Once upon a time, New York City was full of decrepit, molding apartments. Then people realized there was really no other place to live - why spend an hour commuting from Brooklyn, or pretending to understand Queens? No. Manhattan was the only option. One by one, old buildings were resuscitated. They were born again as slick, modern and modular homes. Were they still tiny? Yes - but this translated as cosy. Architect Tim Seggerman took on the challenge of this once unfortunate Upper West Side studio. The apartment is a showcase for brilliant woodwork if nothing more, being sculptured from the finest cypress, bamboo, ash and beech.

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