This small reconstructed attic apartment has been designed by architect Dimitar Karanikolov and interior designer Veneta Nikolova, located in Sofia, Bulgaria. The architect and designer had been working and living in London for severals years before deciding to move back to their roots in Sofia. The discovered a small yet intriguing loft space that was situated in a newly constructed development. After spending two years reconstructing the crib, the finished result was nothing short of spectacular. The loft showcases custom designed furniture by the duo, which ended up inspiring a new boutique furnishings company called ‘Loftcase‘. The pair also experiments with details and finishes throughout the space, creating a one-of-a-kind space. According to the designers, the interior concept was to create a “well-balanced hipster modernity garnished with pieces of vintage furniture and accessories.” The development of the property was set too close to existing buildings, so the owners found that privacy was large concern. To address this issue, the entire apartment was surrounded by high, cantilevered aluminum planters, making the terrace feel like a tranquil outdoor courtyard that is entirely sheltered from prying eyes.
An enormous dark colored “cube” was designed in the heart of the living area, which conceals the bathroom of the loft space (which sits above the elevator shaft of the building). The cube was custom designed with thin concrete panels cladding the exterior and interior of the structure. We love all of the custom design features in this unique pad and the staircase that leads up to the cool little loft space. An overall beautiful design aesthetic that makes living in an apartment feel like a custom experience that anyone could enjoy. What do you think, could you live here?
The wardrobe in the bedroom has been designed to look like an old suitcase. It helps to conceal a custom bathtub built into the floor above, which is a a guest suite.
A bespoke designed wooden drawer helps to make the air conditioning unit. The ventilation system is encapsulated in black metal panels. Above the dining table are magnet-held Edison light bulbs strung at varying lengths.
Photos: Minko Minev | Georgi Petev | Dimitar Karanikolov
An old stable has been converted into a stunning loft apartment with original details by MdAA Associated Architects, located in Trastevere, the 13th rione of Rome, Italy. The region played host to many stables up until the late 1900s, with the barns being more spacious that the typical homes in the area. They were typically covered with immense trusses, which was preserved in the restructuring of the home. The interiors feature soaring ceilings, with the tallest hight being 32 feet. The biggest design challenge to fulfill on the client’s brief involved the master bedroom retreat. They desired to have complete privacy in this space, completely closing it off from the main living spaces on the ground level, where voices would carry. Wood flooring flows throughout the entire space of the home, which helps to infuse it with warmth. Above the living room is the bedroom structure, which takes on a tree house effect. A private retreat away from all the disturbances of the social spaces. This space is suspended high off the ground, with structural supports that emulate a tree trunk. The geometry of this private zone takes on an unusual shape, comprised of pieces of riveted iron.
Custom bookshelves creates a nice little niche against the wall for reading. The light fixtures have been well placed throughout the home to help set the mood. The ceiling has been punctuated with skylights to help diffuse natural light into the home. The finishing result is an intriguing apartment design that has a warm aesthetic and spatial intimacy, while at the same time fulfilling a childhood fantasy of a treehouse.
Our favorite design feature of this conversion is how the heart of the home is the master bedroom, an intimate treehouse design within the interior of a home. It doesn’t get much cooler than that! What do you think? If you were inspired by this old stable conversion, we have featured a couple of others here on 1 Kindesign awhile back: 18th century horse stable converted into artist’s loft and Monumental Coach House breathes new life.
Photos: Massimo D’alessandro
This prewar loft was designed by Raad Studio, located in Greenwich Village, a neighborhood on the west side of Lower Manhattan, New York City, New York. The interiors of this warm loft is a compilation of materials, which encompasses steel, wood, Corian and plaster, which adds an astounding character to the spaces. The entryway, the material elements are shown as raw and as you travel through the loft they become increasingly more sophisticated and meticulous. An interesting design element in the loft is a ladder on a rail system which travel throughout the whole length of the structure. Another beautiful element is the custom designed shelf under the television in the living room. It is a live edge shelf comprised of walnut, designed and built by Wishbone Woodworking.
An exposed brick wall adds to the lofty feel of the space. The wall has a unique visual interest with linear custom cabinetry running the full length of the room. The shelving and cabinets are comprised of blackened steel and walnut, a stunning combination. This also creates lots of space to showcase the homeowner’s collection of books and add some personality with some decorative items.
We have featured a few prewar homes here on 1 Kindesign, so in case you missed them, take a peek: Spectacular $25 million Manhattan penthouse and Industrial-Eclectic West Village Townhouse by BWArchitects.
Photos: Courtesy of Raad Studio
White Street Loft is a beautiful 19th century loft designed by owner and principal James Ramsey of Raad Studio, located in Tribeca, an area in Lower Manhattan, New York. The home does not offer a lot of natural light, but makes up for it in the well placed light fixtures. Originally details have been carefully preserved, such as old windows, tin ceilings and exposed brick walls. New finishes were added such as light oak flooring, refreshing the walls with a coat of white paint and modern stainless appliances. Three windows were added to the center of the loft where the apartment was the darkest to allow some natural light to filter into the space. Some custom designed pieces by the designer includes a walnut storage/stereo cabinet, a 300 bottle wine rack crafted from terra cotta drainage pipes and a Beluga whale skeleton designed from a plaster mold that floats over the dining table. The custom kitchen showcases black granite countertops, white subway tile backsplash, and an island covered in white marble and walnut. The end result is a super stylish pad with plenty of tactile materials and stunning decorative accents, enjoy the photo tour!
Are you looking for more industrial loft inspiration here on 1 Kindesign? Have a look at a couple of our past popular features: Building transformed into industrial home in Portland and Incredible industrial style loft apartment in NoHo.
Photos: Courtesy of Raad Studio
This Scandinavian style loft apartment project is a conceptually designed home by Denis Krasikov for a client living in the heart of Prague, Czech Republic. The interiors of this home are very interesting, with soaring ceilings, an exposed brick wall to separate the kitchen and breakfast nook from the living room and a staircase that leads up to a lofted bedroom. Painted bright white, this small home feels spacious and bright. Hardwood flooring travels throughout, with a warmer hue in the main living spaces and a lighter hue in the bedroom. The bathroom offers a black and white checkered tile pattern on the floor that offsets very well with the subway tiled floor to ceiling walls. The furnishings are mostly in varying shades of black and white with some pops of color for visual interest. A patterned area rug in the living area adds texture, color and warmth to the space. One of the things we love most about this apartment is the playful graphics on the walls, adding to the character of the home.
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Renderings: Courtesy of Denis Krasikov
Garage Loft project is the conversion of an old auto repair shop into an eclectically designed home by BRICKS Amsterdam, located in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. This home is owned by the designer of BRICKS, James van der Velden who has a creative knack at reviving old properties and giving them a second life. The home is comprised of 1,453 square feet (135 square meters) of living space with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The designer’s vision was to create a home infused with a masculine style, adding a striking visual contrast by intermingling dark with light, old and modern, and layering textures. The most important part of the design scheme was to make space for the many collections of art and decor the designers had picked up over the years. The home features a central atrium space that houses an interior garden, which has been outlined by gridded glass construction. The enclosed space is comprised of only 75 square feet, yet it is spacious enough to grow plants and be connected to the outdoors.
The home features a great mix of vintage finds and re-purposed items as well as inherited pieces. The designer likes to decorate with objects that are slightly generic, such as old lightbulbs piled up into oversized jars.
Do you get inspired by eclectic style of design? Have a look at some features showcasing the very best in eclecticism: Double height dwelling showcasing eclectic design and Incredibly stylish contemporary loft in Houston.
Photos: Courtesy of BRICKS Amsterdam
Brimming with character, this Arts District loft in Los Angeles, California is the home of Scott Jarrell and Kristan Cunningham, owners of Hammer + Spear. Showcasing an aesthetic of a well collected showroom, this 3,500 square foot industrial loft is in the same neighborhood as their shop. The home is a stylish mix of clever DIY solutions and collected vintage pieces. infusing the space with personality. The homeowners have taken up residence in this space for the past four years, describing their design style as “dark and moody, cozy and tucked in.” They wanted their interiors to feel like fall and winter throughout the year, injecting the home with warmth. The couple both have a very masculine aesthetic, which makes design selections easy to collectively agree upon. The loft showcases an eclectic mix of scoured antique shop finds and Craigslist scores mixed with some designer pieces to create a collected aesthetic that is visually pleasing and inviting. If you have watched HGTV’s Design on a Dime, you may recognize Kristan as a past designer and host of the popular show for ten seasons. She got her start at just twenty years old, beginning with an appearance on HGTV’s Designer’s Challenge.
Do you think the homeowner’s have a unique design style? Let us know your thoughts on this feature, in the comments section below. Love the look of lofts? We have presented plenty here on 1 Kindesign, have a look at some popular ones from the past: Three-story West Loop Loft renovation in Chicago and Incredible industrial style loft apartment in NoHo.
Warm and welcoming, an antique wine-tasting table is the anchor to the loft’s entryway. The table plays double duty as not only an accent piece but as a card games table, brainstorming space, and a place to sip on wine.
Against a dramatic backdrop of high windows and white brick walls, the loft showcases beautiful details at every turn and furnishings that evokes a feeling that is both well worn and luxe.
A leather poof sits under a mid-century coffee table. delineating the space is a Beni Ourain-style rug.
The dining room features a 1970s mahogany table that was refinished in an ebony paint, surrounded by rich vintage leather chairs by Mariani.
The Brunswick billiards table is the social hub of the home. The lighting above was originally a vintage Model T luggage rack turned light fixture, designed by Brothers of Industry
The sconce pictured above was an eBay purchase. The flickering bulb is inspired by gas lanterns, creating a warm glow throughout the loft. Every bulb within the loft is 25 watts and set on a dimmer switch.
A cozy furniture arrangement separates this space from the rest of the home, making it a snuggly den. The couple watches movies on the velvety soft sofa and curl up with a fur throw.
The homeowners have an extensive record collection that gets used both morning and evening. Antique fencing helmets can also be see in the eclectic mix of the image above.
Picked up from a local junk shop, a pair of brass stag end tables with a glass top creates the illusion that the books are hovering on the animals noses.
The couple’s four-year-old bichon frise-poodle mix, Bean, poses adorably for the camera.
This simple white IKEA kitchen has been dressed up with stylish features such as leather drawer pulls, DIY shelving, and contrasting baseboards.
The light flooded kitchen showcases an assortment of warm metals, which includes rustic copper piping and tableware. Shelving stores glasswares and accessories, putting the couple’s unique finds on display. Butcher block countertops helps to infuse natural texture into the space.
The clothing racks were designed by the homeowner’s from utilitarian gas-pipe parts picked up from The Home Depot.
This extraordinary residence features a trendy New York loft design aesthetic, located on Johanneberg street, one of Gothenburg, Sweden’s most popular streets. Spread out over two levels, this 1,291 square foot (120 square meters) home showcases an exclusive and warm character. All materials have been painstakingly selected by the homeowners to create a luxury hotel suite with a “New York feeling”. The finished result of the interior decoration is a sensational journey of muted tones that range from Parlor Blue in the bedroom to Boudin Grey in the guest bedroom to Venetian Dusty Pink in the bathroom. In the open and inviting living area, a crackling fire sets the tone, while a spacious terrace offers sweeping views of the city. On the first level you will find the living room, kitchen, master bedroom, guest bedroom, and a bathroom. The staircase leading up to the second floor was specially built, including a handrail in brass and genuine leather. On the top level is a dining room, comfortable reading area, a bathroom and access to the terrace.
What do you think of this loft, is it super stylish or too over the top? If you are inspired by loft living and Scandinavian interiors, have a look at some past features here on 1 Kindesign that combine both: Exceptionally beautiful duplex apartment in Sweden and Spacious and exquisitely adorned Ostermalm loft.
The kitchen and living room are combined in an open floor plan, flooded with light from multiple dormer windows and skylights to the southwest.
The first floor bathroom has been tastefully and stylishly renovated with Carrara marble on the floors and matching square tiles on the wall. The walls have been painted in a Venetian dusty pink.
An old workshop was converted into a stylish loft, tailored to meet the lifestyle needs of its designer and owner, Celia Gómez Puerta, located in the Salamanca district of Madrid, Spain. When the designer spotted this potential new home with lots of natural light, soaring ceilings, and a large open space, she new it was the home for her, her husband and their pet. The finished result showcases a modern, dynamic and stylish transition brimming with character. She created a space where all parts are visually connected and open onto a courtyard, which floods the home with sunlight. The construction was carried out by Iberhome, which is owned by the designer’s husband. Initially the entrance was through the garage, so one of the first design changes was to convert the weathered garage into a space where her husband can store his motorcycle. Through a sliding door is an open space featuring the living room, dining room, kitchen and master bedroom. The master bedroom is separated from the main living spaces by a sliding door that can be left open or closed depending on the occasion. A black metal staircase leads to the mezzanine level which is brightly lit by skylights. On this level is a guest room and spacious home office, where the designer runs her interior design studio and blog.
The interiors reflect a contemporary setting with the perfect balance between minimalist and ornate. The main objective was to create the feeling of home. The aesthetics of the loft brings a lot of character, with industrial nuances of exposed brick, metal duct work and beams. Warm wooden flooring infuses warmth into the space and the selection of furnishings, finishes and decor gives the home soul.
We have featured several loft on 1 Kindesign, lots that have been converted and turned into spaces brimming with character and personality. In case you missed them, we have a couple of unique ones here: Old soap factory converted to tranquil Tribeca oasis by Andrew Franz and Building transformed into industrial home in Portland.
Photos: Elle Decor
This enchanting attic apartment showcases striking contrasts, spacious layout and sunlit interiors, located in Lorensberg, a district in Gothenburg, Sweden. Spotted on Alvhem, this intriguing home has only 635 square feet (59 square meters) of living space yet its functional design makes it feel quite spacious and cozy. Dark stained oak wood flooring can be found throughout most of the living spaces, giving a sharp visual contrast against the white walls. The small living room provides an open layout to the dining and kitchen areas. A working fireplace provides warmth and comfort on cool winter nights. Light pours in from the southwest facing windows and large skylights so artificial lighting is not necessary during the day. Wood beams on an angle provides interest to the ceiling and the overall visual appeal of the home. The kitchen offers plenty of work surfaces for cooking delicious meals. With the open flow into the living room, it makes mingling with guests effortless. An elegant spiral staircase in the living area leads to a loft space with a home office. The staircase continues through a skylight that opens out onto the property’s rooftop, giving unparalleled views of the cityscape below. Glass flooring in the loft space provides plenty of natural light to the bedroom.
The apartment offers a single bedroom, which is nestled under the loft and is flooded with natural light from the glass floor above. Cozy and spacious with a serene color palette, you will feel a sense of tranquility as you lay down for a restful nights sleep. The modern bathroom was tastefully renovated with gray floor tiles and white tiles on the walls, in keeping with the aesthetic of the rest of the apartment.
Are you inspired by Swedish apartment design? Have a look at some of our past articles here on 1 Kindesign where we have highlighted some intriguing designs: Stylish apartment in Linnéstaden flooded with light and Exceptionally beautiful duplex apartment in Sweden.
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