Atop the historic Forward Building in the Lower East Side, Homepolish's Jesse Turek designed a decidedly modern and minimalist bachelor pad, overlooking the hustle and bustle of the city.
Photos by Claire Esparros.
In 1912, American newspaper The Forward was at the peak of its popularity, constructing its namesake tower in the Lower East Side, a beaux arts building decorated with the faces of famous Socialist thinkers. True to form (and to New York as a whole), the building moved forward (even if the publication did not). By the 1990s, the printing press and offices were converted into condos. And two years ago, one of the units went to a rather, well, forward-thinking bachelor.
Surprisingly, the interior foundations of the apartment are stark and minimalist, in contrast to the detailed facade. Skim-coated white walls and oak floors, giant windows with views of the city… When Homepolish’s Jesse Turek walked into the space, the client made it clear: go for calm and restrained, a sanctuary-like space. That said, it needed to accommodate his various bachelor-life entertaining needs.
Fussy and fragile details were out of the question. A simple black leather sectional floats in the living room space, perfect for hiding any spills from a rogue cocktail. A modern, geometric brass chandelier designates an easy-to-clean lacquered table that’s prepared for any rabble-rousing. And in the bedroom, blackout shades are at the ready to block out the annoying sun the morning after.
Working with Jesse was super, super enjoyable. He was always responsive and consistently sent me ideas as we were going through the planning process. He was open to my feedback and constructive criticism until we got to the final result.- Anonymous Homepolish client