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Gramercy Park two-bedroom transforms into a minimalist rental oasis

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The apartment’s overhaul was captured by architect Eric Petschek in striking before and after images

Interior designer Eric Petschek recently remodeled a two-bedroom rental apartment overlooking Gramercy Park, and he’s now shared some before and after photos of the project. Marketed by Corcoran, the rental unit is asking $14,995 per month—down from its original ask of $15,995 per month in January this year.

The rental spans 1,350 square feet and is located on the second floor of a seven-story building. The corner unit boasts unobstructed views of Gramercy Park, according to the listing, and features 12-foot-tall ceilings, and a wood-burning fireplace, among other notable features.

Petschek got his masters in interior design from the Pratt Institute in 2012 and has worked for Herman Miller and Yabu Pushelberg in the past, before branching out on his own. This particular rental marks his first solo interior design project.

“I’m influenced by Belgian design,” Petschek told Curbed over the telephone, while describing his thought process for the rental. “This is something of a minimalist apartment, but I also wanted it to be warm, and wanted it to be appropriate to Gramercy Park.”

Petschek’s renovation brought several changes to the home. For one, Petschek installed recessed lighting in all the rooms in the house. In addition, the living, dining, and master bedroom all feature motorized shades now.

In the master bathroom, Petschek chose a bunch of features by Italian company Fantini, including the rain shower. This bathroom also comes with heated floors and a double vanity made with Stellar White stone.

In the kitchen, Petschek went for book-matched walnut cabinetry, appliances by Gaggenau, and countertops made with Michelangelo Calacatta marble. The apartment also features a ton of closet space, and they’re all done up with plank-matched ash. And of course, the best feature of all, for many, might be the key to Gramercy Park.

This apartment has been owned by the same family for about three decades, Petschek told Curbed. The family hasn’t actually lived in the unit, and the space has operated as rental since they purchased it, but this is the first time the unit has undergone an extensive renovation in several years.

“Being my first solo project, this is a real labor of love,” Petschek said. “I also got lucky with the space—this is the only floor in the building with 12-foot ceilings, and it’s one of the corner line units. I think it turned out well.”