By Caroline Biggs

Published on March 3, 2015

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In his family’s New York City apartment, interior designer (and HGTV star) Vern Yip tries out his latest Trend textile and furniture creations.

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This smart custom skirt (made from a textile of Yip’s design) conceals under-the-table storage.

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Dining chairs are covered in Yip’s own chevron design.

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For the past six years, Vern Yip and husband Craig Koch’s Manhattan apartment—with its stunning views of Central Park and Columbus Circle—has been their growing family’s East Coast headquarters. But the cozy one-bedroom also serves as a testing ground for Yip’s furniture and Trend textile designs.

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Since the quarters are tight, style has to be balanced with practicality, so, throughout, key pieces perform double duty, providing storage for their two children’s toys, games, and other kid-related essentials. “Our urban dwelling has helped me gain a new aesthetic perspective as a designer,” Yip says. “It’s been a real lesson in the importance of having sophisticated pieces that are also multifunctional.”