Dream loft alert!!!! Tucked away in Soho overlooking lower Manhattan’s skyline, a beautiful cast iron front is included with this landmark early 20th century building that predates steel’s rise to supremacy. With bones to prove its authenticity, this loft is equipped with the original elevator opening directly into the living space appointed with original timber beams and columns, pine lentils above each window and refurbished radiators. We managed the 2,800 square foot full floor renovation that required serious know-how on original architecture and how to refurbish elements we felt were critical to the authenticity of Soho’s design ethos. We salvaged all the brick and timber by carefully chipping away inches of stucco, sandblasted and repainted all of the radiators in a deep space black, introduced new floors, but kept the signature 2 ¼” width, stripped and exposed the stairwell and elevator door to its true steel form, and opened the space to be an adaptable, open concept unit, down from 7 small rooms. Blackened steel compliments the warm natural materials throughout while all of the furnishings were layered in as the build unfolded, including some elements our client procured while traveling. Designed by Becky Shea.
We bandy words about in an attempt to define a style. We grab at labels to contain the mood, the feeling, the spirit of a space. I can tell you in all honesty that for this Lincoln Park home created from an old charcoal factory by Chicago-based interior designer Michael Del Piero words and labels fail me. “Industrial chic” and “rough luxe” just seem so inadequate to explain how fabulous this home is. The steel and glass windows, the roughly rendered walls, the carefully curated pieces of furniture and art, the texture in the bedroom alone. It leaves me spinning. Amazing, simply amazing.
Didier Ryan of British architecture firm Undercurrent Architects worked some magic on this warehouse conversion to create an absolutely fabulous loft. What was once a furniture depot for the renowned department store Harrods is now modern, unfussy and spacious. Featuring windows I would do just about anything for.
Keeping my industrial loft obsession going strong is this absolutely incredible apartment on the top floor of a converted factory in the British town of Loughborough. I’m not sure what I’m dying over most – the exposed brick, the ceiling trestles, the collection of Togo sofas, the massive antique crystal chandeliers, allllllll those windows, the view, the copper bathtub, the marble sink…… OMG!!! Available as a location space via Shoot Factory.
We’re huge fans of conversions here at DTI and this one is….majestic being the first word that comes to mind. That staircase!!! Believed to have built in the early 1900s, this former brewery cooperage on a tight site in Central London had already been in residential use since the 1990s. By stripping back to the buildings fabric and preserving its original features it was possible to bring a new understanding to its potential. The existing basement was extended laterally to create a large open-plan family living area over which rises a triple height atrium – a space around which much of the accommodation is structured and through which passes a dramatic feature staircase. The vertical extension rises from the top of the building and is occupied by bedrooms and a generous roof terrace with far-reaching roof-top views. To distinguish this extension from the original brick structure a system of patinated bronze cladding panels and glass has been used. By Chris Dyson Architects. (Photos: Peter Landers)