New York loft with stripes

NYC loft from OWI, Office of Word and Image

Probably everyone and his/her dog has seen this NYC loft apartment by now, and possibly also blogged about it, but this is one of those places that is so hypnotizing I can’t stop looking at it. It’s on the top floor of a former industrial building on Broadway in NYC and not surprisingly it belongs to an architect couple. It is filled with Jean Prouvé and Hans Wegner furniture among other great things, but it’s the beautiful diamond-patterned Berber rug and the striped pillows that make it. There’s something about these minimalist, monochomatic stripes and geometries that produce a mesmerized quasi-autistic trance, while at the same time they are also pleasingly reminiscent of the traditional striped textiles of both Sweden and Greece. Modernism’s long-standing relationship with simple agrarian-based weaving is not surprising. Without the wood and textiles this would just be another cool – even cold – white loft.

NYC loft from OWI, Office of Word and Image

NYC loft from OWI, Office of Word and Image

NYC loft from OWI, Office of Word and Image

NYC loft from OWI, Office of Word and Image

NYC loft from OWI, Office of Word and Image

NYC loft from OWI, Office of Word and Image

NYC loft from OWI, Office of Word and Image

Via OWI.

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4 Responses to “New York loft with stripes”

  1. youhavebeenheresometime Says:

    maybe i have been living under a bush, but i havent seen this place before. its incredible! thanks for posting!

  2. Eva Says:

    Hiding pipes means to emphasize them. The only way is integration! These people have made it.

  3. vanessa Says:

    when i worked in a non-profit art gallery, years ago, i went to this loft with our director in order to discuss an exhibition with the architect-owner of this lovely space. i had little experience with architecture or design at this point, and i credit this loft as being the foundation of my design sensibility–i was so struck by how simply and (still) comfortably it was arranged, and that the arrangement allowed the values of each piece to be be apparent to even my naive eye. i’m so pleased to see this again, thanks.

  4. Lindsay Says:

    Vanessa,
    Thanks so much for your comment. I’d love to see this loft in person. It’s true, the owners have a really unusual knack for 3D/spatial organization – every piece of furniture seems to have its own place and personality, and the effect is so minimal yet welcoming. It’s quite a feat. You’re lucky to have been able to see it!

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