The Clinton Hill Cooperative Apartments are a secret architectural gem, designed in the 1930s by Wallace K. Harrison (his oeuvre includes the Time-Life Building at Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall). My photographer friend Susanna Howe lives there, and describes her apartment "as a classic prewar apartment with the views of a Brooklyn brownstone."
"At leafy green tree level, our views are filled with a beautiful church, church yard, brownstones and mansions, plus the green globes of the subway station." Her interior palette of gray, green, black, and white echoes the views outside, and a mix of simple midcentury and vintage pieces animates the space. See more at Clinton Avenue Dream.
Above: A Case Study Sectional Daybed from Modernica delineates the living room from the entryway; the rug is from West Elm and a pair of lamps with gray shades are from CB2. The entry wall is painted in Alley Cat from Olympic.
Above: A vintage Saarinen side chair sits under a photograph by Katherine Wolkoff.
Above: A view of the classic prewar layout from the entryway.
Above: Corner windows flood the apartment with light. The table is a marble topped Saarinen with vintage black caned chairs. Susanna customized a Pottery Barn chandelier with black shades that she painted gold on the inside to add a touch of glamour.
Above: The kitchen is pure Ikea: cabinets, counter tops, and glass globe lights Ikea
Above: The upholstered headboard from Garnet Hill and the side table with sliding doors is from Urban Outfitters.
Above: A vintage sofa and dresser, plus custom blackout shades.
Above: A sitting area in the baby's room.
Above: A crib from Ikea and a striped rug from Layla Brooklyn in the nursery.
Above: The bath includes original tile work in black, gray, and white; Susanna added the black toilet seat.
Above: A room with a view: the "brownstone view" of a church across the street.