This Art Deco, Open-Plan Loft In Boston Contrasts Grey Walls & Industrial Details With Unexpected Colour And Playful Murals

A modern city loft oozes unexpected Art Deco style and is a lesson in open-plan living...


An open-plan city loft and modern home in Boston's Leather District, with interiors by Dane Austin Design.


Calm grey walls and a calming ocean print created an understated entryway to this bold, city loft apartment.

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When the owners bought this loft (pictured top) in Boston's Leather District, they felt confused about the open floor plan and how to furnish it. The floors were tired and there was no built in storage, and the space felt dark and drab.

They brought on design firm Dane Austin Design to redesign the property, from the storage to the lighting, floors and paintwork. The result is a modern, open-plan city loft oozes unexpected Art Deco style.

The owner, a female CEO of a tech company, had a traditional house full of classic furniture and specifically asked for something completely different. She requested a space that felt modern, a city-glam vibe mixed with interesting art, natural elements and open space for entertaining.

A custom cut rug helps delineate the living room lounge area, breaking up the open plan. The red sofa was upholstered in a ladybird red shade, reminiscent of an old-time theatre, and is freshened up with gold leather piping. The sofa pulls out into a sofa bed for guests.

Custom-made wall coverings by Pauline Curtiss of Patina Designs turn the walls into works of art. The black lines flow onto the black-painted ceiling. The coffee table is brushed gold with marble stone in the shape of flower petals.

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The designers worked with Lost Art Salon to procure all of the art found throughout the space. The made to order Trocadero sideboard from Roche Bobois offers ample storage and features steamed ash wood deco finish, with American walnut veneer, interior in ash wood veneer, base and handles in brass with patina finish. The accent wall is painted in Benjamin Moore's “Patriot Blue” #2064-20 – a nod to the city of Boston.

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The Art Deco style white lacquered dining table had to be substantial enough to hold its own against the support column and darker kitchen cabinets. The dining chairs with polished brass legs and a plump silhouette worth sinking into recall a vintage Italian classic and were custom upholstered in plush cotton velvet.

The bubble chandelier light fixtures were custom made to order from an artisan available through Etsy.

The pillar candles were created by artist Lex Pott and found at the furnishings gallery in Provincetown: The colours pull from the artwork on the back wall.

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Hiding stealthily among the candles is a vintage statue of a curious cat found at SOWA market. The Gold leaf burled bowl cast in resin plays off the gold velvet dining chairs.

Meanwhile, a one-of-a-kind natural teak root console table brings adds an organic touch juxtaposed a red painted accent wall custom painted Benjamin Moore “Ladybug Red” #1322 with gold and silver striated lines by Pauline Curtis.

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As the owner is planning to re-do the entire kitchen further down the line, the designers added a few small updates to great effect, including adding tiling above the upper cabinets to mimic a cityscape under the night sky.

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The master bedroom packs in velvets, silks and brass accents. The glamour is an unexpected contrast to the industrial-style space, with a crystal chandelier hanging next to exposed piping.

The mirrors are framed in wood with a large circular pattern which coordinates with pulls on the nightstand and medallions on the drapes. The bench at the foot of the bed is covered in marine blue velvet with a gold metal base that plays of the nightstand drawers and pattern in the drapes.

All photography by Sean Litchfield

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Lotte Brouwer

Lotte is the Digital Editor for Livingetc, and has been with the website since its launch. She has a background in online journalism and writing for SEO, with previous editor roles at Good Living, Good Housekeeping, Country & Townhouse, and BBC Good Food among others, as well as her own successful interiors blog. When she's not busy writing or tracking analytics, she's doing up houses, two of which have features in interior design magazines. She's just finished doing up her house in Wimbledon, and is eyeing up Bath for her next project.