The first challenge with this loft space (in a newly developed
former sewing-machine factory near the financial district) was to keep the space
as open as possible, while providing a Master Suite with lots of closets, two
Children's Suites with more closets, a laundry area, and a place for a nanny to
spend the night when necessary.
In the Master Suite, an area of closets
and open hanging between the Bedroom and Bath incorporates a small desk and file
drawers; all of which is hidden behind a zebrawood-panelled wall with acompanying
bed, side drawers, and horse-hair headboard. At the bedroom windows cushioned
seats enhance the feeling of relaxation and calm.
The center of the apartment
is one large space that flows from the Entry into the main Living Area. It is
divided by the use of furniture and built-in cabinetry into areas for cooking,
TV watching, eating and relaxing in front of the fireplace. Soon after construction
began, the clients - a couple with two young children - found that they loved
modern 20th century furniture and began collecting excellent examples of period
lighting, furniture and decorative objects. With some adjustments, we were able
to include these elements into the overall design with outstanding results.
DESIGN: Paul Lee, Richard Baronio INTERIOR DESIGN: Joanna Chapin CABINETRY:
Thomas Garcia Woodworking GENERAL CONSTRUCTION: Richard Baronio & Associates