How to redesign a raw industrial space into a modern and light filled home….
Okay, so not everyone has a loft in a trendy New York suburb. But I simply had to show you this fabulous loft apartment in New York. The apartment belongs to Anna Beeber, principal designer of Manhattan interiors firm Champalimaud. When it needed updating (don’t we all wish for that?), she, along with Drew Lang from Lang Architecture, turned what was once an 1890’s printing press into a magnificent and refined home. Hopefully, it will give you some ideas as to how to keep the charm of a place when the need for an update comes along.
Openness, natural light, and fluidity
These elements were a priority in the design process, clearly driving many of the decisions. The core of the loft was left at being “efficient”. The circulation of the space allowed Lang Architects to create four bedrooms in a demarcated zone while still maintaining a large open floor plan. one of these is flooded with natural light.
Simple finishes to maintain the charm
Everything was kept simple to ensure that the original charm of the space remained. The kitchen is a combination of both modern and practical accouterments and turn-of-the-century remaining features.
The magnificent cast-iron beams and columns dictated that iron and steel be used wherever possible in order to add to the history of the space. To detract from a possible rustic look, the doors to the kitchen are modern with clean lines but yet still sympathetic to the original architecture.
Open plan but separate
Connectivity to the kitchen is there but sliding steel and glass doors retain an option to separate when necessary.
Sleek yet gritty
The bathrooms have exposed brick painted white and are mixed with sleek limestone tiles and mosaic floors.
With light flowing and the mix of modern and old a truly authentic, modern apartment was created.
And I want it! Ho Hum.