The Viking Pencil Factory Loft is a converted loft by industrial designer Morten Bo Jensen, the chief designer at Vipp and his partner, graphic designer Kristina May Olsen, located in Islands Brygge, a harbourfront area in central Copenhagen, Denmark. The couple lives here with their 5-years old twins, a New-York style loft completely restored from its original state as an old Viking-Pencil factory from the 1900’s. One key element that drew the couple to the flat was its proximity to the river. To capitalize on the expansive views over the harbor and into the historic city center, the couple plans to construct a second floor of living space on the roof: 320 square feet for a master suite and an additional 1,600 for a garden. It took a bit of luck and a lot of patience to find an urban flat the size of a surburban house.
The Process:“The apartment was stripped to the bone; I spent a great deal of time reflecting on how I want to live. My conclusion was quite simple; function and efficiency must be the starting point, both in the architecture, the interior and in the location. I am close to work, and the city. Being located here, I can minimize transport, use the city and thereby optimize my daily life with the family” – Morten.
The interior: “I feel fortunate to be living with furniture that I have designed myself. I have installed the Vipp kitchen island supplemented by 3 high cabinets that matches my old Vipp kitchen bin. The bathroom furniture as well as the accessories are also Vipp.
When my profession is working with design DNA, I enjoy living in a space that is functionally and visually cohesive. It embodies a certain visual calm and daily efficiency. Living in your own design is a confirmation of how you work and which choices you make professionally. At Vipp I work with a DNA that personally reflects my style and what works for me. Being surrounded by these values and using the products everyday is legitimizing why product design must start with function. That is why I don’t have three different sofa arrangements but only one. I surround myself with things that are meant to be used, which only embraces the Danish concept of ‘hygge’ (cosiness)” – Morten.
The Tools: “When designing a new product, we consider it both before, during and after as a tool that will be used to produce or accomplish something – a tool that must have a long life and where the feeling of quality and product eligibility shall be loved each and every time it is used. With this approach we believe that we use our experience and expertise to maximize value for our customers. It gives me a daily pleasure to be surrounded by tools that work. It is a key source of inspiration in my work.” – Morten
The Optimization of Space: The sense of living in an open space is reinforces by the big inflow of light, the sliding doors and the long Dinesen wooden planks crossing the entire main room. The room is a result of our reflections on how to optimize space most effectively. “This explains why we have chosen only sliding doors, a build-in space for fire wood, an integrated book case, closets and cabinets. In this way we liberate a lot of floor space which opens up the room.” – Morten
Jensen and Olsen installed Dinesen Douglas fir plank flooring (known for its wide, long proportions that suit large spaces); they finished it with lye and a “whole lot of white pigment” so that the floor would meld seamlessly with the matte white (courtesy of Danish paint line Flügger) of the walls. And though the space is still loftlike, Forbo linoleum–covered sliding doors throughout ensure a little more privacy than the couple’s previous, even more minimalist abode.
The carbon-colored kitchen, produced by Vipp, is one of Jensen’s first major designs for the company, which is known for its retro-modern, industrial metal bins. (Jensen also has designed a line of bathroom accessories and kitchen tools that figure into the loft’s decor.) The cabinets are powder-coated with a textured, tactile finish, and the wall storage units are built with sliding doors to hide appliances and technical systems. Like most Danish residents, the family cooks almost every meal.
The Details: The Pencil Art piece – ads color and texture to the space based on reminiscences of the product that was once produced in the building. The work desk – made of hundreds of cardboard pieces. The book shelf wall – fully integrated floor-to-ceiling & wall-to-wall, adds cosines to the entire living space. The cabinet/plant installation – works as soft space-divider and ads something organic to the urban space. The firewood rack – practical storage of firewood for the winter time – helps to densify the large living space. The floor-to-ceiling sliding doors – built on spot due to the sizes – allows for a large flow of light & permits an almost entirely open space.
This charming loft duplex showcases preserved turn of the century details, located in a quiet courtyard house in Kungsholmen, an island in Lake Mälaren in Sweden. Comprised of 1,033 square feet (96 square meters), this architect-designed apartment demonstrates a thoughtful floorplan with a balcony in the sunny west and two beautiful fireplaces. Other wonderful details featured in this fantastic apartment includes beamed ceilings, stucco, high baseboards, high ceilings and original pine planks. There is a large, fully equipped kitchen, dining and living room, two bedrooms and two bathrooms, spread over two levels.
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We just received another fabulous project from Jordan Mcnab, who worked with handy friends and family to create this double height vintage modern loft in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The loft is located in the Mecca loft building of Mt Pleasant’s up and coming Brewery Creek district. Showcasing 1,350 square feet of living space, the loft includes; two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a roof top patio, a secret door to a hidden office, and a stunning view of Grouse Mountain. Having been pregnant with their first child, Katie and Jordan Macnab, had to think about the future when designing the functionality of the space without losing any cool factor. That being said, they definitely still wanted to keep it industrial and lofty and worry about baby proofing later. With only six to renovate their newly bought Vancouver loft as they prepared to welcome their son, Gray, into the world, Jordan took on a lot of the work himself. But he also turned to friends and family to help with new lighting, cabinets, plumbing and more.
Check out Jordan and Katie’s first loft they designed together, here.
The main living area in the loft was previously one large, open space. Jordan framed off a portion of it with a reclaimed-wood wall to create a home office, then built a new bedroom for baby Gray above it, which is accessed through the sliding barn door. (Jordan’s uncle is a building inspector in a nearby city and came over to check on his structural work.)
To paint the 18-foot ceiling, he lay down on scaffolding with a spray gun while a friend pushed him around.
Floor-to-ceiling windows offer views of the north shore of Vancouver and nearby mountains. Another friend of the couple’s made the living wall at the end of the stairs.
He warmed up the white and grays with reclaimed barn wood that he got from a friend who owns a reclaimed-wood company. He built the dining table top from the same wood. He had another friend build the sprinkler pipe legs. And yet another friend invented the Stact modular wine rack to the right.
The light fixtures are from Ikea; Jordan’s in-laws helped rewire them so they could hang from the high ceiling.
Jordan installed the wood wall himself, gluing and nailing the various slats to the wall that he framed. A secret door, seen here opened slightly, leads to the home office and a Murphy bed for guests.
Because they worked with friends and family and did much of the work themselves, the couple says they were able to complete the renovation for $50,000.
The kitchen cabinets are a matte gray woodgrain with pure white Quartz countertops from Canadian Countertops. Backsplash is a simple flat white subway tile. All appliances are KitchenAid
Jordan tore out the original retro architectural walls and built a new wall with an inset for the bed, which showcases a piece of art (a wedding gift) from Linzy Arnott. Behind the wall is a closet and a new en suite bathroom. The window to the left of the bed connects to the shower. The frame on the bed pops up to reveal storage underneath. “In a loft you’ve got to get creative with storage,” he says.
The old window frames on the wall show the seating chart for the Macnabs’ wedding. “We haven’t erased it yet. We’re still holding on to it a bit,” Jordan says.
The baby barn was positioned beside the master loft to keep baby Gray close but not too close. The barn door track was sourced through the states at Rustica Hardware.
For Gray’s room Jordan made the light fixture from the same reclaimed barn board as seen previously and had his in-laws wire it up with jam jar light fixtures.
His mom created the reverse painting of a tree on the wall in the baby’s room. She taped off the design, Jordan painted the wall gray, and then they removed the tape. See video below for details on how this was done!
Photos: Dan Stone
We just received photos of this Greenwich Street penthouse loft project, a former warehouse transformed by Turett Collaborative Architects into a live-work space, located in Manhattan, New York. The warehouse offered the architects the opportunity to blend modern New York with its historic past. The spacious open floor plan had originally been used as a painter’s studio. Except for a small kitchenette and bathroom, the bare, open penthouse loft revealed exposed brick walls and a topography of ceiling joists supporting the roof above. The space offered an abundant amount of light thanks to both western and southern exposures flooding into the interior.
The raw and open space allowed the architects to create discreet zones within a larger space. The architects worked closely with the clients, bringing a thoughtfully designed, handcrafted living and work environment tailored to an expanding TriBeCa family.
Access to the upper living spaces is provided by a custom blackened steel and oak ship’s ladder that sits discretely off the main foyer entry giving the couple the opportunity to go straight to work without ever disturbing the continuity of private life in the spaces below. The soaring 17-foot ceilings, abundance of wood-framed windows, and custom Arrigoni wide-plank Bavarian oak floors envelope a vast and open entertaining expanse.
At the south end of the loft is a two story glass and steel wall that allows light to flood into the loft from the south, while defining the master bedroom suite in its own separate wing. A split bedroom layout offers two bedrooms at each end, with the master suite commanding an enormous dressing room/closet and equally huge private bath.
The suite is composed of both a double height master bedroom and den which can be used simultaneously when the door between them is opened. A custom blackened steel surround on the bedroom side includes a sliding panel when privacy is desired. When required, curtains along the glass wall in both the master bedroom and den can be drawn to allow for complete and total privacy.
One end of the dining room features a 6 foot long gas fireplace while the other is anchored by a built in piece of millwork that acts both as a credenza for storage of plates and linens on one side, and an a/v cabinet on the other with a concealed TV that can be raised with the touch of a button. A structural glass skylight directly above the dining area floods the room with additional light from the outdoor terrace above.
It was the client’s desire that the kitchen be the heart of the space. Cooking and entertaining for family and friends is an integral part of the client’s private life. As such, the kitchen island is center stage and a central monitoring point for a growing family of four. The dining room, and living room spaces are immediately adjacent to the kitchen.
Designed in conjunction with Poliform of Italy, the white acrylic cabinet surfaces, calacatta marble counters and sleek Gaggenau appliances provide the backdrop to the act and art of cooking, one of our client’s passions. Small touches like the custom calacatta chevron mossaic backsplash and concealed outlets that pop up from the main kitchen countertop island add distinctly personal touches.
A glass sided rooftop pavilion brings light and connectivity into the inner reaches of the living space below. Surrounding the pavilion is an amazing 1500 square foot outdoor terrace. The pavilion helps to partition the space off into four discrete zones: an outdoor living room, formal dining area, sunbathing deck and outdoor kitchen and bar. Custom built and fully landscaped, this outdoor oasis features Ipe wood decking, a custom Wolf stainless steel BBQ, full kitchen, and irrigated Ipe planters bursting with lush plantings – oh, and magnificent views of both the city and Hudson River.
Both the glass structural skylight above the dining room and the glass and steel pavilion transmit soft, glowing light from the interior space below.
More generous ceiling heights above the two bedroom cores created an opportunity for two home offices. These upper spaces are encircled by starfire frosted glass guardrails allowing walls below to blend seamlessly with the glass above.
TCA was commissioned to custom design each of their work stations. Each desk is comprised of a tapered blackened steel tube base with cantilever arms that support the desktop surface, hovering above, on pins located at the end of each arm. To add to the sense of lightness the desktop surface, made of lacquered mdf, is beveled back to reveal an imperceptibly thin edge.
Duravit sinks, luxurious marble baths with radiant heat floors, steam showers and deep soaking tubs create spa-like bathrooms.
The closet acts as a buffer space between the master bedroom and bath whose walls are entirely clad in slabs of Calacatta marble. The tub is the centerpiece of the bath with a waterfall tub filler emerging from the enclosing stone walls. Immediately next to the tub is a wall of glass which conceals the private toilet compartment and a steam shower with an integrated stone bench. The floor and wall niches in the wet areas features the same custom Calacatta chevron marble found at the kitchen backsplash. A custom oak vanity and mirror wall with integral cove lighting completes the spa like experience.
Photos: Courtesy of Turett Collaborative Architects
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.
This Tribeca Loft project encompasses a complete modern renovation of a 10th story loft by architect Aaron Schump, located in the Tribeca neighborhood of New York City. Extensive glazing on three facades presented a unique design challenge for this project.
A bar of walnut housing the kitchen and service areas organizes the plan. Bedrooms were pushed to the south and west, leaving the north-west corner free for entreating and unobstructed views of the Hudson river. Aaron Schump served as project manager at SPaN overseeing the entire project from design to construction administration.
AS//A is an architecture, urban design and research studio operating at the intersection of civic and ecological systems, urban and rural environments, and digital and physical processes. We explore the complexity of these relationships through a rigorous and collaborative design process aimed at uncovering the specifics of place, culture and materials to create buildings that are environmentally and culturally responsive. Focused on crafting value at multiple scales, we aim to achieve maximum aesthetic and social influence while employing minimum economic and environmental impact. We believe that well crafted spaces can positively affect our quality of life by creating sustainable places to live, work and play while maintaining respect for people, cities, and nature.
Photos: Courtesy of Aaron Schump
Real Parque Loft was designed for a recently married young entrepreneur by Diego Revollo Arquitetura, located in the south zone from São Paulo, Brazil, in a strictly residential buildings neighborhood. The buildings were built in the 80 and 90 decade and for this reason, the architects started from a traditional compartmentalized apartment with exaggerated number of divisions and closed rooms related to its area.
The main challenge was to open the 1,130 square foot (105 square meters) space, bring the sense of amplitude within the existing structural limitations. In this sense, the owner, was willing for profound changes and already felt attracted by the spatial characteristics of lofts as well as the contemporary aesthetic common in these cases.
The idea of a box with just a coating, burned cement, would bring the contemporary aspect and look like “clean” without amendments or interruptions and would be applied on all surfaces such as floors, walls and ceilings. A particular care has been taken into account in choosing the gray’s tone, which should be modern but not too cold and close by the natural cement’s tone. In the baths we used for the slabs the natural Oasis Blue limestone with a similar tone of cement, employed only as an alternative to cement, to be more appropriate for slabs and carved sinks.
For the owner a cold or too modern result wouldn’t please him, he searched an elegant atmosphere but also comfortable an “hot”. The suggestion of the office was the alliance of the cement and the natural wood inn a reddish chestnut brown tone to “heat up” the environment and that would add value in decorative point of view.
In some places such as the entrance, dining bench and the balcony seat, the Cumaru wood, a Brazilian’s hardwood with high resistance was used by rules to make the wood “weigh” even more. Where the use of solid wood wasn’t viable either by weight or by the natural movement, we chose for the Pau Ferro sheet, a wood with enough personality and a similar design to the Jacarandá, one of the main wood used in furniture production peak in Brazil in the 50 and 60 decade, for example.
The furniture and interior design continues with the choice of textiles as the natural linen or the distressed leather and prioritizes the warm touch and comfort always against the coldness of the cement box. The end result is a loft without excesses, spacious and extremely pleasant to live.
Photos: Alain Brugier
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