In 2005, actors David Alan Basche and Alysia Reiner purchased an abandoned townhouse in Harlem, NY. After teaming up with builder Nicolas Moons and architect Hannah Purdy, the husband and wife duo dedicated two years to renovating and reimagining the dilapidated home. Twenty four months later, the once-neglected space was transformed from a hollow shell to a modern oasis.
Following the birth of their daughter a few years later, David and Alysia’s emphasis on sustainability and using recycled, reusable materials took on greater significance and became increasingly more important to the couple. Working with Alan and Alysia on blending reclaimed materials with their renovated contemporary town house, The Hudson Company utilized rough hewn, spalted maple to create a custom wooden countertop that contrasts the otherwise sleek, modern interior. Continuing upward to the second floor, Alan and Alysia chose to incorporate Hudson Company Mushroom Wood as a decorative accent wall with an organic and sculpted feel. Reclaimed from wooden mushroom-growing beds, this product is a hybrid of softwoods with deep, textural aesthetics and a rich functional history.
Take a closer look at the work we did inside David Alan Basche and Alysia Reiner’s Harlem home featured in the May 2015 issue of Dwell Magazine.
- Suzanne Shrekgast for The Hudson Company