Clockwise from top-left: Bill Toole and Etsumi Imamura in their downtown Manhattan apartment; Etsumi’s original furniture designs and Bill’s colorful paintings decorate the ethereal living room; the pristine kitchen is outfitted with Miele appliances; the brick-lined staircase of their East Village home, leading up to their second apartment.

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Jessica Scherlag
Jun 22, 2016 · 6 min read
One of two serene bedrooms, featuring sleek wall-mounted shelves; assorted graphic design projects and inspiration hang above Etsumi’s vintage desk acquired in Quebec and a striped Turkish rug from Larusi London.
The exterior of Bill and Etsumi’s building today. Behind its industrial façade is an in-unit LG washer-dryer; a new Bosch on-demand heat and hot water unit, central air conditioning, and integrated Nest system.
From left: Etsumi turns on her painted stainless-steel LED lamp below a framed letter addressed to Bill from German Fluxus artist Joseph Beuys; an original Jasper Johns painting acquired during Etsumi’s stint at the Yale University Art Gallery and her LED pendant light hang nearby an angular orange chair, also of from her eponymous design firm.
A mid-century Danish dining table from Brooklyn’s now-defunct Abraham & Straus serves as the focal point of the fluid kitchen and lounge.
A cozy workspace in the upstairs unit of their East Village building; the chic kitchen of their home featuring an Aga stove, table from Rousseau Metal, and assorted dishwares from Brickett Davda.
Photos Bill took of the sleek studio Etsumi designed in the Madawaska Highlands, an hour-and-a-half drive from Ottawa.
Etsumi and Bill ready themselves for their next move in the serene setting of their minimalist apartment.

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Queens-born. Manhattan sometimes. Brooklyn lately. Social @Compass.

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