New York Model Management

Designing the new headquarters for New York Model Management, one of the most powerful and successful modeling agencies in the industry, was truly an honor and inspiring experience. The space in essence is an exercise of simple design unified by the repetition of materials, curved shapes and blue accents; it’s a lesson in less-is-more that serves as a backdrop for the everchanging fashion and modeling world.

The well-functioning and industry specific spaces are a reflection of the continuous collaboration between the owner and agency team throughout the programmatic phase all the way thru the details of the work areas and how each should function. The space is flexible, allowing for growth, and more importantly it’s an inviting and comfortable environment for the entire staff and models the agency represents.

Design Collaboration: James Michael Angelo, JMA Design

Construction: Rafferty Brothers
MEP Consultants: Jack Green Associates
Upholstery: Eli Shade and Interiors
Furniture: Empire Office Inc/ steelcase (Mike Maltz)
Photography: Allyson Lubow

Gural Residence

A full gut demo on a quintessential NY Greenwich Villag street., this apartment presented itself as a great opportunity to focus on design details, materials and innovative layout changes to create a warm inviting home.

Jean Santelises. Studio BLS Architects

MEG65 Residence

Located in one of Robert A.M. Stern renowned residential buildings, this renovation brought new life and energy into our clients home. The Foyer, Powder room, Kitchen and Master Bathroom re-design fused old world sensibility with a nuanced modern aesthetic. Different wood finishes, elaborate marble floors and a varied wallcovering selection were all materials used for the new palatte.

Careful consideration was taken to blend both spaces as we opened the kitchen to the living room creating a more interactive space.

The detailed marble floor in the Master Bathroom sets the tone for a luxurious experience highlighted by the stone frame sink vanity and make up counter.

Jean Santelises. Studio BLS Architects

DCM Design Center Marmotech

We focused our creative thinking and programmatic skills in Marmotech’s expansive new showroom to reinvent how they do business and showcase a multitude of architectural products including stone, porcelain, mosaics, plumbing fixtures, kitchens and closets.

Design Center Marmotech is developed in 5 levels, 4 interior exhibition spaces and 1 exterior event space. We designed the interior of each level as a neutral flexible backdrop that provides maximum flexibility for change and growth. Every stand and product exhibition is movable and adaptable to new trends and products.

Collaboration was key. We coordinated with local consultants, worked hand in hand with the building architects, and developed the program and interiors thru dedicated discussions with the company’s team.

Jean Santelises. Studio BLS Architects

454LR Residence

Nominated a Historic District in 1973, Park Slope is one of the Brooklyn neighborhoods most coveted for family living. Its tree lined streets and single family homes were the perfect environment for this growing family. With the goal of preserving and restoring its original detailing, we embarked on a modernizing feat to update all the systems and finishes in a house not touched in over 80 years.

To achieve this simbiosis of modernizing and respecting the past, all the electrical, plumbing and mechanical systems were delicately inserted through the 4 levels of the residence. New materials used were contemporary and clean lined and most importantly complemented the original details of the home.

Jean Santelises. Studio BLS Architects