Modern Marvel

Sleek and serene from joy Lee

Joy Lee, Korean born interior designer, graduate of Metropolitan Institute of Design and creator of Joy's Journey in Design, completed a nine month redesign of a home in Old Westbury along with her associate designer, Ryon Son.

The house, a 6,000 square foot, 12 room contemporary built in the 1980s, received an entire makeover with an ultra-modernism-to-the-extreme edge. This ranch style home consists of five bedrooms with an open floor plan for the kitchen, dining and living room space. The first floor also has a library, sewing room, two closets and three baths. The basement features a movie theater, two offices, five seat wet bar, hot/cold wet sauna and full bath.

The Belleville double-door entryway, featuring a contemporary leaf design and a starburst Sputnik chandelier, leads to the 350 square foot kitchen. Laminated cabinets with 18 inch chrome handles, quartz island countertop and ultra white laminated floor tile illustrates the avant-garde style. Miele appliances integrate with the contemporary approach and five leatherette, tangerine orange chairs around the Caja tulip table provide a pop of color.

The clients’ love of literature and biographies led Lee to create a space to reflect the Trinity University Library in Dublin by installing a photo-mural vaulting 17 feet entirely on a single wall.

Bookshelves house 1500 volumes as well as sculptures of the clients’ literary favorites. The academic-inspired space includes a reclaimed wood counter desk with functional cabinet maker reading lamps, reading point ceiling lights and computer station for each family member. Masterful guidance through Lee’s choice of accessories are a 1930s era Remington typewriter, rotary phone, circa 1900 sailing ship models, a wooden library bookstand for oversized books and antique cigar boxes. Two leather Burnhardt chairs with ottomans and an 80-inch, three-seat sofa finish off the room. A round leather chandelier illuminates and further enhances the space.

The dining area has a 9-foot custom quartz table top with chrome legs and seating for 10. The width is custom to 36 inches for easy sharing of dinner dishes prepared daily by the client. Chairs are ultra white from Crystal. Diamond shaped sconces and a Hinkley chrome and crystal chandelier add a hint of romance to this ultra-luxe space.

Culturally for the client, a separate hot and cold wet bath/sauna was installed with space for the entire family. The sauna houses a waterproof TV, an open duel shower booth and all surround LED blue lights. The steam sauna goes up to 120 degrees.