Photos by <a href="http://www.mottalini.com">Chris Mottalini</a>
Photos by Chris Mottalini

In Downtown Manhattan, it is well known, light does not come in abundance when you get a flat on the fourth floor on the Lower East Side. It takes a designer like Alex P. White, who utilizes the scarcity of light as an enriching element for his works, to create this lush and dreamy ‘70s inspired setting.

Photos by <a href="http://www.mottalini.com">Chris Mottalini</a>
Photos by Chris Mottalini

The flat is mainly composed of two areas: a sleeping area and a living area. In the living area you can also find a kitchen and a wrap-around surface that goes from being the back shelf of a sofa to a fully functional desk just around the corner.

Photos by <a href="http://www.mottalini.com">Chris Mottalini</a>
Photos by Chris Mottalini

Above the structure, a bookshelf is located, which is, as almost the totality of the furnishings of the place, a built-in element. Led lights have been installed in each casing to allow the shelves to become light sources themselves.

Photos by <a href="http://www.mottalini.com">Chris Mottalini</a>
Photos by Chris Mottalini

Among the built-ins of the house, the majestic faux fur, art-deco inspired bed stands still in an environment that seems to be suspended in time.

Photos by <a href="http://www.mottalini.com">Chris Mottalini</a>
Photos by Chris Mottalini

The owner of the house, designer Manuela Giannini, left much of her belongings behind when moving in, as storage and space is limited in this type of setting. Yet, Alex P. White put the stress on the importance of layering the owner’s taste and personality over the elements of the house, therefore the built-ins.