Design Project: A Light & Airy Loft In A Former Newspaper Printing House

Exposed beams and pipes, an original iron spiral staircase, and 14-foot-tall ceilings are just some of this loft's original features from when it operated as a newspaper printing house...

PROJECT

This loft apartment is on the top floor of what was formerly the printing house for the NY Daily News newspaper. Exposed beams and pipes, an original iron spiral staircase, and 14-foot-tall ceilings were just some of the loft’s industrial features that drew the new owners to buy this property. But the space was very compartmentalised and dark, with many of the windows blocked off, so they brought on interior designer Sarah Mendel to reconfigure the space and brighten it up. She proposed a full renovation with the goal of maximising light, air and views, and making the most of the apartment’s enviable NYC views. With nearly 3,000 square feet of interior space to play with, it had the potential to feel a lot more grand than the state it came in. The result is a space that feels like home to the clients, as well as lighter, airier and much larger. The design and renovation process took exactly 12 months.

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KITCHEN

The project started by dividing the loft into ‘public space’ and ‘private space’, removing all walls within the public areas.

Get the look: Custom millwork by RJ Millworkers. Green cupboards are painted with Benjamin Moore Sherwood Forest. The cabinet hardware is from Armc Martin. The tap is from Brizo.

The biggest change was in the kitchen, where all of the walls were removed, replaced by a massive 15 foot kitchen island that houses under-counter fridges, freezers, a dishwasher, and storage.

Get the look: The light fixtures are from Murphy Waldron Interiors. The artwork was found at Brooklyn Flea, a neighborhood flea market. Custom millwork by RJ Millworkers. Green cupboards are painted with Benjamin Moore Sherwood Forest. The cabinet hardware is from Armc Martin.

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Wood stools, brass handles and a brass tap from Brizo add a warmer contrast to the dark materials.

Get the look: The tap is from Brizo.

DINING AREA

Next to the kitchen is a dining area, illuminated by a Flos wall light.

Get the look: The dining table is by Hedge House Furniture. The light fixture is by Flos from Murphy Waldron Interiors. The sculpture is an Alexander Calder family heirloom

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Behind the dining table is an original Alexander Calder sculpture, passed down as a family heirloom.

Get the look: The dining table is by Hedge House Furniture. The light fixture is by Flos from Murphy Waldron Interiors. The sculpture is an Alexander Calder family heirloom

A lounge chair offers another spot from which to admire the breath taking views over New York city.

Get the look: The sculpture is Alexander Calder. The throw is from Holland and Sherry.

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LIVING AREA

The industrial exposed elements already provided a lot visually, so the palette and detailing was kept very simple: walnut woods, greens inspired by views to neighbourhood parks, soapstone countertops, and  metal accents.

Get the look: The custom banquettes against the back wall are covered in Erica Shamrock textiles. The custom mirrors were designed by Cochineal Design.

The custom banquettes against the back wall are covered in Erica Shamrock textiles. The custom mirrors were designed by Cochineal Design.

Get the look: The custom banquettes against the back wall are covered in Erica Shamrock textiles. The custom mirrors were designed by Cochineal Design.

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The original iron staircase to the roof was outfitted with custom walnut storage by RJ Millworkers that conceals a TV and toys.

Get the look: The custom walnut millwork is by RJ Millworkers. The walnut chairs are by Elijah Leed and are upholstered in Holland and Sherry fabric. The mahogony side tables are family heirlooms.

The original iron staircase meets the new walnut millwork in a simple and seamless way.

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The original iron spiral staircase was updated with walnut steps.

BEDROOM

The master bedroom design is calm and simple.

Get the look: The lamp is from 1stDibs. The artwork was painted by a family member. The bed covering is from Holland and Sherry. The bed is from Hedge House furniture.

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Wardrobe doors were built under the stairs.

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Photography: Emma Tannenbaum

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