Located on Mercer Street in SoHo, New York, this incredible loft designed by David Howell Design is situated on a lower floor which has little natural light. A partial height feature wall serves a dual purpose: creating a subtle but distinct transition from public to private and bringing natural light and air into the private spaces. The design marries classic historical elements with clean modern elements, retaining original details and celebrating imperfections. These include tin ceilings, stripped cast iron columns, original floors and window casings. The owner sought to create an eclectic environment based on found objects and art. Collaboration with other artists was integral to the process so the finished product has more than one author.
Photos: Bjorg Magnea
This industrial-eclectic loft is the home of designer and artist Alina Preciado and her two cats, situated in a 1800s industrial building in the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. The 2,000 square foot loft with one bedroom and one bathroom mixes old and new pieces together, with findings that Preciado has picked up from her travels to places like Japan, Spain, India and the Middle East. The designer imports handmade goods for her business, Dar Gitane. “Dar” is Arabic for “home” and “gitane” is French for “gypsy”, which sums up Preciado’s personality. The loft was originally a woodshop, which has divots and scratches on the flooring, which has been preserved for its history.
The loft features an incredible flow with an open and airy floor plan, huge windows and high ceilings that keeps the space well lit. The home also has a hammock which Preciado spends a lot of time on, as well as a trapeze bar, perfect for stretching. The living room was a vintage leather sofa from the 1960s, the leaning ladder was obtained from a warehouse. The living area also has a large wood-burning stove with a double-insulated chimney, which is in keeping with the industrial theme as well as providing plenty of warmth in the winter months. A neat tip that Preiado does with her stove is place citrus peels on top and left the smell permeate through the home.
Collected pieces from around the world are displayed in the apartment, like this hundred-year-old metal incense burner from Morocco that sits on one of three metal tables bought in the Middle East. Preciado likes to burn sage in it.
Storage is tough to find in a New York City apartment, so Preciado built this storage space with a sleeping loft on top.
Preciado created a walled-off bedroom with curtains that lets sunshine in or can be closed for privacy.
An interesting piece of art adorns the wall of this bedroom which has been crafted from human hair by Preciado.
Small touches makes a place feel like home, like what is on display here. A perfect example of Preciado’s design philosophy of mixing new, old, found and designed objects under a collection of cloches.
The worktable was from the previous owner’s woodshop, fitting perfectly with Preciado’s style. The table has a ¼-inch-thick steel top, perfect for designing, since they are so sturdy, durable and flat.
One of the first things Preciado brought back for Dar Gitane was a grouping of one-of-a-kind teapot, which she now displays on open shelves in the kitchen.
Preciado preserved these 90-year-old leather dining chairs with the right conditioning, bringing them back to their original luster.
Preciado’s style extends tothisa spacious bathroom, where she includes simple touches from her travels. The bathtub is an architectural salvage. Preciado’s biggest design tip was to “introduce products into your home that are soulful”. Surround yourself with things that are not only beautiful but useful.
Photos: Chris A. Dorsey
Industrial design elements have been successfully integrated into this brilliant loft-like home which is a former 1910 water cleaning station conversion, located in Villefranche sur Mer, a small coastal town situated along the French Riviera. This fabulous home belongs to former Belgian army pilot Philippe Tondeur, comprised of 5,400 square feet with three bedrooms and three bathrooms. The property was abandoned in the early 70′s and purchased by the current owner in 1996. The massive transformation of the water station took almost 15 years to complete and its modern design was envisioned with the help of Belgian interior designer Bernadette Jacques.
The property also features a detached guest apartment of 700 square feet with one bedroom and one bathroom, a five car garage, swimming pool, spacious hot tub that faces a natural harbor and an indoor 45 foot tall water tank that is dispersed over three levels. Each of the interiors is defined by elegance and space, making a walk through the residence resemble a gallery tour. The preserved industrial elements (giant pipes, exposed beams and various machines) seem like precious artifacts in an exhibition space. The living room is by far the most spectacular interior of the property with its comfortable set of sofas surrounded by giant windows and preserved parts of the former water cleaning station.
This stunning Carriage House received a complete overhaul by Bennett Frank McCarthy Architects in Washington DC. The owners of this house envisioned a social kitchen and dining area suitable for large meals and gatherings in a setting that celebrates the utilitarian character of their Blagden Alley neighborhood. A wall of built-in cabinets organizes the second floor studio living space while providing much-needed storage.
Photos: Courtesy of Bennett Frank McCarthy Architects
Spotted on Mi Casa, this dark attic with few windows, low ceilings and uncomfortable atmosphere was a great challenge to transform it into a bright and spacious apartment in the central district of Argüelles, Madrid, Spain. The transformation of the 538 square foot space was by interior architect Susana Sendín. It was discovered that a large part of the roof was, in fact, higher, so the attic regained its original gabled roof, supported by a network of beams. The crushed plaster, in addition, made visible the walls of brick, with pillars and wooden beams. All these original elements of the attic were stabilized and reinforced and now, painted – almost all – white, are key in interior design, which merged industrial style with shabby chic.
A new distribution of the floor makes the home functional, defining the public and private spaces. The public spaces are situated near the entrance and the two bedrooms, with sloping ceilings, towards the interior. To communicate and separate environments, the architect designed ad hoc sliding doors, which recreate the style of the door of a cabin. The lodge aesthetic is reinforced with streaks and knots in the flooring, a laminate in bleached oak, gives visual continuity to spaces. The dominant color is white creating luminosity throughout the space, but the interior designer turned to touches of color to create more bright and dynamic corners, and also contrasted it with black. The kitchen takes this and the brick to give a genuine industrial air.
This incredible loft space has been designed by Daleet Spector Design in Marina Del Rey, California. With an eclectic, industrial, modern design style, the home features charming details with high ceilings and a bold color palette. The flooring throughout the main living spaces is polished concrete.
The rolling island has been custom designed to fit the space. The unique light fixture hanging from above is from Restoration Hardware.
The unique wallpaper featured in this bathroom is refreshing and playful, its hand silkscreened using water based inks on recycled paper by artist Geoff McFetridge for Pottock.
Grey Loft is the brilliant reconstruction of an existing attic apartment in Ostrovského, Prague, Czech Republic by design studio OOOOX. The designers slightly modified the 1,097 square foot (102 square meters) layout, especially in the bathroom where they connected the glazing to the bedroom. The center box with bathroom and toilet is separated distinctly by colored dark pearl paint. The other spaces throughout the apartment are bright in color with various hues of gray in accents walls and furnishings, bleached wood floors, industrial light fixtures and a stainless steel center island in the kitchen.
Photos: Martin Zeman
We just received photos from one of our reader’s home’s, Natasha of Fat Shack Vintage, an online retailer of unique vintage and industrial light fixtures based out of Australia. Her home is now officially one of our favorites that we have posted here on 1 Kindesign. Designed by Natasha and her husband, the dwelling is chalk full of character and charm and the exterior is just as intriguing as the interior. We could go on and on about how fabulous this home is, but instead we will let Natasha take it away from here:
“We have quite an unusually designed warehouse style home in Prahran, Melbourne, Australia. It is 240 square meters of internal space spread across three levels with two outdoor entertaining areas. The locals call it the ‘Quilted House’ as the outside is pressed aluminum and looks like a quilt has been thrown over the front of the house. We recently had renovations done to the bedrooms and bathrooms as well as a renowned street artist named Reka put up a mural on the side wall (Reka is a part of the group ‘Ever Fresh‘ who had a residency last year at the ACMI gallery) and the piece and house attracts quite a bit of attention and photographs!
I like to think that the internal decor is equally as interesting and would describe our decorating style as vintage eclectic featuring an Asian twist with a pinch of industrial. The photos describe it far better than I ever could though. We have a love of all things vintage and have been collecting pieces in our travels for quite some time. My husband and I own and operate our own business called Fat Shack Vintage, which is an online retailer of vintage industrial styled lighting and home decor.
Fat Shack Vintage also sells a selection of genuine vintage furniture which is how we have accumulated a lot of the pieces in the home. It’s always hard to say no when you come across a really interesting vintage find! Between decorating our home and the office I’m surprised there is actually anything ever left to sell!”
What do you think of Natasha’s incredible home, please leave comments below, we would love to hear what you think!
Photos: Natasha, Fat Shack Vintage
Located in the Cornlofts, a former industrial building, in Prague´s quarter Karlin, this loft has been reconstructed by B2 Architecture for the residential use based on the design of Baumschlager Eberle Architekten from Wien. The design for a Live/ Work unit eschews conventional loft typologies in order to maximize square footage and natural light. Portions of the original floor plate are removed while new glass plates are inserted into a central void. As a result, this formal gesture increases overall square footage to a total of 2,475 square feet (230 square meters) while simultaneously providing unexpected views and natural light throughout. The main goal of the loft´s redesign was to bring back the original industrial look balanced with the modern design and materials.
The living space is furnished with the vintage/modern custom-made furniture completed with the pixeled piano mosaic and other music related elements referring to the owner’s profession.
The lowest level contains the entrance space with custom-made closet, owner’s music studio, nursery and guestroom with bathroom and utility areas.
The second level has a public character. On the one side there is an open office with a roof window and view over a sculpted staircase connecting the three levels of the loft. On the other side, there´s a living and entertaining space vertically connected by partially glassed floor plate of the third level.
Besides the entertaining space, the third level also includes the master bedroom with a bath and two dressing rooms.
A modern industrial retreat in Eugene, Oregon placed amongst the trees at the top of a hilltop overlooking the city below and coastal mountain ranges in the distance. The sloping site and extensive conservation zones were quite challenging. The design and build of this exquisite hilltop house is by Jordan Iverson Signature Homes. The siding on the exterior facade of this contemporary home is a standing seam roofing metal. The interior of this spectacular home is urban modern design that exudes a warm ambiance.
The fabulous living room sofa is called the “Spencer Loft Bi-Sectional” from Gus* Modern. The custom lighting design hanging on the left has been custom designed by the designer, Jordan Iverson, who plans on selling a few of his lighting designs later this year on Etsy. His steel guy fabricated the bar and brackets and he sourced the electrical cord, and metal cage and finished it with a large Edison style bulb.
The High Park Chair is also from Gus* Modern.
Clad on the dining room wall is reclaimed barnwood from a barn that was being taken down in Silverton, Oregon built in the 1920′s. It was purchased through Aurora Mills Architectural Salvage. The wood has been fastened to the wall with standard casing nails. No adhesives were used. The key detail before it was fastened was to paint the entire wall black as there are various knots and imperfections in the reclaimed wood. The wood was not sanded, otherwise it would lose its rugged look.
This rustic modern industrial designed kitchen features metallic glazed porcelain tile backsplash, Caesarstone quartz counters in haze, reclaimed barnwood floating shelves, an island detail, 3-Form Eco-Resin cabinet panel inserts, Rustic Hickory custom built cabinets with a charcoal stain and engineered birch flooring.
The pendants above the kitchen island are Starburst pendants made by ET2 Lighting.
The designer was inspired to blend all the materials together and tie them back into the surrounding rooms in the home. He wanted to create an urban space, but also one that felt comfortable and solid. Materials that are easy maintenance and long lasting were also important.
The Kraus modern farmhouse style sink was selected to tie in with other industrial modern elements in the kitchen and throughout the home. The designer wanted the exposed stainless farmhouse style sink to be one of the main focal points of the space.
These porcelain floor tiles are called “Modern Limestone” in a steel grey color. A matte finish was used on the floor and a polished finish for the tub and backsplash.
The majority of the light fixtures throughout the home came from ET2 Lighting, including these fabulous fixtures above the bathroom vanity. The countertop material is quartz, made by Pental Quartz and the color is Sparkling Grey. According to the designer, the countertop looks amazing in person with the flecks of metal sparkling from the lighting.