It may be time to add a disco ball to your lighting arsenal

By Virginia K. Smith  | December 30, 2014 - 12:59PM

There are usually lessons to be learned from even the strangest of apartments, and this holds true of the rather outlandish Greenwich Village studio that artist Stuart Ross just put on the market. The decor may be an acquired taste—and, as Curbed NY points out, the $1.3 million asking price may be absurdly ambitious—but the roughly 300-square-foot studio is also a masterclass in lighting up a small, dark apartment (albeit unconventionally).

Take a look at a few of the listing photos:

In addition to a disco ball, there's a disco wall. (Photos via Sotheby's).

In the kitchen area, Ross has used the tried and true strategy of placing mirrors opposite windows to light up the room as much as possible. But he's also added a disco ball to the mix, and in a 2003 interview told the Village Voice, "I put two disco balls outside this window. This place gets no direct sun. From about 11 to three, if it's sunny, the light will hit the disco balls." 

The blue lighting along the exposed brick isn't for everyone, but imagine how much similarly placed white lights would brighten up  a room. Throughout the apartment, Ross seems to have used every opportunity to place shiny objects so that they'll reflect light sources, all while managing to mix it up from the standard mirror trick. 

The apartment itself probably isn't the wisest investment you could make—at least, not at its current price—but it's still a delightfully weird source of decor inspiration.


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