We can go to most any part of NYC and I will show you wonderful buildings where I have had the privilege of designing homes for clients. Here you see the surprise of victorian influences in a loft near City Hall. A handsomely curved love seat I covered in almost rose mohair and a J shaped wooden side table of that era, that the clients already owned, were the design inspiration.
The classic round ottoman is also covered in Mohair, a golden shade, tying into the contemporary arm chairs covered in tone on tone golden silk. These comfortable chairs, upholstered the same as the dining room side chairs, can be rearranged to be used at the dining table. Space allows for a large round table covered in fine red wine colored Damask fabric, finished with deep ropey fringe, that displays an antique lamp.
I chose two fine carpets to define the separate seating areas of the formal living room. One of them is a traditional patterned Persian in blue with rosy accents. It is juxtaposed with the knarly bold paisley woven textured fabric on the sofa of that part of the continuous living and dining space. The other is a lovely soft French Aubusson medallion patterned carpet enhancing the victorian furnishings.
The apartment features an open runway kitchen with a wood dining bar, as well as a major victorian oak dining table for entertaining. There is no question about how much this kitchen is used, with almost professional equipment arranged for easy access. Exposed spice collections, wine storage and ingredients arranged handily are all features of the preparation counter.
At chair railing hight, I created a ledge for their extensive photography collection that marches around the entire space. It worked out well, allowing for continuous shuffling, rearranging and additions. An area separated by three walls, across from the master bedroom, encloses a contemporarily furnished study/library in off white. This part of the loft also displays more of their art and photography and houses the entertainment unit.
The plentiful windows were left clean since the building is not close to any others on two sides, allowing reasonable privacy. The chandeliers are originals with fragile alabaster shades in tact, as are the v-shaped Lalique like glass sconces.
Nature gives the finishing gracious touch of large well shaped trees that stay healthy with the abundant daytime light in the loft.