Amazing Manhattan Loft
Joan Krevlin of BKS/K Architects, who oversaw the renovation of the loft, hung a swing in the main living area and furnished it with 1950s pieces.
Colorful Eames shell chairs surround a table in the dining area, which is separated from the living area by a cabinet that hides the entertainment center. Drop ceilings, log columns and rough-hewn beams help define discrete spaces.
“The open nature of the loft requires furniture to become part of the architecture, as delineations of space,” Krevlin says. A curved panel sets off the breakfast nook and plays against the beams, “the main organizing element of the loft.” Sub-Zero refrigerator.
A leather-tiled floor and low ceilings “suggest a more intimate area near the fireplace,” says Krevlin. The 1950s furniture includes a pair of egg lounge chairs and an ottoman by Arne Jacobsen and rosewood chairs by Osvaldo Borsani. B & B Italia sofa.
Krevlin designed the loft “with kinetic elements that would allow to adjust the space to the changing needs.” A table rotates to provide work space in the kitchen, which is faced with maple cabinetry. Viking range; soapstone farm sink from Waterworks.
A honeycomb Lumasite panel inserted in the master bedroom creates a screened exercise and work area “without losing the scale of the overall room,” remarks Krevlin.
“We used a variety of materials in a refined way to maintain the essential spirit and adventurous nature of a SoHo loft,” Krevlin points out. Varied surfaces—white-tiled and blue-sponged walls, a concrete floor—add visual interest to the minimal bath.
Photography by Scott Frances. Article featured in Architectural Digest.