From Margaret Everton on June 4, 2010 in New York
When the owner of a 4,000-square-foot Chelsea duplex in NYC requested a massive fish tank wall in her swanky pad, William Diamond and Anthony Barratta of Diamond Baratta Design knew logistically that it just couldnt happen. So instead, they created an all-new seaworthy design minus the pesky upkeep. Each room employs a subtle, or not so subtle, nod to living underwater. This was done mostly through a gradual change in color from dark to light, but in the living room the artwork by Ray Charles White did the trick. Per the owners request for organic shapes in all of the furniture pieces, custom tables and art deco chairs were chosen for the living room. The unusual coffee table mimics the shape and movement of a jellyfish. The kitchen was completely gutted for the remodel, since its dark feel and low ceilings didnt flow with the design in the rest of the house. Among the additions: CaesarStone countertops, Simply Elegant cabinets with frosted glass, and a beautiful backsplash made with reverse painted glass. Recalling the original intent of the design, this bathtub is the epitome of rest and relaxation. While this homeowner didnt quite get her live-in collection of piranhas and angelfish, something tells me she isnt complaining. This design, after all, is far easier to handle.