Michael K. Chen Architecture

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Asian/Pacific Islander, LGBTQIA+ owned

New York, NY



Part wallflower, part party animal. The Party Wall is a multiple personality appliance for entertaining with a few surprises up its sleeves.

By day this transformer sits quietly, even elegantly in the entry to a Chelsea apartment. But after dark, lacquered panels open to reveal a full bar with integral refrigeration and tap, and storage in a louche walnut burl with integral LED lighting. A display compartment has another dual personality, flipping from cool and white, to richly burled. Vodka versus bourbon. A separate compartment reveals an integral custom humidor in milled cedar.

Cleverly integrated into the piece is a five foot-long pullout dining element that slides out, cantilevering from the storage volume on custom steel hardware. Integral stops hold the dining element in its extended position.  More of a micro dining room than just a table, the dining space fills a corner of the room, creating a pocket of intimacy perfect for quiet dinners for two.

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Status: Built
Location: New York, NY, US
Firm Role: Architect
Additional Credits: JHWORKS