Design Project: A Striking Open-Plan Loft in New York City’s SoHo

This loft is a lesson in open-plan living, with each area clearly zoned and defined as individual spaces, while all living in the same room.

PROPERTY

A 2,800-square-foot loft in New York City’s SoHo district. Architect Andrew Berman had previously renovated the two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment, and the owner was looking for high-quality furnishings that were simple in form but masculine in aesthetic to complement the apartment’s existing features. Interior designer Justin Charette was brought on board to design the entire apartment, from the furniture and lighting down to the details like rugs, artwork and accessories.

The loft was designed to create a generous open space for living, cooking, dining, and music, and was transformed into a bright, modern home in just four months.

ENTRANCE HALL

Floor-to-ceiling custom cabinets created by architect Andrew Berman provide tons of storage, while also acting as a partition between the entrance hall and main living area.

STUDY

Cabinetry walls in white oak are used as the spatial definers that separate and zone the different areas in the loft.

LIVING ROOM

The landmarked SoHo building dates to 1910, and still has the original stamped tin ceilings, exposed pipes, and columns to show for it. It makes a beautiful backdrop for the carefully selected furniture that complements both the renovation and the existing industrial elements.

Get the look: Sofas are Custom Bassam Fellows. Floor lamp is from David Weeks Studio. The art small kites by Jacob Hashimoto. Rugs throughout the apartment are by Stark Carpet. 

Justin Charette ensured that the furniture did not feel dwarfed by the volume of the space (these are 12-foot ceilings), and at the same time not feel too bulky either, as the owner liked streamlined furniture.

Adding warm, walnut tones had the biggest impact on the space. These included the overlapping coffee tables and wood-framed dining chairs, plus the living room sofas. It provided the needed contrast to break up the lighter wood tones from the cabinetry and flooring.

Get the look: Sofas are Custom Bassam Fellows. Floor lamp is from David Weeks Studio. The art small kites by Jacob Hashimoto. Rugs throughout the apartment are by Stark Carpet. 

Despite being such an open space, the furniture layout feels complete, while still leaving plenty of open space, which highlights the large-size rooms.

Get the look: Sofas are Custom Bassam Fellows. Floor lamp is from David Weeks Studio. The art small kites by Jacob Hashimoto. Rugs throughout the apartment are by Stark Carpet. 

Finding custom pieces, including the mid-century-style tufted leather sofas and the wood tables, allowed Justin to maintain the minimal and masculine design he and his client desired.

DINING AREA

One of the challenges was to divide up the large loft into distinctively zoned areas. The owner wanted to have clear, defined spaces for living and dining that still felt open.

Get the look: Custom built dining table and chairs by Desiron. The chandelier is by Lindsey Adelman. The art was is by Omar Rayo and was bought at auction. Rugs throughout the apartment are by Stark Carpet. 

A bespoke rug helps to define the dining area as its own space.

Get the look: The art was is by Omar Rayo and was bought at auction. Rugs throughout the apartment are by Stark Carpet.  

KITCHEN

The kitchen cabinetry was made to complement the cabinetry that sits in the hallway and office.

The wood columns add a warm element to the paired-back kitchen.

MUSIC ROOM

Wall art, geometric vases, and even a deep burgundy sofa in the music room all provided colour, while Farrow & Ball’s All White paint, hand-knotted carpets, and structural light fixtures helped provide the owner with a striking respite from the city outside.

POWDER ROOM

Matte black in the powder room / loo breaks up the white theme.

BEDROOM

A custom artwork was designed for the master bedroom.

Get the look: Bedroom the art is a custom piece designed for the space by William McClure. The lamps are Roll and Hill, and the bed/nightstand combination was from Design Within Reach.

The side tables are built into the bed frame, while the headboard wraps around to envelope them, merging together as one piece of furniture.

Get the look: Bedroom the art is a custom piece designed for the space by William McClure. The lamps are Roll and Hill, and the bed/nightstand combination was from Design Within Reach.

The bathroom is segregated from the bedroom by a partition wall.

Walnut wood cabinetry was used to create a masculine dressing room.

Architecture by Andrew Berman.

Interior Design: Justin Charette Design

Photographer: Sean Litchfield

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