Interior Design, Remodeling | By Murdock Solon Architects |

When Dorothy found her new home in Rye, New York, she was told she’d never be able to renovate without costly upgrades that would surely be demanded by Rye’s building inspector. Her 1930s colonial-style home would take thousands to be up to today’s standards in building code, warned the advising attorney. Moving from New York City with her husband and two small children, they were seeking a new home with more space for their growing family. The house they found sat on a corner lot with enough room for future additions and the potential for a finished basement. While it lacked a much-needed first-floor powder room, they took the home in a whirlwind, selling their NYC home and buying their new home on the same day, which also happened to be the day before school started. And that’s where Dorothy found her second opinion-at school in Rye. While dropping off their kids in the morning, Dorothy met Kelly Solon of Murdock Solon Architects and explained her desire to have a first-floor powder room, as well as her fears of costly additional updates required to obtain the building permit. She was told, she explained, that she may even need to add Read more


A Moving Edit: The Renovation of Arcade Edit

Commercial Architecture, Latest Projects | By Murdock Solon Architects |


Designing space for a film and television editing studio requires more technical integration than the average office fit-out. Producing a spatial solution that addressed the high level of audio and visual sophistication required, along with the studio’s creative identity proved challenging. However, creativity was certainly not compromised in Murdock Solon Architect’s latest project with NYC’s editing studio Arcade Edit. Located in the Flatiron district, the studio was designed with a comfortable and casual approach for the firm’s corporate clients and creative team. The architectural treatment of the ceiling announces the entry at the reception area and is reminiscent of the arched ceiling cove from the building’s former use as a hotel. The building’s signature iron columns are preserved and refinished to maintain the landmark essence with a modern translation. The innovative idea of translating Arcade’s logo into a moving image was introduced as part of the spatial design and fulfilled the client’s desire to be discreet and creative. The idea of a moving image is continuously introduced throughout the space with a dynamic wood fin pattern seen as one travels across the corridor. A palette of walnut wood, rusticated metals, and splashes of green and red punctuate the casual, residential Read more


MSA Project Featured in The New York Times

Press | By LisaJo |


Murdock Solon Architect’s project, the Clinton Hill Townhouse, was featured in the New York Times yesterday. A Tour of a Scent Maker’s Brooklyn Brownstone showcases recent images and describes owner Fabrice Penot’s design direction. The gut renovation of the brownstone revolved around his three children and an open design, he said. Take a look at the article for more images and view more of our projects here.


Breaking Ground at Kings Highway

Latest Projects | By Murdock Solon Architects |


Murdock Solon Architects broke ground at the Kings Highway project this week. Led by Principle-in-Charge Shea Murdock, shown above, the 68,000-square-foot commercial development will be an anchor at the evolving neighborhood in Gravesend, Brooklyn.  To take advantage of the site’s visibility from the elevated subway lines, the design addresses the two main programs of commercial office space and retail space with dynamically intersecting volumes. The play between the programs is further expressed through use of glazing on the lower retail floors versus a more solid precast concrete panel/ masonry construction on the upper office floors. The 5-story new construction takes cues from the neighboring building heights while exploring facade patterns to weave into the local existing fabric. See more photos of the project here.


An Edit of Epic Proportions

Commercial Architecture, General Interest | By Murdock Solon Architects |


The commercial video editing company Friendshop launched last year and needed its own space to expand its growing team. Murdock Solon Architects worked with the company to transform an entire floor in a warehouse-style building in New York's Chelsea neighborhood. MSA helped create the ideal space for ultimate creativity while meeting intense technical demands. MSA designed private offices along the perimeter with centralized communal spaces. The private offices were lined with glass walls to bring natural light to the center space. Custom white lacquered shelves were added for the display of each editor's individuality, as well as to add additional privacy. The central shared space utilizes eclectic mid-century modern furniture to divide the space, and a large kitchen island doubles as an informal conference table. A curved wall constructed of walnut louvers lit from behind further divides space while adding to the overall aesthetic. The final result is a high-energy, yet comfortable space primed for expanding business. View more about the project here.


See Our Work in New York Cottages & Gardens

Latest Projects, Press | By Murdock Solon Architects |


We're proud to announce that our Brooklyn Heights Townhouse project is featured in the April issue of New York Cottages and Gardens. The 12-page article, Haute Brooklyn, describes how the owners, Florence and Alexandre Mars, discovered the property and sought the right architecture team to bring their French design sensibility to their new Brooklyn home. Picking the right architect was critical, and after interviewing five firms, they narrowed the choice down to Shea Murdock and Kelly Solon Murdock of Murdock Solon Architects. As the article describes, we worked closely with the owners, helping them not only with the architectural design and construction, but also with the interior design elements. "I told them I wanted a house where friends could kick off their shoes and relax – and they understood it," adds Florence, pointing out further that she and Alexandre were amazed with the firm's attentiveness, efficiency, and budget-mindedness. The guiding principle behind the design was the juxtaposition of old and new, creating visual and textural variety. The design exposed the natural wear and beauty of re-purposed materials. Special attention to lighting, both natural and artificial, highlighted different moments of the architectural details and underlined the thoughtful strategy given to the Read more


Design + Architecture: Interview with Michael Levy

MSA Staff | By Murdock Solon Architects |


Structures, surfaces, materials, spaces. A discussion with MSA project architect Michael Levy (and a quick look at his Pinterest page), reveals that his appreciation for design extends well beyond the traditional architect’s interests. From attending furniture fairs to following graphic designers to experimenting with cooking, Levy continually immerses himself in the art that surrounds him. This continued refresh of current trends builds on top of his well-traveled past, coming all the way from Panama and having lived in Italy and visited Europe...


An Architect’s Inspiration: Interview with Satoi Akimoto

MSA Staff | By Murdock Solon Architects |

Satoi Akimoto

Talking with Satoi Akimoto about his inspiration is inspirational in itself. Satoi, a lead architect at MSA, has led and contributed to several projects, including… While the work stands for itself and is quite obvious in its creativity as a whole, the entirety is not Satoi's objective. As he carefully selects words to describe his creative philosophy, it becomes clear that its in the details that he finds his inspiration.


551 West 21st Street Featured in The New York Times

General Interest | By Murdock Solon Architects |


  New developments are rising in the city and thus the collaboration of the favored in architecture, design, and art. The new 44-unit condo at 551 West 21st Street is no exception, thanks to the inclusion of 303 Gallery on the ground and mezzanine levels. Murdock Solon Architects designed the gallery's previous space at 547 West 21st Street and is currently in progress at the new location. The 19-story building, designed by Foster and Partners, was recently featured in The New York Times  The article highlights the building's own exceptional design details, including "windows trimmed inside and out with gold-colored metal, living rooms with white-oak herringbone floors and kitchens with marble counters." The concrete-panel facade is designed to help the building stand out from other developments in the neighborhood.  303 Gallery, owned and directed by Lisa Spellman, will occupy 11,000 square feet of the new space and will take advantage of the building's unique trapezoidal footprint. Divided into a rectangle and a triangle, all the vertical circulation is located within the triangle. This allows for maximum height and incredible illumination from the glass facade. The remaining rectangle space will be utilized for the gallery's primary functions.  The interior palette will complement the use of concrete Read more


Selections from ICFF

General Interest, Interior Design | By Murdock Solon Architects |


The Murdock Solon Architects staff attended the 27th Annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in New York City May 16-19. With more than 600 exhibitors, the range of styles, materials, and talent was paramount. Below are a few of the trends spotted and favorites selected by Murdock Solon Architects.  BOLD, BRIGHT, AND GEOMETRIC 1. Tilework was exceptional this year, and we especially appreciated the patterns from Ornamenta, an Italian company. 2. We couldn't help but be mesmerized by the gorgeous wallpapers from Calico. The brand's exquisite gradients would add life to any room. MESH COVERED AND LINEAR LIGHTING 3. The unique designs of Metropolis Factory certainly brightened our day, which included the Titus Drum Light shown above. 4. Certainly an ongoing trend, linear light fixtures were in abundance this year. Our favorites included Stickbulb, AlexAllen Studio, and Luke Lamp Co. 5. For larger scale spaces, we appreciated the minimalist designs by Apparatus.  RETRO RETURNS 6. We were thrilled to see the return of the Drop™ chair by Fritz Hansen. Originally a 1958 design, the chair is now available again in six different colors.   7. We also welcome from a bit further back old porcelan light switches from Fontini. Their unique look adds a Read more