New York inspiration

“The city seen from the Queensboro Bridge is always the city seen for the first time, in its first wild promise of all the mystery and beauty in the world.”
- F. Scott Fitzgerald

New York is the city that never sleeps. At the forefront of innovation and style, New York is defined by its fast pace, geometric forms, strong lines and soaring skyscrapers. It’s gritty, urban and multicultural, with a sense of style that’s the envy of its many international counterparts. If New York calls out to the city slicker in you, you need not travel there to get the lifestyle – or the look.

The Skyscrapers

The Big Apple is famed for its skyscrapers and industry. One can hardly imagine New York’s skyline without these towering giants that first began emerging in the 1880’s. Easily reaching hights up to 1,776 feet, the distinctive buildings bring to mind concrete slabs, reflective facades and steel, all elements in which you can find inspiration to enhance the interior of your home. Get the look with concret floors, cement look tiles, exposed airconditioning vents, raw brick feature walls and industrial steel accents.

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The Diner

Often refered to as the “antidote to urban loneliness”, diners are an iconic part of the New York landscape. From the checkerboard tiled floors and chromed fixtures to the classic red leather booths, NYC diners have a great deal to offer in the way of inspiration. All you have to do is get creative with the concept and you could end up with something truly unique. Use black and white checkerboard floors and bright pops of colour to capture this retro look.

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The Subway

There is perhaps nothing more iconic than New York’s subway. The world famous rapid transport system is the very essense of cosmopolitanism and the perfect place to source design inspiration. Chosen for their durability, subway tiles have been commonplace since the early part of the 20th century and have since been adopted by homeowners, thanks in part to the style’s classic simplicity. Subway tiles are a chic way to add visual interest to a space and using textures, quirky signs and revamped antiques, you can enhance the look.

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The Guggenheim

As the home of modern art, the Guggenheim Museum is the perfect source of inspiration. Capturing the dynamics of modern architecture, the building is a lesson in the movement of lines met with sharp edges. Living yet static, you can capture the mood of this iconic structure using products from Johnson Tiles and the Urban Collection. Using clean lines and simple white, you can add a modern and uncluttered feel to any space.

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