Remodeled New York Loft Takes Urban Living to Next Level
Luminous, airy and sleek, this remodeled loft from ixdesign proves that new home designs can be created on any foundation, no matter how decrepit or beaten-down the original home. The two-story urban home measures in a 1,050 feet and is located in the coveted area of New York City’s West Village. A residence located in such an upbeat, trendy city area could fall nothing short of its surroundings, in terms of modernism and style. However, its history is interesting to say the least, and also very telling, as it shows that inauspicious beginnings don’t always make for failed residential projects. The building in which the loft is located was initially designed as a garage, built in 1931, converted into a condo high-rise as late as 1983. Given its initial function, it is safe to assume that the home lacked plentifully in matters of geometry, natural light and décor. It was awkward to navigate, dark and outdated.
In stepped the team at ixdesign, who stripped away the existing finishes and fittings and proceeded to visually reorganize the space, in order to reveal its basic architectural structure. According to the architects themselves, “with a cleared palette space use and storage were maximized by either carving out or augmenting the irregular shapes presented by the architecture.” The end-result is a bright and breezy home, with intelligent shelving and storage spaces, most of which were tucked into the walls, in order to maximize the use of space. The basic color canvas is white, off-white, beige and grey. Against this backdrop of neutrals, lots of personal touches were added, to give the home a unique, urban personality and help complete an outstanding example of interior house designs. Sculptural seating, discrete pendant lighting fixtures in the open kitchen with a bar counter and sleek black flooring on the upper level all work toward achieving a fully modern design.