Karim Rashid to shake up Harlem with a “diamond” building

Industrial designer, neon-lover, environment supporter, Karim Rashid is doing it again. Only better! After lending his aesthetics to metal tiles for Alloy or even a scintillating crystal kitchen for Scavolini, the award-winning arbitrator of architecture is designing an entire eight-story apartment building in East Harlem. And much like the location, the designs seem to be going Gangnam as well.

HAP Investments happens to have convinced Karim Rashid to model a mixed-use project poised to become a 19-unit space of which there will be 17 one-bedrooms and 2 two-bedrooms in a 495 to 765-square-feet as well as a ground floor commercial space. Off-the-wall renderings for the building reveal a “diamond signature” design that looks like trademark Rashid.

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A seemingly futuristic functionality prevails in what looks like a living room. While, earthy elements such as the sunlight streaming wall-to-floor windows are in place, they come meshed with minimalistic designs and space-age shapes imitated in the furniture.
Similar spick and span-ness is seen in the bedroom as well. Only, the couches and dining paraphernalia are replaced by a trendy bed that extends to hold domestic hodgepodge, and corner chair. The aqua inspired carpeting, however, remains the same as the drawing room and matches well with the artsy wall space.

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Even the bathroom reflects the revolutionary design, its length strewn with a smattering of fashionable fittings ending in a color-infused shower stall. The décor is decidedly in sync with the needs of the modern age.

Located at 1655 Madison Avenue, the property’s prices are listed starting at $430,000. And while we can’t say whether they will be rentals or condos, they sure will channel candy and crystal.

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[Via – Curbed]