Zen ModernWashington, DC
When the client hired FORMA for the complete renovation of this duplex townhouse in the Adams Morgan section of Washington DC, she had three main objectives. Provide a modern envelope for a simple collection of furniture and art. Create a dynamic state-of-the-art dream kitchen. Develop a bedroom and bath evoking her multiple trips to Asia. Simple finishes throughout the home blend to create a warm yet uncluttered space that complements the art and furniture.
The project was featured in ARCHITECTURE/DC magazine in the Fall of 2004, on HGTV's "Small Space, Big Style" in the Fall of 2005, and in The Washington Post Magazine Spring Home & Design edition in April of 2006
For the HGTV's "Small Space, Big Style" see the YouTube Video
"After renovating a small townhouse with Andreas and having lived there for couple years with great joy, an opportunity arose to purchase the next door unit which was larger and had a balcony with Washington monument views, but at about the same time I was stationed to Seoul, Korea for work. So we started a long distance renovation with Andreas. Knowing how picky I was and how involved I wanted to stay with the project, he and Juan sent me weekly updates with pictures and we would be on email almost daily. The design part was a breeze. I already knew and admired his style from the first renovation. Clean, modern lines that open up space, eliminate visual clutter and unify the space in such a way that made me feel special to wake up in such a place. But now having lived in Asia I found myself drawn to the understated zen aesthetics there. So Andreaas came to visit me in Seoul and I could show him elements of that style that I loved, But more than just showing them I wanted him to feel the sense of zen that I was experiencing there. We got so tuned in to this mindset that one night our emails crossed suggesting the same stone surround for the fireplace :-). The result is Zen Modern 2. A place that makes me feel happy just by being there. It is my sanctuary.
I know a lot of people would think it crazy to do a gut renovation from overseas. Well this was even better for me b/c I only got to see the wonderful product rather than dealing with the stress of a renovation. Andreas and Juan, I am very grateful for what you did. l love my beautiful place. It improved my life quality in a way I couldn't imagine."