We visit Malin + Goetz founders’ balanced apartment on the Upper West Side
Matthew Malin and Andrew Goetz, founding partners of beauty brand Malin + Goetz, own this New York apartment designed by architecture firm Messana O’Rorke (MO’R) and featured in the latest monograph of the studio, building blocks
A balanced, contemporary Upper West Side apartment designed by Messana O’Rorke (MO’R) is one of many projects by the New York-based architecture firm featured in a new Rizzoli monograph titled building blocks, and this month. The space, designed specifically for the founders of luxury skincare and fragrance brand Malin + Goetz, Matthew Malin and Andrew Goetz, blends hands-on flair with modern minimalist architecture, New York and the distinctive aesthetics and needs of its owners. The resulting interior of the apartment combines past and present, simplicity and refined decoration.
The apartment is located in an existing building, which MO’R has meticulously redesigned. Past and present meet in new reclaimed oak herringbone flooring, restored plaster relief moldings and preserved original windows, creating connections between this new take and the building’s heritage. Meanwhile, modernist furnishings sit alongside new bespoke pieces, such as sleek built-in storage, underscore the owners’ contemporary identity.
In keeping with the Malin + Goetz feel-good philosophy, the bathrooms in the Upper West Side apartment were the focus of the design. In keeping with the brand’s modern apothecary approach, these spaces were composed of clean, minimalist Carrara marble blocks, gray-tinted mirror, bathroom fixtures and unlacquered brass hardware. . A slender floor-to-ceiling cabinet offers plenty of storage space.
“Like the Malin + Goetz boutiques that we imagined, in which a single vintage display element subtly compensates for the tight architectural envelope, the furniture and interior fittings here bridge the gap between traditional and modern. It is a home that finds beauty and luxury in simplicity, a place at peace with history and the here and now,” the architects said.
Architects Brian Messana and Toby O’Rorke recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of their studio, which the monograph marks by taking the reader on a journey through 25 of the firm’s projects – ranging from housing to commercial and design work. The book includes a foreword by architect Thomas Phifer and immaculate photographs by Stephen Kent Johnson. “Minimalism is not the solution. This is the appearance under which complexity is best hidden”, write the partners. §