How An Upper East Side Co-Op Was Remade With An Artist’s Soul

lorenza panero apartment 1326 madison ave apt 55 manhattan
A colorful pied-é-terre on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. (Ted Porter Architecture | Ty Cole Photographer)

It’s a true artist’s loft in every sense.

And no wonder. The Upper East Side co-op apartment has been the beneficiary of a collaboration of creative minds: architect Ted Porter and owner Lorenza Panero, a multidisciplinary Bogotá-based artist who works in photography, painting and sculpture.

Visually, the result is that of a clean white canvas splashed with color. Functionally, it’s an imaginative use of the high-ceilinged space.

The dining nook in a Manhattan apartment.

Custom white cabinetry plays a transformative role throughout the apartment. (Ted Porter Architecture | Ty Cole Photographer )

Due to renovation work, the once choppy floorplan now has a more flexible layout. The dining room can be quickly turned into a second bedroom with built-in, hideaway storage for the table and chairs, a movable wall partition and the use of a Murphy bed.

Custom white cabinetry plays a transformative role throughout the apartment. In the adjacent living room, a cabinet folds up to reveal the television. When down, the white-faced cabinet fronts blend into the walls.

Clever built-ins in artist's manhattan apartment on madison ave

A cabinet folds up to reveal the television in the living room. When down, the white-faced cabinet fronts blend into the walls. (Ted Porter Architecture | Ty Cole Photographer)

The galley kitchen can be hidden away by sliding doors to resemble a closet-lined hallway. A large pass-through above the kitchen sink connects to the dining area.

The fifth-floor perch is flooded with natural light from its southern and eastern exposures. A glass upper cabinet brings sunlight from the dining area in the kitchen.

living room in an artist's apartment at 1326 Madison Ave

Bright-colored furniture and artwork pops against the apartment’s white-walled interior. (Ted Porter Architecture | Ty Cole Photographer)

In the bathroom, a floating vanity and large glass-fronted shower continue the clean, minimal appearance.

An aluminum picture rail runs throughout the 1,075-square-foot apartment.

kitchen in manhattan apartment renovated by architect Ted Porter and owner Lorenza Panero

Sliding doors conceal the galley-style kitchen. (Ted Porter Architecture | Ty Cole Photographer)

The one-bedroom, one-bathroom co-op is in a pet-friendly building in the Carnegie Hill neighborhood, about a block away from Central Park. The 40-unit building was converted in 1980 and dates to the turn of the last century. Amenities include a live-in super, a laundry room and a bike room, as well as extra storage.

bedroom inside Lorenza Panero upper east side apartment

A narrow partition creates a small office space in the bedroom. (Ted Porter Architecture | Ty Cole Photographer)

The unit, 1326 Madison Avenue Apartment 55, is listed for $1.325 million by Cecilia Serrano and Hala Lawrence of Warburg Realty, a founding member of Forbes Global Properties.

As for the colorful furnishings that give the co-op its distinct vibe? Purchasing those with the place could be an option. In real estate, everything is negotiable.

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During four decades of covering luxury and celebrity housing, I’ve looked into people’s homes, lives and property records through many lenses. I was the Los Angeles Times Real Estate section editor for eight years, the Hot Property columnist for six and did stints as a newspaper reporter, copy editor and page designer. My work for The Times Business, Home and Real Estate sections has garnered in-house and national awards for blogging, editing and feature writing.

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