Kiel Wuellner moved from Chicago to Manhattan with a burning determination to succeed. “Many of my friends and family had doubts that I would be able to handle the hustle and bustle as well as the amount of work it takes to survive here,” he explains. The home he has set up for himself in the Financial District should put those naysayers to rest. Kiel has taken inspiration from his work as a freelance interior designer to craft a 375-square-foot space that truly embodies his stylish POV. Finding the design sweet spot for his apartment took him over a year to perfect. “When I first moved into the space I went a little overboard with the mid-century look and feel. Everything was so bold with charcoal-painted walls and bright, contrasting colors,” he says. In the past little bit, however, his studio has been given new life by adding in the “minimal textures,” and “highly edited clean lines,” you’ll see throughout. Kiel also cleverly uses rugs, chairs and tables to give the illusion of there being multiple rooms in the singular space.
This studio seems to be just one of many stops in the “Kiel Takes Manhattan,” storyline as he is not one to be satisfied sticking to the status quo. “While my apartment is not luxurious, it’s in a high-rise of extremely large and fancy apartments. It inspires me to work harder to achieve my goals.” With taste like this, it’s clear that Kiel’s success as a decorator will have him in one of those penthouses in no time. The only thing more memorable than his beautiful home is what it embodies — a young man’s NYC dream realized. Enjoy! —