The Kenig Residence stands for Ricky Kenig’s residence, the same Ricky from Ricky’s NYC stores.
While his stores go under the flag “Beauty is what you make of it”, his house goes under modern and unique, in the name of architectural beauty.
Three stories high, the Kenig Residence is the home for a family of four: Ricky Kenig and his three daughters.
Located in Park Slope, Brooklyn, the house was renovated and recreated by James and Hayes Slade from Slade Architecture in the spirit of mixing: public space and private space, apartments into loft, a simple wall into an photographic delight.
The house was organized floor by floor. The basement is a classic den-type room with pool table and couches, the ground floor is intended as a loft-like living room and kitchen with floating exterior wood deck above the garden.
The second floor is the girl’s territory with their bedrooms, kid-lounge and bath. The third floor is the bachelor retreat with bedroom, bath and home office.
The house was built in 1899 and the current renovation took 18 months and $1,3 million. Decorating the minimalist house was not uneasy: Mr. Kenig’s impressive collection of sneakers occupies an entire wall at the top floor. In the living room there’s a decoration on one of the walls with 96 copper skulls (actually molds for mannequin heads).
Along the stairs, for the ground floor and the girls floor, the blackened metal is covered with magnets holding family photographs. Thousands of them. That is what makes this house so special and unique. And warm!