A Graphic Palette To Let the Art Steal The Show
When a young and dynamic family of Brooklynites invested this gigantic brick loft, former home of the Federal Brewing Company, they wanted something graphic to let the architecture do the talking.
The first floor of the loft is home to the main living space, kitchen and dining area and also has a large amount of bay windows. To counteract the lower level that is darker and more dramatic, this main living room is designed around the color white to let the maximum amount of light in.
ART, ART, ART
Whether on the wall or as sculptures, the art collection of the family is everywhere and the overall design needed to serve as a proper backdrop for it.
Another living area downstairs (AKA the den), home to a brick fireplace and a more cozy layout welcomes a darker and more dramatic palette.
Passing the door of the nursery means entering an entire new universe: pretty pink and dreamy wallpapers contrast with the rest of the loft to ensure sweet dreams to the little girl of the home.
Bringing The Outside In A Tudor House
After an extensive renovation of this Tudor house tucked in a very wooded area, this Singaporean family was looking forward to creating an interior that blends with its surroundings.
A MODERN TOUCH
With a few collectors’ pieces from Asia, the newly renovated house was now calling for some modern pieces to create a cohesive look throughout its open layout.
A TOUCH OF DRAMA
The new extension having a dark blue metal cladding, the color palette picked for the interior was a contrasted and dramatic dark blue and off white to echo its exterior.
Keeping the Tudor style alive with grilled windows can be tricky and prevent light from coming in, but thanks to the sheer number of openings in the old and new building, all sorts of plants can thrive, inviting the outside in.
In this house, the dramatic walls and openings set the mood - so most of the interior remains minimalistic and simple to let the architecture do the talking.
Scandinavian and Mediterranean Styles Meet in This Converted Brooklyn Loft
After three years in this trendy studio loft space, a German/French couple refreshed their decor to optimize their space and ensure it reflected their story, their respective country’s styles and the trendy Brooklyn spirit.
CLEAN LINES WITH WARM COLORS
Mixing both cultures, the decor combines the clean, minimalist lines of Scandinavian design with pops of warm, Mediterranean colors and industrial lighting fixtures that highlight the high ceilings of this converted factory space.
In an open plan, each space and its function needed to be defined, which was the first priority when we started this project. We used rugs, low-rise bookshelves and dividers (to maintain maximum light) to create functional areas that felt organic to the raw space.
Scandinavian minimalism and sleek lines weren't just an aesthetic choice for this client. They also kept the open space clutter-free and maintained the airy feel of those high ceilings.
A high ceiling and stark lines can feel cold to some people. To counter this, we added warm tones: reds, oranges and yellows from the kitchen backsplash to the bedroom.
Feng Shui for an East Village Studio
Originally from France, the tenant of this studio apartment in the East Village lived in Hong Kong and Singapore before finding his way to New York three years ago. Always on the go, he wanted his interior to reflect his European roots as well as his time in Asia and numerous trips around the world, all while remaining a soothing, welcoming place he could call home.
AN ENVIRONMENT AT ONCE DYNAMIC AND ZEN
The building in which this cozy study apartment is located in the East Village happens to be located on a “pearl sitting” spot, an auspicious configuration from a Feng Shui perspective. While taking care not to disrupt the advantageous spacial configurations (i.e, "lucky directions"), the tenant made a few adjustments to make the apartment more inviting to guests and to help him feel more grounded.
Most Feng Shui consultations start with this recommendation: Clear clutter and find adequate storage units to house only those belongings considered precious enough to keep.
The main occupant of the space has lived in Asia for an extended period of time and took up meditation a few years ago. By carefully selecting and arranging certain accessories, we created a space conducive to feeling focused and relaxed.
POWER OF THE TWO
Usually, a studio is occupied by one person, whose identity infuses every single square inch. But here, the tenant made a point of creating a sanctuary that eschewed a sense of individualism and felt welcoming to all who entered.
Coloring Project for This Bright Brooklyn Apartment
Relocating back to New York after three years in Zurich, Switzerland, this expecting couple needed to buy most of their furniture while tying in with family heirlooms in their bright, beautiful and modern Brooklyn apartment.
When we started working with the couple, it became apparent that they liked 'wired' and aerial elements (like the artwork on top of the dining table, the texture of the coffee table or the candle holders). It reminded us a lot of the work of the American sculptor Alexander Calder so the concept was built around it to give the interior this airy and playful feel, in line with the artist's aesthetic.
In an open plan, each space and its function needed to be defined, which was the first priority when we started this project. We used rugs to create functional areas that felt organic to the raw space.
MANAGING ODD SHAPES
The floor plan of the space was not a conventional rectangle so we suggested rounded shapes, a cowhide and other unusual geometric shapes to create a cohesive and playful look.
The couple had collected various pieces during their travels and recently inherited artworks they wanted to display. We suggested various arrangements for a nice and timeless gallery wall.