Zen Modern

Washington, 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

Client Testimonial

"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."