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Nov272013

You won't believe what this is

Diana Mui wrote us recently, and explained that she is an Interior Designer, Artist, Drill lover and Painter of walls. :-) She wanted to share a project she has completed that I have to admit is truly remarkable. It is the coolest doctor's office I have ever seen, and makes me wonder why doctor's offices are always so damn tacky and cold. 
When we started the back area of this project, we believed it was a tear down and we were prepared to renovate the entire space. We took some time and started to believe in fixing all the little flaws without the original plan for a dramatic renovation. After all, I believe our first responsibility to our planet is also the easiest. Recycle, reuse and whenever possible creatively create anew.  Besides this space is located in Tribeca. Tribeca is an amazing contrast of old and new. We truly wanted to make a big impact without knocking anything down and do our best to makeover the old, the broken and the flawed. Instead, we aimed to freshen it up with a touch of bold, and unexpected style. This is a doctors office for allergies and it's the re-freshening area for patients. The ceilings are 14' high. Tongue and groove wainscoting covers most walls as stairs lead to a small office. The striped floors are on a diagonal to create movement within the space. This also breaks up the vertical lines created by the wainscoting. The furniture kept simple, clean, fresh and white allowing the floor to take center stage. The simplicity of a brass antique fire extinguisher takes the place of a sculpture. Outdoor lighting are now used as patina indoor lighting. Within the second room - bleached gray panels line the floors.  A classic lit exit sign is set over panels of brand new textured wallpaper. Newly installed and then distressed with random touches of black and white paint. Wood beams run across ceiling and again, random coats of black and/or white paint defines each of them. Original glass panes and doors divide the two back areas. Painted a deep rich gray to allow the light to truly sparkle through the glass. (after photos by Marietta Leung)

Reader Comments (7)

WOW! I actually think I wouldn't mind waiting the normal 1 hour or more I have to wait at my doctor's if THIS were the surroundings. Gorgeous!

27 Nov 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjane

No way. I would gladly wait in this office for hours! So freaking fab.

27 Nov 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

The designer has every right to be proud of the work -- it isn't easy to change plans midstream. Well done indeed. Very professional, very practical, and very satisfying. The mirror was a brilliant addition. The color mix all in all is wonderfully balanced, areas of calm with pops of vibrant energy; the orange pipe is probably my favorite pop, but oh, that wire lamp! I'd be ready to take on the world after 'refreshening' in that space! Here's to hoping the doctor keeps the temperature UP.

27 Nov 2013 | Unregistered Commenteroregonbird

I always wonder why hospitals and doctors' offices look so dire. I think you'd automatically feel less ill and more at ease in a beautiful space like this.

27 Nov 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie

Love how the doctor's office looks as if you stepped into a breath of fresh air. Great usage of bringing the the outdoors inside and clean look with the invigorating pops of color!

28 Nov 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTina

What is the black and white flooring made of? Or is it just painted concrete?

Thank you!

28 Nov 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCandace

this is simply gorgeous! rustic yet modern, zen but playful, so light and full of air with creativity sprinkled all over it - the tree room window, the magnificent timeless clock centerpiece, the unexpected chic black and white stripes.. my deep respect to the mastermind behind all of this. terrific job.

1 Dec 2013 | Unregistered CommenterIrina

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