The stunning minimalist modern home you’re about to see was featured in Architectural Digest’s November/December 1976 issue as a New York City home Joe D’Urso had reinvented as an exemplar of High Tech design.

This extreme minimalist–modern industrial style that had become his signature made possible to put together an Upper West Side apartment that was unlike anything ever seen or imagined at the time. Shall we take look? 


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Untouched 1970s Modern Home of a New York Preservationist Untouched 1970s Modern Home of a New York Preservationist 1 The space located at the top of a West 67th Street Gothic-revival atelier building was a four-bedroom duplex belonging to prominent labor lawyer Bruce Simon and his wife, Arlene Simon, a childrenswear designer who in 1985 would co-found the preservation group LandmarkWest!

Untouched 1970s Modern Home of a New York Preservationist dl heritage 750Untouched 1970s Modern Home of a New York Preservationist   Untouched 1970s Modern Home of a New York Preservationist Untouched 1970s Modern Home of a New York Preservationist 2 In creating the apartment’s design, D’Urso used the most limited palette of colors and materials and the fewest pieces of furniture possible. He covered the floors in nearly black commercial-grade carpeting of a sort not usually associated with residential design, contrasting its dark hue and low, nubby texture with smooth high-gloss white paint.

Untouched 1970s Modern Home of a New York Preservationist   Untouched 1970s Modern Home of a New York Preservationist Untouched 1970s Modern Home of a New York Preservationist 3 D’Urso also removed the dropped ceiling in the dining room, opening it up to reveal two structural coves. He then used four black steel cylinders and a quartet of Formica tabletops to create a flexible modular table system that could seat up to 20 guests.

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A Charles and Ray Eames lounge chair and ottoman for Herman Miller sit in the main living space, adjacent to double doors that lead to the dining room.

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Untouched 1970s Modern Home of a New York Preservationist   Untouched 1970s Modern Home of a New York Preservationist Untouched 1970s Modern Home of a New York Preservationist 4 1 He furnished the space sparsely, with a few blocky, rolling black-Formica coffee tables and a couple of low-slung woven chairs set on a high carpeted platform. That plinth was one of several he created to break up and define various sections of the room, using one as a sofa, another as a daybed, and one even as a table.

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