The Real Deal New York

Is the formal dining room dead?

Eschewing tradition, some luxury homeowners are converting their rarely used dining rooms
May 25, 2014 04:00PM

 What’s the latest trend in luxury home renovations? Apparently ditching the dining room.

With so many meals being eaten at the kitchen island or in front of the TV, the dinning room can become the least used room in the house. And according to the Wall Street Journal, some wealthy homeowners are going all the way and replacing the dining room with libraries, dens and so-called “living pavilions”—in which dinner can on occasion be served.

“Propriety is so yesterday,” home-design guru Jonathan Adler told the Journal. Adler added that he only began using the living room of his Manhattan apartment after he put a ping-pong table in it.

Yet in some neighborhoods old habits die hard. For instance, on Manhattan’s Upper East Side a formal dining room is still a must.

“If you’re looking at the luxury market on the Upper East Side, 99 percent of the time, people are looking for a formal dining room,” Eleonora Srugo, an agent with New York City’s Skroka DE team, said. Srugo added that if she were to market an apartment with a converted dining room, “I’d pull up the original floor plan and identify the dining room as a dining room.” [WSJ] Christopher Cameron