Gretsch New York – Marc Thorpe Design

Gretsch NY – Rooftop terrace

Marc Thorpe Design was approached with a new roof challenge, to design a private island oasis on top of the famed Gretsch Guitar building in the hip and trendy area of Williamsburg Brooklyn. The program called for custom lounge seating, semi-shaded areas, outdoor shower and a structure that took full advantage of the bi-directional views of Manhattan and Brooklyn. The solution was to take inspiration from the sky and the aircraft landing at New York’s LaGuardia Airport. The structure is design as a fuselage with an outer aluminum frame and inner wood skin. The lighting is integrated seamlessly into the skin of the deck to provide a rich glow to enhance the curvature of the structure. The furniture was designed to act as an organic “loungescape” to accommodate various types of seating and lying simultaneously. The seating can be assembled as a whole “island” or disconnected into parts to adjust to various seating conditions. The furniture was custom designed by MTD and fabricated by Quinze & Milan in Belgium.



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