Meet the next generation of real-estate designers

It’s not easy to break into the cutthroat NYC and Miami residential real estate markets, but developers are taking a chance on a fresh crop of notable up-and-comers. Meet the dynamo architects and interior whizzes who are debuting their first full-scale residential commissions in the tri-state and South Florida regions.


Vennie Lau of VLDG; One Park in Cliffside, NJ.DMG Investments

Just outside the city, VLDG — helmed by Vennie Lau and Paul A. Vega — is handling the interiors of its first residential gig: the forthcoming 204-unit One Park in Cliffside Park, NJ (from $500,000). Wire-brushed wood floors in the apartments and terrazzo flooring in the lobby take their cues from the surrounding landscape, which faces Manhattan, across the Hudson River.

“These materials selected are as classically timeless as the Palisades rock formation One Park is perched upon, gazing over the rhythms of the most exciting city in the world,” says Lau, who was previously a senior designer at Studio GAIA.

Gil Even-Tsur

Gil Even-Tsur of Even-Tsur Architecture Workshop; 200 Water in Dumbo.MWStudio

Architect Gil Even-Tsur spent nine years working for Richard Meier before launching his own Brooklyn-based Gil Even-Tsur Architecture Workshop. He was recently tapped to design both the interiors and exteriors of 200 Water in Dumbo — a 15-residence conversion of a former factory (from $3.39 million) that was completed in May. The building boasts new oversize windows, which flood the mod, open-layout interiors with sunlight.

Katch I.D. Interiors

Pamela & Steph Katch of Katch I.D. Interiors; 318 W. 47th St.Katherine Marks

Sister-owned design outfit Katch I.D. Interiors (led by Steph Katch, formerly of Pembrooke & Ives, and Pamela Katch, previously of Mediaworks) just completed its first new-development project: the interiors of 318 W. 47th St., a five-unit condominium conversion (from $4.99 million), where sales launched last year.

The building once served as a…

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