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on August 15, 2017 8:05 am EDT
Industrial NY Loft Spurs Gathering Space Ideas
A loft's two defining features--an open floor plan and an abundance of natural light--prove to be the two biggest design challenges of a gathering space project.
A New York client tasks designers with making an inviting gathering-living space in a natural light-filled industrial loft. Images courtesy of Decor Aid.
Architectural & Natural Lighting Case Study
When a client finished remodeling a newly purchased Tribeca loft, she reportedly reached out to New York's Decor Aid, and asked for our help in furnishing the space for family gathering. Upon arriving at the recently remodeled space, designers took note of the loft’s two defining features: an open floor plan and an abundance of natural light. They noted that these features would also be the two biggest design challenges for the project.
The client wanted to outfit the space with hip, industrial-inspired furniture that could both accommodate both everyday use and entertaining. She requested a conversation nook that could flow into a dining area, all of which had to be separate from the loft's main space.
An all-white furniture scheme was originally imagined for the space, but designers report advising against this because an all-white arrangement can look washed out in a light-abundant space. Instead, they advocated for a high-contrast, textured neutral palette to reflect the breadth of materials used in the remodel of the urban space.
An interplay of natural and architectural light helps create a welcoming place to connect.
The white-washed brick wall was reportedly the main color inspiration for the project: muted taupes overlaid with cloudy greys. To compliment the existing elements, designers incorporated diverse materials from cowhide to suede, cotton linen weaves, fur, and matte metal.
To establish the conversation nook, designers sourced a quadruplet of grey armchairs to fit snuggly around a black, cowhide area rug. A wood dining table with matte-metal supports is adorned with chairs from InMod. A wood-tiled buffet from West Elm is framed by a brushed-metal circular mirror. To separate one gathering area from the rest of the oft, designers picked a sectional couch, faing away from the conversation and dining areas, to frame a geometric-patterned area rug. The final result is a hip, industrial and welcoming loft space that invites gathering.
[Editor's note: This project was featured in Design Milk and the website of Decor Aid.]