Karakoy Loft is a modern industrial penthouse loft designed for a 45 year old bachelor by design studio Ofist, located in the heart of Istanbul, Turkey. Comprised of 1,937 square feet (180 square meters) the penthouse faces an old Armenian church Getronagan, and Galata Tower on the background.
The location of the house as well as the personality, way of living and needs of the client were the main parameters in the design of this project. Karakoy had always been the heart of the commerce in Istanbul. Nowadays the old neighborhood is getting more hip and active with many new art galleries, boutiques, restaurants and hotels all around. The house is situated right in the middle of this hustle and bustle. Meanwhile the client’s outdoor personality was of course our main drive when choosing materials and creating space. Natural, neutral, comfortable, practical are the keywords to describe.
The structural approach of the house was to open up to get more light and view. The previous small window openings on the front façade were enlarged and the new folding window frames slide the width of the building to transform the living room into a balcony, since the apartment is missing one. And a large rectangular skylight was inserted just below the peak of the pitch to provide light and view to the mezzanine.
The design approach of the house however was ‘not to have too many ideas’. We evaluated the entire house as a whole and single space since its layout was to be designed for a single person’s use, and all the spaces was planned to be entwined together. There was no need for dividing the space into many small rooms. Therefore, we didn’t need different design ideas for different rooms.
We came up with a few design approaches and used it all around the house: One of the longitudinal walls was resolved as storage. A very simple system was designed with iron rods climbing two floors and running the length of the house, without categorizing as living room, kitchen, library or bedroom. 12mm iron rods coming out of the wall and 16mm rods connected to them creating a 60x60cm grid over the wall surface. Various shelving units and accessories were designed to fit this system, such as a single shelf, double or triple story shelves, vertical separators or hanging units. The user may arrange and utilize this storing system however he likes; as a library, a woodshed, kitchen storage, or a wardrobe.
The other longitudinal wall facing this busy storage system was designed with least movement as possible to create a serene side and was covered with natural stone in varied sizes. This wall starts in the living room and continues all the way up and through the bedroom.
The cast-concrete block surface which was created to form the kitchen counter framed in an iron structure, steps down and forms itself into a cantilevering dining table and ends up as a short plinth as the hearth, which also allows extra seating around the table.
Downstairs floor was covered with 60x60cm natural stone in an irregular angle obtaining the casualness. It only replaced itself to wood in the guest bedroom, which is facing north.
All through out the mezzanine, the surfaces were covered with a cement-based material, uninterrupted, for a pleasant feeling for the naked feet. This surface created the floor all around, including the shower and also the block, which nestles the bed and the bathtub.
Apart from practicality, the warmness that the house needed was achieved with a continuous ceiling of iroko wood, that rise from the wall to the ceiling, creating also a wide seating unit in front of the window for crowded gatherings.
Photos: Koray Erkaya
This industrial style home-studio of an artist is a warehouse conversion offering a wealth of refreshing ideas and natural light, located in Montreal, Quebec. In this former warehouse import-export, furniture, works of art, recycled objects and curiosities that were collected by the owner create an unclassifiable inside, eclectic, where visitors can peruse with pleasure.
During the course of the renovation, the structure was retained as well as some other elements – concrete floor, ceiling slats – like pieces of heritage. It is the owner who made the place transformation plans; they were then validated by a technician in architecture before receiving approval from the municipality.
“Draw environments excites me since childhood, says the owner. I love playing with space, volume, understand the path of the light. And then reconfigure this former warehouse presented a huge challenge, particularly the successful cross between a workplace and a place of life. “
The new space highlights generous windows, authentic materials, loft spaces that the artist particularly likes, high ceilings up to 13 feet across and white walls. “Because of my work, I need this neutrality, this lack of stimulation by color.”
The House and Studio is the result of sharing a house where the owner and her husband lived before their separation. Currently, the woman occupies a space of 3,200 square feet with her little girl, whose birth three years ago prompted her to make some adjustments. “I like to get things moving, the house is alive. This is a work in progress. “
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This Tribeca loft has been renovated to the highest standards, keeping a modern feel while honoring its industrial roots of exposed beams and bricks. Preserving and showcasing its original details and character, this beautiful 1,400 square foot turn-key home is the epitome of downtown New York luxury loft living, blending refined modern design with a cool industrial aesthetic.
We spotted this sensational loft listed for sale on Sotheby’s at $2,595,000, from here.
The light-filled living area offers perfect proportions for entertaining and features white brick walls, wide-plank solid walnut floors, high ceilings with exposed beams, and 6 large windows. Adjacent to the living room is a quintessential chef’s kitchen with a large center island, Calacatta gold marble countertops, stainless steel Wolf stove, Sub-Zero refrigerator and wine storage, and ample custom cabinetry.
As part of the renovation, the beadboard was ripped out in the ceiling, which exposed the loft’s old rafters to open up the space. Sheetrock was placed between the rafters to help soundproof the ceilings. The exposed beams and the exposed brick were painted white.
The spacious master suite has abundant closet space, a dressing room, and a serene limestone bath with double vanity and high-end fixtures.
The master bath has Italian stone reminiscent of wood, to accentuate the ‘woodsiness’ of the rafters.
Part of the apartment’s renovation included creating a second room that can be a bedroom, den or home office. The doors leading into the room are frosted glass, with leather handles and brushed steel locks on the bottom.
The second bedroom of the home, now a nursery, was previously used as an office, seen here. The total remodeling of the loft, which was completed over eight months in 2008, cost about $500,000.
A large guest bath has a cool downtown feel with dark grout subway tiles, grey stone floors and a soaking tub. There is also a laundry area with a Miele washer/dryer.
Bridge Loft II is a spacious two storey industrial penthouse loft with trendy glamor, located in the DUMBO district of Brooklyn, New York. This residence offers two bedrooms and two bathrooms, a rooftop terrace with a garden to enjoy the spectacular city views and plenty of amenities. If you would like to stay here, the home sleeps 4-6 people, with a minimum stay of five nights, from here.
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Brooklyn may have transformed its industrial hide for a newer and trendier outfit, but down under the Manhattan Bridge overpass – that’s “DUMBO,” if you please – things haven’t gone soft. In Water Street, two bedroom and two and-a-half bathrooms inject a craft polish into this an aesthetic composed of cement on steel, soaring ceilings, and two stacked storeys of wide-eyed windows announcing an unmistakeable industrial loft legacy. Industrial, spacious, but with trendy glamor Water Street is adorned with plush furnishings, hide throws, and fine art fixtures that speak to an attentive, hand-moulded sweetness – a homage to craft, hand-made sensibility and the eclectic flair of artsy DUMBO. Space is no object here – peer out over sweeping vistas of the East River and twinkling Manhattan beyond to see for yourself.
Your hosts are a family of inventive New York City natives, trailblazers of industries both aural and spatial. Long-time residents and lovers of DUMBO in particular, over the years they’ve labored to shape a cozy and distinctive home here in Brooklyn’s creative boiler room.
Elevator doors part to deliver you directly into penthouse-level Water Street, a well-oiled machine fueled on the eclectic. Two storeys’-worth of picture windows soar unobstructed in places, making for an airy, atrial feel. Cool your engines on the lower of the two floors, where the sage- and smoke-grey kitchen, living room, and dining room come together in a loosely woven warp and weft. Sprawl at shift’s end on the sun-warmed Dunbar sofa, or feast like a steel baron by the city lights (or the light of a modern, smoked glass chandelier). Shift gears to the second floor, where a cozy, coal-colored den is stocked with books and arresting, changeable vistas – all the raw materials necessary to fire up a dreamy diversion. At quitting time, dust off the city in the steel and stone master washroom before retiring to your minimal, steam-grey master bedroom – with its private terrace, it’s also a port to the open air and the perfect post for a master overseer to observe the whirr of metropolitan gears.
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DUMBO is the beating heart of Brooklyn’s creative industry. A powerhouse of art and design, it’s coveted for its surprisingly quaint cobblestone streets, landscaped promenades, and proximity to Manhattan (it doesn’t get any closer than this). Take a stroll over the Brooklyn Bridge – it’s an easy jaunt into the city, and the views en route are finest in this direction. If you prefer quicker carriage, the High Street A and C lines, and the F at York Street, will deliver you to your destination in a wink.
Creating an industrial style living room is really in trend because of its impossible to miss look, it’s simple to create and exceptionally affordable. Blending this style with touches of different styles serves to customize the space as you like. For instance, brick walls and industrial style furnishings look extraordinary in a highly contrasting minimalist color scheme; you can soften the look by introducing rustic, shabby chic or vintage details to the mix. Add pillows, fluffy area rugs and lots of texture to create soft surfaces.
Industrial living rooms with mid-century or retro touches look simply stunning! Simply take an industrial backdrop such as brick walls or concrete mixed with wooden or concrete floors and add stylish mid-century furnishings and you will get an astonishing space! Don’t be hesitant to inject color to an industrial living room – bold or even neon accents will create an even more unique space, not to mention making it a more playful. Get inspired by the inspirational collection of ideas below!
If you are look for further industrial inspiration, have a look at some of our past articles on, 47 Incredibly inspiring industrial style kitchens and 46 Inspiring interiors showcasing shabby chic style.
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The industrial eclectic home of actor Gustavo Salmerón has been designed with reclaimed materials and plenty of imagination, located in Madrid, Spain. The actor came in and reinvented the home, which had been left unfinished by the previous owner. He invented the kitchen from scratch, improvised a second level and finished the frame with walls and floors of polished concrete. Below is the living area, and up the staircase you will find two bedrooms and the office.
The actor invented a polished concrete space where everything moves. It’s a great open and transparent space with permeable natural light that extends throughout the home. What happens in its 1,937 square feet (180 square meters) is controllable from any angle. With peculiar objects that inhabit and move to and fro with small wheels, as a prop, and lead to an interchangeable, chameleon stage, like a mechanical toy. It has an anachronistic point, fantastic story of Jules Verne, in which the recovered metals, old and rusty, the gleaming copper and a massive glazed abound. Nod to some prefab ago, lots of wood and lots of second hand customized waste in fireplaces, stoves, panels, faucets and other craft items. It is designed as a living theater, of regular warehouses, junkyards and salvage yards. They fed the creativity that has resulted in this home: futuristic, industrial and retro.
I had very clear ideas explains Salmeron. A New York loft, industrial, a decadent Berlin and leave a squatter point, and the third-a tropical Brazilian air with vegetation everywhere. I took the work like running a movie where the premise is fundamental. In this case it was to observe beams, columns, piping, or other structural elements. If they are there its because they are needed. We were like a film crew. When we were lost, each builder, plumber, electrician, blacksmith … all we had to follow was the premise: nothing should be ornamental. No plasterboard, ceilings, baseboards, paint, trim or anything that serves to cover another. That does not mean that later, if you want, you put a vase of flowers. The aim was to achieve “gritty”. Therefore, the concrete walls are vain in their nakedness. I want my house to be a sculpture in itself, says the artist, always ready to go onstage.
The Woodlands project is an Edwardian red brick family home that has been designed by Madcow Interiors, located in Woodlands, a small area located in the borough of Hounslow, London. This restored home showcases an industrial rough luxe theme, mixed with various mid century modern touches.
Our brief was too restore, add period features and rebuild this North London Edwardian red brick family home. Using reclaimed materials and upcycling into bespoke designed furniture, our goal was to create a thoroughly industrial rough luxe theme, mixed with various mid century modern touches.
The Woodlands Project required us to plan and manage structural modification to the property, including the building of a new basement, rear extension, a 2 storey corner extension and a new loft conversion/extension. Once structurally complete, the interior design and bespoke styling began.
This was a huge project, which saw us working closely with a team of professionals and tradesmen. We custom designed and manufactured all the joinery and various bespoke (and upcycled) furniture; some of which are available to order. Other specialists were brought in who helped achieve the very specific finishes around the house.
Photos: Courtesy of Mad Cow Interiors
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