A modern take on traditional


Architecture Audre Manzano

Photography by Audra Manzano

This classic Brooklyn townhouse was a single story renovation for a young family of 3.  You see part of Rowan’s contribution when you come upon the front doors. These were reconstructed by Rowan using existing and recycled doors that the client found in a salvage yard, maintaining the original design of that period.  This was to be the tone set by the client- the use of old favorite pieces as the jumping off point for the design of the new.  An existing hutch in the kitchen was used to integrate the new custom-built walnut and painted kitchen cabinets repeating some design elements of the original piece while making the space look fresh and modern. 

A 30 foot shelving unit was also designed around a much loved antique piece with spaces created to house the client’s artwork, media, record collection, and other favorite items. It is made out of mahogany and shares a custom - fabricated rolling library ladder with the kitchen.  

Rowan’s sensitivity to the clients’ wish to blend the new with the old results in a beautiful modern space that incorporates pieces from another era in an easy and seamless way that is very user friendly for the family.  Even the cats weren’t forgotten in the design of the painted kitchen island with butcher block countertop where a custom-built nook with scratching post houses these much loved pets.