Mood Board | Industrial Inspiration for an NYC Apartment Design

Today’s New York bachelor apartment design features industrial details, combined with organic elements and a refined colour palette with on-trend accents of deep green.

The Brief

  • Give character & style to a generic new-build 5th floor studio apartment
  • Provide suggestions for arranging open floor plan into kitchen, living, dining, bedroom & bathroom areas
  • Create a space with a “wow” factor
  • Incorporate existing furnishings and artwork that the client has collected on his frequent travels

Industrial interior inspiration

I can honestly say that I love every single space in the inspiration board for this apartment design.

Indsutrial Organic Masculine NYC Apartment Inspiration Board

Image sources, clockwise from top left:
Kitchen / Breakfast Nook / Bedroom / Closet / Closet / Bathroom / Bathroom / Den / Door / Kitchen / Dining / Reading Corner

The Floor Plan

Moving on to the floor plan for this NYC apartment design, which started out as a 1200 sq ft empty box.

NYC Apartment Design - unfurnished floor plan

The space needed separating into areas designated for sleeping, eating, working, etc. Because the windows run solely along one side of the unit, I put all the living spaces on that side, and placed the more utilitarian spaces – kitchen, bathrooms, laundry – against the darker back wall.

1 bed 2 bath open plan NYC apartment design with bonus room - floor plan

I kept most of the unit open-plan, but defined spaces for living and dining with big area rugs, and created an entryway with a big closet and another, smaller rug. The second bathroom is big enough to add in a shower stall, and the bonus room could serve as storage, a guest room, an office or a workout room.

An office space doesn’t have to be big, but it makes a huge difference if it looks intentional. Building it into a nook between the bedroom and the bonus room achieves that.

Mood Board

I had to incorporate some of the client’s existing furnishings. The mood board shows those existing pieces on the left, and some new additions on the right.

Furnishing Choices for NYC Apartment Design - Mood Board


  1. Following A Thread and Leading to the Next One pool paintings – Michelle Armas
  2. Chinese Console – Golden Triangle
  3. Faux Wall Mounted Skulls – Mia Fleur
  4. Barcelona Chair
  5. Moroccan Rug – Similar on Etsy
  6. Danish Chairs – Chairish
  7. Oversized Chinese Terracotta Vessel – Golden Triangle
  8. Dodu Bed – All Modern
  9. Live Edge Dining Table – Norr 11 at Houseology
  10. Green Velvet Sofa – One Kings Lane
  11. Ottomans – Art Hide
  12. Scalloped Hide Rug – Serna & Lily
  13. Bartlett Raffia Nesting Tables – Serena & Lily
  14. Interior steel framed windows separating living, sleeping and dressing areas (image source)


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