Candace & Chris's Art-Filled Loft — After the Deluge

Candace & Chris's Art-Filled Loft — After the Deluge

Jul 22, 2009

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Name: Candace and Chris
Location: SoHo, New York City

When Candace and Chris bought this classic Soho loft, they wanted to counterbalance some of the slickness of the developer's renovation — so after the help of architects from OpenShop Studio, Candace decorated the loft with organic shapes and rounded forms. An art adviser, Candace's top priority was lots of wall space for display, so bookshelves were dropped to floor level and turned into banquettes around the living room. When a catastrophic flood from an upstairs apartment destroyed the developer's shiny cherry floors, she replaced them with something visually softer, choosing reclaimed American chestnut and treating it with a Swedish sealant that maintains the natural color of the wood...

These floors carry a texture and patina that made a living room rug unnecessary, lending to the loft's unfussy, airy effect. Art is the main decoration of the apartment, but unexpected details throughout, like a wallpapered ceiling in the powder room and black-on-black upholstered walls in the "man-cave" TV room, ensure that the décor is no mere white box. The master bedroom is dominated by a mural by Adam Cvijanovic, while the guestroom walls are covered with small works-on-paper, hung salon-style.

Apartment design by OpenShop Studio.

(Images: Anna Hoffman Steinhardt)

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