This bright and spacious four-room loft with attached terrace offers expansive views, in a desirable location in the lovely Södermalm, a district in Stockholm, Sweden. Spotted on Wrede, this crib is comprised of 1,862 square feet (173 square meters) of living space, having received a complete overhaul with high-end finishes and materials. Upon entryway, the home welcomes you into a magnificent social area with living room, dining room and a fully equipped open-plan kitchen. Dark wooden flooring and exposed beams harmonize the white washed walls, plastered surfaces and otherwise austere surfaces. A cozy roof terrace offers lovely views over the rooftops. There is also a laundry room, three bedrooms and two bathrooms.
The kitchen and living room have an open flow, perfect for entertaining family and guests. Plenty of windows and wonderful lighting in the design scheme helps to create a sooting atmosphere for the enduring Swedish winters. Warm and spacious interiors creates the perfect home for anyone to enjoy. There is plenty of storage and functional design to consider this a move-in ready home. Have a look through the images below for some great inspiration and be sure to let us know what design details you love most about this space!
The dining room offers its own cozy little nook, with plenty of natural light to create a nice ambiance.
The Loft is inspiration abound, a conceptual pop-up store showcasing luxurious lighting, furnishings, homeware and textiles, located in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. This carefully laid out space emulates a dream loft where anyone could imagine themselves living. The space has been created in The Vaudeville Theatre, refurnished into a tastefully designed loft space, a fantasy home. This concept loft can give viewers inspiration to incorporate into their own spaces. If you are a loft lover or have your own loft, you are going to really enjoy looking at this master creation, the interior stylists did an amazing job putting this together, which is only on display for three weeks. If you love the look, you can copy a lot of these items with similar, less expensive pieces from West Elm or CB2 and even Ikea. What do you think of this transformation, is this your style?
Designed as an open concept, spaces are divided with the use of area rugs. A herringbone patterned wood flooring runs throughout the entire loft, making the space feel cozy and warm.
Love the gorgeous canopy bed, the framing height works perfectly with the high ceilings of the space. A trunk at the end of the bed is the perfect spot to store sweaters or anything else you want to keep out of sight in a bedroom.
Functional shelving helps to showcase art work as a gallery wall, this is a perfect idea if you do not have a lot of wall space. Layering the shelving works really well for homes that have high ceilings.
A hanging swing adds playfulness to the loft, especially fun swinging back and forth while admiring the incredible city views through the large windows.
Photos: Courtesy of Enter The Loft
High Loft is a family apartment showcasing a study in the play of urban light and views, designed by Bade Stageberg Cox, located in New York City, New York. The design integrates open and screened views of the city as the living ‘décor’ of the apartment interior.
Description from the architects: Our clients were interested in a space they could re-shape to meet the needs of their family of four. Several aspects of the building were appealing to them – the building’s history, its distinctive cast iron structure, and the volume of space afforded by the apartment’s 13-foot high ceilings. The design prioritizes views of the city, light and connectedness between spaces over private, compartmentalized rooms.
The living room occupies an apse at the corner of the building (highlighted on the building’s exterior with a golden dome) offering oblique views of the city. The living room furnishings reinforce the geometry of the space through a curved-back sofa, a spiraling pendant light fixture, and an octagonal carpet.
Custom metal shelves and perforated screens frame space and filter light, articulating discrete program areas while allowing the spaces to feel spacious and connected. The screens’ vertical elements are powder-coated steel to appear thin and weightless. The horizontal shelves are walnut to relate to the palette of flooring and custom cabinetry, and the perforated screens are a custom pattern that echo decorative motifs on the cast iron columns.
Faceted translucent glass screens operate in a similar way at the children’s bedrooms, allowing changing natural light into the bedroom hallway and producing a sense of a secondary exposure in the bedrooms while preserving their acoustic privacy.
Photos: Andy Ryan
Chinatown Loft is a small apartment renovation re-imagined by architecture firm Buro Koray Duman, located in the Chinatown neighborhood of New York City. Comprised of 750 square feet, this lovely apartment showcases a bold, sculptural, open plan design.
Once a three bedroom dark renovation from the 1980’s is now a one bedroom plus one-and-a-half bath. The apartment is on the corner of the 5th floor of a tenement building overlooking Sarah Roosevelt Park.
The interior space is divided by a sculptural wave-like wall that houses the laundry, storage and the powder room. The tile in the powder room is bas-relief honey comb and the master bath is an all plate glass enclosure. Most of the walls are exposed brick that has been white-washed, and the flooring is oak.
The team preserved bits of history in the apartment such as leaving traces of vintage wall paper in the kitchen area. The project won the best of the year award for residential spaces in 2011.
Photos: Peter Murdoch
The Williamsburg loft is a 3,500 square foot live / work space designed in an industrial style by Ensemble Architecture, located in Williamsburg, a neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York. This stunningly designed artist’s loft is inhabited by a creatively talented married couple, he is a chef and food writer and she is a sculptor. The couple discovered this spacious ground floor industrial space after spending years looking for an industrial space to renovate. They wanted the space to not only function as a comfortable home to relax and enjoy when not working, but also to be used as workspaces for both of their disciplines. Almost half the space has been divided into a sculpture studio, while the other half encompasses daily living and includes a spacious chef’s kitchen that is used for TV productions and events. On office situated just off the kitchen to be conveniently accessed while cooking for writing and to take care of other business that is related to cooking.
The work zones can be found on one side, the kitchen, living area, and bedroom on the other. Pocket doors create sometimes- there walls between her studio and the living room; his office, just off the kitchen, can similarly be concealed. The doors weigh about 150 pounds each but are designed to support up to 200 pounds of art.
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Monumental, ten-foot by fifteen-foot sliding partitions function to open or close the work spaces from the living spaces creating a flexible balance between live and work.
They used the least expensive marble they could find for the central island and the glossiest Ikea cabinets available. “Everything we put in was very clean—new and crisply detailed, to contrast with the industrial materials,” states the architect. “The best features of the existing space were the unpainted wood ceiling and columns.”
Photos: Courtesy of Ensemble Architecture
25 Green was designed by Luciano Pia as a residential steel structure appearing like a forest where trees are rooting in terraces, located in Torino, Italy. Built in 2012, the building has been thought as a living forest, a house on the trees like the houses children dream of and sometimes build. The property also features ponds which are crossed by footings and lush gardens covering the roofs.
The project comes from the necessity of making a residential building of 80,729 square feet (7500 square meters) to complement a block featured by lack of homogeneity and heterogeneous prospects. The aim of the project is both the construction of the block perimeter with a continuous facade and the making of a filter between the internal inhabited space and the streets. The project wants to create a flowing and smooth transition space to soften the passage from the inside to the outside where the space is always enjoyable. The smooth and changeable transition is emphasized by a targeted use of the green and the building materials so to create a structure which is compact and distinct but also transparent, mutable and enjoyable.
It is a special building because it is alive: it grows up, it breaths and it changes since 150 trees with tall trunks cover its terraces. Together with 50 trees planted in the court garden they produce oxygen, absorb carbonic anhydride, cut down air pollution, protect from noise, follow the natural cycle of Seasons, grow up day after day and create a perfect microclimate inside the building so diminuishing the fall and rise in temperature in summertime and wintertime.
The streeps in solid wood that floor the terraces filter the sunlight in summer, while in winter they let the light break into the house. The wainscot in larch shingles is a sort of soft and vibrant surface. The metal structures look like trees and they “grow” from the groundfloor to the roof while holding up the wooden planking of the terraces: they become entwined with the vegetation to form a unique facade.
One of the aims of the project is the increase of the energetic efficiency and for this reason several integrated solutions have been adopted: continuous insulation, sun protection, heating and cooling systems which make use of the geothermal energy with heat pumps and recycling of the falling rain to water the green.
There are 63 residential units in the building and they are all different and fitted with wide terraces of irregular shapes that surround the trees. The last floor is covered with private green roofs.
The green is diversified: big vases on the terraces, court gardens, green walls and roof gardens just in front of the lofts.
In the vases there are trees or shrubs of different heights from 2.5 meters to 8 meters. Deciduous species have been planted to have sun irradiation in wintertime too. The choise of the species, even if diversified according to the different needs, has been made to grant a variety of leaves, colors and flowering.
When all the green is fully blooming it gives the feeling of living in a tree house. You can dream of a house or live in a dream!
Photos: Beppe Giardino
This loft apartment designed by Cloud Studios offers industrial style open plan living infused with natural light, located in an old factory near Edgware Road, London, England. The loft was completely renovated in 2014 and featured in Elle Decoration’s 25th Anniversary Issue, October 2014.
Description from the designers: The apartment, which is in a converted industrial space, was completely reconfigured by Cloud to create two bedrooms and a large open plan living space.
The architectural details have an industrial feel (concrete ceilings, Critail windows and exposed pipes).
The clean lines and high ceilings were enhanced with a pale Douglas fir wide-planked floor and a contemporary kitchen.
Cloud, set up by Nia Morris and Louise Holt, has an established reputation for creating elegant, contemporary interiors for a wide range of residential and commercial projects, from prestigious London and country houses to apartments, offices and hotels. Characterized by creativity balanced by practicality and a highly personal service, we provide innovative design solutions in all the services we offer, from complete refurbishment to interior decoration of individual rooms, space planning, lighting design, bespoke furniture and bathroom and kitchen design.
Photos: Courtesy of Cloud Studios
The Bond Street Loft was designed by Ensemble Architecture, occupying an entire floor of one of New York City’s original artists loft buildings in Manhattan’s NoHo historic district. The 1,500 square foot loft was completely gutted to create a spacious two-bedroom home for a family of three.
Description from the designer: Every detail was considered to maintain the feel of the authentic New York artists’ loft while providing modern amenities including central air conditioning, fumed oak floors and custom, mahogany, weighted windows.
Carefully selected salvaged items were purchased early in the renovation and the layout was designed to accommodate and highlight their unique proportions and organic qualities.
Salvaged items include ten-foot tall double doors leading to the master suite and a 150 year old solid porcelain bathtub with original fittings in the master bathroom. A custom, steel, floor-to-ceiling bookshelf anchors the rear of the large open kitchen / living / dining room and holds the creative couple’s vast collection of art and photography books.
Rustic, industrial details were maintained, created and juxtaposed with minimalist millwork and finishes throughout the loft to create an eccentric home for a creative family.
Photos: Courtesy of Ensemble Architecture
Aptly named ‘Flatiron Loft meets meets Bali’, this family style loft was renovated by Matiz Architecture & Design (MAD), located in the Flatiron District of Manhattan, New York. The tone was influenced by Balinese craft juxtaposed with the Industrial style of New York City. Completed in 2015, the loft is comprised of 1,900 square feet of sumptuous living space.
From the designer: Details include imported materials such as hand-painted floor tiles, custom made millwork and petrified wood all creating a contrast of colors and textures weaved throughout the space.
The lofty open floor plan connects the living room, den, dining area and kitchen providing functionality and comfort for the family lifestyle.
MAD’s architectural design practice stems from the belief that the built environment is a living breathing entity with the ability to express emotion and intimately engage with its surroundings. In leveraging spaces’ animated potential, MAD approaches every architectural project through a visceral lens and with an emotional depth upon which our clients have come to rely.
This practice operates in a range of scales and typologies, from single-family residences and stand-alone retail stores to large-scale university facilities and landmark renovation projects.
Photos: Hidenao Abe
Warner House is a renovated apartment offering an open, loft-like living space by Inside Out Architecture, located in the Clerkenwell section of central London. The renovation was carried out on behalf of a couple, which entailed removing interior walls of the 2,583 square foot apartment.
From the architect: Following the success of a number of London refurbishment projects, Inside Out Architecture was appointed to redesign the interior layout of a unique apartment space in Clerkenwell, Central London, in early 2012.
The existing building has an intriguingly tactile industrial structure, with exposed concrete beams and columns throughout its interior. These original structural elements proved far more captivating than the apartment’s existing interior, and IOA’s subsequent intervention sought to enhance their prominence.
Work began by stripping the old apartment back to its basic shell and exposing the dramatic geometry of the concrete beams. A number of spaces – including a TV room, two bedrooms, separate family and guest bathrooms, a utility room and an adaptable guest bedroom – were then “inserted” into this hollow shell.
These inserts came in the form of numerous bespoke joinery pieces, designed with a light touch and simple smooth finishes to contrast with, and hence emphasise, the strength of the textured concrete structure. By stopping these joinery inserts short of the overhead beams, the architects expressed them as something secondary to the structure. It was then possible to step these partitions back at high level to align with concrete beam junctions. This enabled the creation of a suitable layout in plan while ensuring that full acoustic separation was achieved in a way that respected the complex soffit geometry. Despite their simple expression, the joinery pieces house a wealth of concealed functions including fold out beds, integrated radiators, storage units, kitchen appliances, glazed screens, curtain recesses, sliding partitions and the entire family bathroom.
In the living area a bespoke island kitchen was introduced to provide a focal point for activity within a large open plan space. A suspended aluminium profile provided functional downlighting while simultaneously uplighting the concrete soffit to create a comfortable warm atmosphere, giving the clients the flexibility they require.
In combination, the project’s lighting, tones and textures collude to create a series of tranquil domestic spaces amidst the bustle of central London.
Photos: Jim Stephenson
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