (IIDA) Mid-Atlantic Chapter.
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