A North Bank Condo Clad in White
PHotos by Ryan M.L. Young
One couple makes the most of cityscape views by purposefully decorating in all white.
It doesn’t matter whether you are visiting for the first time or the 100th time—when you enter the North Bank Park condo of Mark and Megan Kvamme, it looks and feels brand new.
When they purchased the condo, an abundance of color already existed—through the large windows overlooking Downtown.
“Instead of trying to overpower the view of the cityscape, we deliberately designed the space to defer and complement the exterior,” Megan says.
To that end, the Kvammes, who have a 4-month-old daughter, took the condo where few have gone before—all white.
In small doses, white typically is conservative and complementary. But when used as the dominant color, white makes a bold statement. In the Kvammes’ condo, white provides a clean, crisp look and the perfect frame for the city.
“Mark and I wanted something that represents possibility and light,” Megan says. “White seemed the best color for this as it maximizes the radiance of the space.”
“We’re big believers in natural things, and while white is open and light, if you don’t integrate it with organic objects it can get kind of sterile,” Mark says. “We wanted to use organic objects, like marble, limestone, bamboo—materials that add dimension and a natural look.”
To help pull it off, the Kvammes enlisted the help of Isabella Grayfer, president of Roche Bobois Columbus, a Short North location of the worldwide chain that specializes in contemporary furniture from Italy and France.
“White is a new black or gray in Europe. In the United States, it is just coming on,” Grayfer says.
A predominantly white decor is like an empty canvas—one that allows for versatility when choosing textures, fabrics and finishes, along with splashes of accent color. After all, everything goes with white.
“We found that having a neutral palette allowed us to easily shift the decor as the seasons change—using reds and greens for Christmas, a splash of softer colors for spring and bold oranges, yellows and blues when summer arrives,” Megan says. “We wanted the space to be like our treehouse in the sky, for nature to seamlessly flow into the space and combine with the energy of the diverse people in our lives.”
The perch gives the Kvammes and their visitors an up-close experience with Mother Nature’s stunning special effects.
“Being several hundred feet off of the ground, you become conscious more than ever of how energetic the atmosphere really is. We have witnessed some amazing storms and felt some amazing winds,” Megan says. “I love the way it looks at night—the white against the dark sky.”
“We wanted glass all the way around the house so we could sit in our bed and have a view all the way out to the city,” Mark says. “At night, it’s really cool to turn the lights off and have the lights from the city illuminate the apartment.”
The view never gets old for the Kvammes, and every scene is a little different—meaning new artwork is on display every day of the year.
“Each time we walk in, whether we are looking at the sun gleaming off of LeVeque Tower or at a whiteout in a snow storm, the space takes our breath away,” Megan says.