The Penthouse Duplex at The Metropole in Washington, DC is an art-filled, modern dream residence which was innovatively renovated by FORMA Design.
What was once a rather closed-off duplex is now a spacious and airy dwelling with abundant light and storage. A main strategy was to open up the second level to create an airy L-shaped loft space by combining two bedrooms into one, while leaving it exposed to the adjoining study. Instead of being hidden behind drywall, the sleeping and work areas are now open to the downstairs living room, featuring a cable railing along the balcony so as not to block views of the city or the constant natural light filtering in through the double-story windows. Dark wood floors are a handsome contrast to the light coffee-hued ceilings, which contribute an overall richness to this space and the ones below.
The owners’ collection of contemporary art needed to be highlighted, so suspension lighting was placed throughout. Once incredible fixture is the hand-blown glass pendant which resembles a sculptural atom and is a stand-out design feature hovering over the apartment from the second floor off the study zone.
Carved limestone walls appear in living areas and the bedroom, while pale oak cabinetry was added for storage upstairs and downstairs, creating further continuity. Walls were left stark white to best showcase the various works of art. Painted white ductwork is exposed, lending a touch of industrial edge to the sleek, modern ambiance.
What is such a stellar idea is the mix-and-match living room seating. The black-and-white print modular sofas are not only fabulous to look at, but functional in that they can be moved around according to entertaining needs–or just mood. Love it!
Sunny yellow accent tables enliven the space, while herringbone marble floors play well with the patterned sofas. This eclectic area greets the open kitchen, which features a white-topped island set with four stools, as well as a separate dining nook which is fully glazed. A full-sized, built-in wine refrigerator is a nice addition to the streamlined oak cabinetry.
Fantastically exhibiting art, the Penthouse Duplex is a modern dream apartment which underwent an imaginative redesign to add light, storage and verve.