Salvaged Materials Make Up Super Slick NYC Studio
Check out this short video of Bill Di Paola’s 500 sq ft studio on Manhattan’s Lower East Side–aka “The Tron Apartment.” Though the polish and shine of the place make it look like everything was bought new, the space is mostly a collage of recycled and salvaged materials. For example, the kitchen shelves were purchased from Pan Am Airlines when they went out of business. Interesting touches like mirror-polished metal panels on the ceiling, illuminated plexiglass walls and a clear glass sink are designed to give the impression that the space is larger than it is.
Di Paola said he wanted to something super clean to contrast with what he does during the day, which is running a great bike advocacy group in NYC called Times Up. In other words, after a long day of bike grease, he wanted a bastion of cleanliness. He seems to understand that the aesthetic isn’t for everyone, but feels it perfect for himself.
The apartment demonstrates that with a bit of resourcefulness and creativity, you can do a lot with a small space.