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.
The project started by dividing the loft into ‘public space’ and ‘private space’, removing all walls within the public areas.
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.
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Wood stools, brass handles and a brass tap from Brizo add a warmer contrast to the dark materials.
Next to the kitchen is a dining area, illuminated by a Flos wall light.
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Behind the dining table is an original Alexander Calder sculpture, passed down as a family heirloom.
A lounge chair offers another spot from which to admire the breath taking views over New York city.
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.
The custom banquettes against the back wall are covered in Erica Shamrock textiles. The custom mirrors were designed by Cochineal Design.
The original iron staircase to the roof was outfitted with custom walnut storage by RJ Millworkers that conceals a TV and toys.
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.
The master bedroom design is calm and simple.
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Wardrobe doors were built under the stairs.
Photography: Emma Tannenbaum