THIS NEW YORK STUDIO APARTMENT IS SMALL IN SIZE
The proverb “absence makes the heart grow fonder” is generally applied to the love between human beings,
but it proves just as adept at encapsulating the affection of a tenant for his carefully appointed abode.
Consider designer Charlie Ferrer’s recent, temporary leave from the West Chelsea studio apartment he has rented since 2016.
When the pandemic took hold earlier this year,
Ferrer moved to Palm Beach to stay at his parents’ house (which,
incidentally, he designed for them). A friend of his camped out in his New York place while he was away.
This past summer, he moved back up north and continued to live with his parents at their home in Greenwich, Connecticut, also a product of his handiwork.
“I was almost afraid to go back to my place because I thought the small apartment would be really isolating and claustrophobic,”
explains Ferrer, who eventually returned to Chelsea in the fall. “But when I gave it a chance, I felt really good. There’s a feeling here I’ve really missed,
a feeling you can only experience in your own space.”
In this respect, Ferrer is just like those of us lucky enough to have a home of our own during trying times,
finding comfort in the familiar and the personal, regardless of scale. Of course, given his profession and talents,
Ferrer’s version of “personal” is far more refined than that of the average non-designer. A few years ago, he was living in a one-bedroom apartment farther east in Chelsea when he discovered the 1930s landmarked industrial building, home to his current residence, on a late spring afternoon. Taken with the block’s quiet energy and the seminary on its south side, he ended up revisiting the area in 2016 when he was looking to move; he had leased office space nearby and was hoping to downsize to a studio apartment to save money. What the space in the 1930s building lacked in size, it made up for with cool casement windows, plenty of light, and a working fireplace. รับออกแบบบ้าน