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City Suite

Host Joan Kohn visits Mitchell Robbins to tour the serene Zen-like master suite he created in his urban city apartment using natural materials, minimal furniture and a handsome color palette.

Architect Peter Sollogub and designer Maho Abe created a living environment in which spaces flow into each other. The master suite begins with an office space that opens to the bedroom, which flows into the precisely designed dressing area and ends in the small but visually interesting bathroom.

Low furniture lines and a single dramatic corner arrangement give the bedroom a contemporary Asian look.

  • The low European-style bed is dressed with rich toffee color linens that provide little contrast with the headboard, for a monochromatic, sophisticated look that is punctuated with a single red pillow. The neutral carpeting is sisal and the walls are a soft green. The wide stained wood baseboards seem to float above the carpeting.
  • A soffit was designed for the ceiling above the bed, helping to define the sleeping space.
  • Subtle colors and rich materials in the bath give a serene, calm feeling. The walls are a soft gray-green, natural maple is used for woodwork, and limestone is used for the floors and shower. The Asian look continues in the bathroom with a spectacular onyx vanity and an emphasis on warm, natural wood tones.
  • The doors to the storage unit in the bathroom use an open grid, which gives the sense of space beyond.
  • The vanity is made from toffee-colored onyx and white porcelain sinks. The natural maple cabinet below repeats the open grid pattern of the storage unit.
  • The bath has a large shower instead of a tub/shower combination. The shower is tiled with limestone, which is repeated in the flooring. A seamless glass surround gives the room a light, open look and feel.

The spacious dressing area is carefully designed to provide the optimal amount of storage.

A sleek office, just off the bedroom, uses rich wood cabinetry to define the space.

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