Amity Street Residence by Selma Akkari and Rawan Muqaddas


Amity Road is a design and style-led advancement project by Selma Akkari, in collaboration with Rawan Muqaddas. Positioned in the historic Cobble Hill district, the Brooklyn apartment sits on the 4th ground of a stone constructing constructed in 1910, overlooking a lush tree line on a peaceful cobblestone road at the corner of Amity and Clinton. The charming apartment hadn’t been touched considering the fact that the ‘60s preserving a feeling of character that the duo resolved to establish on.

Longtime friends and Pratt Architecture classmates, Akkari and Muqaddas, located them selves aligned with a related perception- that in architecture and design and style, a room embodies the idea of constructing stunning designs that are created to previous, and be certain that integrity and aesthetics acquire centre stage. After acquiring her Bachelor in Architecture from Pratt Institute, Selma Akkari started off her job in New York, wherever she labored on numerous hospitality and residential tasks. From large architecture tactics, and designing ground-up properties to smaller boutique studios crafting intimate spaces, she learnt from working in diverse environments and different undertaking scales. Her style and design method is guided by the understanding of development and element, with a target on exploratory research and a passion for generating spaces that boost the human knowledge. She explores the equilibrium involving minimum still heat style. Rawan Muqaddas built London her foundation right after graduating from Columbia graduate university of scheduling and preservation (GSAPP). She is currently doing work on household and hospitality assignments in between London, New York, and the Middle East.

The Amity Road collaboration arrived about following a developer approached them with a one of a kind eyesight in mind for a full gut renovation of the unit. The program was to enrich the benefit of the assets as a result of a sustainable layout lens that taken care of a high-conclusion aesthetic. The New York Metropolis current market becoming rather competitive, intended the space wanted to cater to a new wave of Cobble Hill buyers wanting for households – good and revolutionary arranging was critical.

Akkari and Muqaddas focused on the procedure from conception to shipping, setting up with careful focus to detail by drawings, to selecting the ideal consultants and contributors to get on board. The duo was adamant about doing the job with structure-savvy creators and artisans, prioritizing women of all ages-run and area organizations for the project the two get in touch with their to start with.

An escape from the active Brooklyn streets, the coronary heart of the house was thoroughly curated. Holding the kitchen airy and open, it was conceived as aspect of the dwelling place with an emphasis on the very long marble shelf in area of upper cabinets. The shelf topped by two sconces serves as a backdrop showcasing the honed purple-green veined marble. The structure then enables the fridge to be tucked absent from the dining home, leaving it unseen. The bedrooms have been perceived as a moment of serenity with integrated open up shelves and an ensuite walk-in closet and toilet. An operable skylight was launched in the second bed room, allowing even additional mild to flood by means of the 16-window corner apartment. With adaptability in head, an alternate floor plan was conceived, letting the addition of a 3rd bedroom with minimal development. The living area then continues to be open up, boasting the two historic bay windows overlooking Amity Road.


The designers observed likely centred close to the building’s legacy. A dialogue of opposites was the main concept powering the generation minimum but warm, understated, however loaded. This concept was materialized by the pairing of an aluminium-clad kitchen area against a regular rounded arch, and hand-built ceramic tiles in opposition to gentle modern day lighting. A warm color palette was deployed to unify the areas by way of mild oak flooring, cream-hued walls that contrasted with dim stone, and stained wood inset bookshelves.

‘A dialogue of opposites was the main concept behind the generation minimum but warm, understated still prosperous.’— Akkari & Muqaddas

In get to provide the space to its complete existence, the duo termed in The Somerset Property for a staging collaboration. With an innate link aesthetically and energetically, their eyesight of bringing jointly a culmination of diverse cultures and eras from Italian and Danish Present day combined with a sprinkling of Baroque and Primitive influences immediately remodeled the area. 

‘Selma’s extraordinary awareness to depth and combine of materials actually captivated us – it was apparent there was an immediate synergy amongst the both of us. The arched entryways, and an open airy layout, promptly felt would pair beautifully with our curated choices which brought in some warmer textures, tones and patina to the space.’ – Alan Eckstein, founder The Somerset Property

On a back again-fall of refined aspects and a combination of components, Somerset launched hotter textures, tones, and patina to the area, in a contemporary still warm and one of a kind area that feels style and design-centric but also intimate and inviting. 

‘With Selma, the partnership was totally collaborative which is anything we price and will allow for the venture to evolve in an natural and organic way.’ – Alan Eckstein



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