Archive for the ‘Loft Tour’ Category
We’re always drawn to loft spaces that show us creative division of space. Catching our eye was the 12th Street Loft, completed in 2006 by BSC Architecture and features a loft floor plan divided up by three screens to create implied programmatic zones.
The first, a diaphanous fabric box lit by fiber optics is located between the living and dining spaces. Its transparency and visual weight vary with the change of natural and artificial light. Also, a double-sided wall of bookshelves with an acoustic glass layer defines a private study while adding a wash of color to the light that passes through. And last, a motorized scrim at the kitchen masks the work area during dinners and gatherings. It’s printed with a work commissioned from the artist Julien Bismuth and becomes both mobile artwork and backdrop for social events. It’s hard to choose our favorite screen, but if you can, which one’s your fav?
Posted by Kyra Shapurji
Frank and Ditta Hoeber’s Philadelphia loft is all about display. The architectural and design firm behind the space, Qb3 Design, wanted to create a “silent background” within which the couple could feature their book collection, art and objects. The building was originally a window factory from the early 1900’s, and has maintained this industrial feel post renovation.
There is so much to love about this space: the use of everyday white dishes stacked upon open shelving, Eames molded plywood chairs set against the wall, floor-to-ceiling bookshelves that serve as partitions, the gallery of Ditta’s original drawings that rest on slender plywood-painted-white shelves and, of course, the abundant use of white. The space marries form and function beautifully, exemplifying how the stuff we actually use does not need to be hidden.
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While renovating the ground floor of this factory, the owners took refuge in the attic. Using found materials like shopping carts and industrial lockers, they transformed the space into an innovative live/work home. Their two kids get to live every child’s dream: they sleep in a tent! Enjoy.
Photography by VERNE/OWI
Battery Park City is fast becoming the green-residence mecca of New York, thanks to a slew of new eco-friendly developments, including The Visionaire. The building is scheduled for U.S. Green Building Council’s Platinum LEED Certification, the nations highest – making it not only the greenest luxury building in not only NYC, but the country. We had the chance to take a look at their model apartment, designed by Cheryl Eisen of the Interior Marketing Group with furniture by the Duval Group, and featuring artwork by Bettina Werner “The Salt Queen.”
“We share a message that living green does not mean you have to sacrifice high-end design and livability,” said Russell Albanese, president of The Albanese Organization. “At The Visionaire, our homes offer high-end finishes and the latest in sustainable technologies.”
The Visionaire is the third green Battery Park City development from The Albanese Organization and architect Rafael Pelli of Pelli Clark Pelli Architects. The sustainable interiors at The Visionaire include kitchens that showcase river-washed absolute granite countertops, art glass backsplashes and rift-cut oak wood flooring. Master baths feature rich limestone floors and countertops, glass mosaic tiled walls, Waterworks deep soaking tubs with limestone decks and separate glass-enclosed showers for a personal spa-like sanctuary. Amenities include two rooftop gardens; fitness center and spa; an indoor pool and Jacuzzi; a screening lounge with fireplace and dining area; and a children’
s playroom with a 12-foot salt water reef aquarium.
Photography by Linden Hass
Today we bring you unadulterated, mouth watering, eye candy. Which accurately describes the nature of the book: The Mini Loft Bible is a 200+ page volume filled with images of loft interiors from around the world. There is no copy or text, no deep set captions, or sections/chapters of any kind. Rather, the book showcases loft spaces (each home gets 2 spreads of images), noting the location of the loft and designer/architect behind it. It is a feast for the eyes.
We hope you enjoy our sneak peak of these awesome spaces . . . something that here at the office we call “loft porn”!
Check out more sweet lofts in our “Loft Tour” section.
Ever wonder how retailers seem to continually find edgy, raw, urban spaces that are thousands of square-feet big with impossibly high ceilings and vacant layouts to house their photo-shoots? Well, one way is through location scouts who find such spaces, some occupied and some vacant, to rent at high prices! The UK based firm Inspace does just that. On our end, we have fallen in love with one of their potential “spots” located in Borough. Their description is spot on:
“A huge 1600sq foot second floor warehouse space in Borough. The loft has a raw vibe with minimal furniture and plywood flooring. A wall of 9 large metal framed windows makes the whole space incredibly light. There is a small decked outside area. Will allow painting/wallpapering. Storage for equipment available.”
We found the open layout of this space (which is occupied by an undisclosed owner) inspiring. Clearly used as a live/work space, the simple storage unit and desk area is minimal enough to maintain a tranquil enviornment. Enjoy this loft candy and, if you are in England, you can even consider renting it out!
For more information about this space and others, visit Inspace.
You’ve got to hand it to Martha Stewart, who just seems to be getting cooler and cooler.
A while back we stumbled upon this oh-so-charming Manhattan loft in the September issue of Martha Stewart Living. The lucky owners are winemaker Marco Pasanella and Rebecca Robertson who are parents to 3 year old Lucas. The loft is a converted shipbuilders’ warehouse built in 1839, which they have morphed into a casual, almost whimsical space. Forgoing the typical modern route, the couple has chosen lush textiles in a bright blue and white pattern for curtains. The kitchen is equally fun, featuring multi-colored chairs in bold primary hues. One thing is for sure: it’s nice to see a family oriented industrial space, something we think more people should consider!
For the full tour, check out the photo gallery on Martha Stewart’s awesome website. Here are a few images to give you an idea of what’s in store:
Back in 1996, renowned architecture firm Fernlund + Logan took on a difficult endeavor: the combination of two adjacent floors in a former factory. The process involved removing a quadrant of the floor area between them in order to create a large open space doubled in height. This loft on Renwick Street features new and old elements – the floors are the original concrete while the walls were completely reconstructed.
The décor is kept modern and minimal with an emphasis on function. Our favorite detail is a stunning built-in library that extends half way up one of the walls, showcasing a significant book collection. This renovation and space was ahead of its time; we can’t wait to see more loft projects from the firm. For more information on the space, visit Fernlund and Logan’s website.
Photos by Andrew Wood and David Sundberg
According to their portfolio, New York based design firm Ochs Design was given this assignment a few years back:
Objective: convert a 2700 sq-ft abandoned warehouse space into an artist’s loft for a Williamsburg pioneer
They more than accomplished this goal with this artist’s dream loft in Brooklyn. Ochs Design firm intentionally restored as much of the original bones of the space as was feasibly possible for their client, including keeping the original asphalt floor in the painting studio. The “platforms replace walls to define living space” allowing the paintings and artwork to dominate the interior. And the oh-so-romantic bed is something from the movies.
For more information on Ochs Design, visit their website.
Famous horror movie genius Marcus Nispel moved his wife and two children into this renovated factory, a former Con Edison building. It’s not to be believed. We especially appreciate the 20 foot high bookshelves that reach the ceilings, not to mention the industrial, flying-saucer-like pendant lights. There is even a pool on the bottom floor! Prepare to get jealous.
Photography by Francesca Giovanelli