The Glass Farmhouse Loft is an open loft space in former factory building situated in Manhattan’s Midtown West neighborhood, New York, designed and owned by Charoonkit Thahong of Studio Recreation Inc. Thahong spent months searching for just the right raw, industrial space to remodel for his own home. The loft is in a former 13-story school building called The Glass Farmhouse, that was converted into residential apartments in 1982. With 52 sun-filled loft-style apartments, occupied mostly by photographers and artists, this loft was exactly what he was looking for: open space, hardwood floors and plenty of sunlight.
“It was almost as raw as I expected,” Thahong says. “It was actually livable, but it just wasn’t my taste.” In seven months Thahong transformed this 1,340 square foot one bedroom and one bath eclectic showcase for his individual style. Collections of ceramics, tropical plants, mid-century alarm clocks and other quirky knickknacks occupy almost every surface, but the space still manages to feel clean and modern. Most of Thahong’s decor consists of vintage pieces and classics in a neutral palette.
The ceiling lamp in the living room started as an iconic Lyndon outdoor floor lamp by designer Vico Magistretti, but Thahong had it adjusted and rewired for a statement-making ceiling fixture.
Thahong’s background in product design and ceramics has fostered a deep love for simple white vases. Most of his collection hails from Germany, particularly from Rosenthal and the Royal Porcelain Factory in Berlin.
He also loves the Danish Holmegaard Gulvase in white, red and amber glass. “I like the concept of ‘simple is best,’” says Thahong of the vase’s classic shape.
The stainless steel and walnut-stained plywood island was preexisting, but Thahong had a custom stainless steel top made for the back counter out of a single piece of steel with integrated sinks. Open industrial shelving extends all the way to the top of the wall, helping Thahong get maximum storage out of limited square footage. He keeps a ladder and step stool on hand for when he has to reach the party platters and other little-used items up top.
Although the original kitchen was dark and dated, Thahong lucked out with Viking appliances left over from the previous owner. The restaurant-quality range hood was already in place when Thahong bought the space. Unlike many city kitchen hoods, this one vents out the window. “It’s almost impossible to get a permit now to do that in a New York apartment,” says Thahong.
Thahong sleeps in a lofted bedroom located atop a small closet. A classic Vitra wall organizer keeps must-have items on hand near the door.
The lofted sleeping space has room for little more than a cozy bed, but Thahong still managed to sneak his collection of 1960s and ’70s alarm clocks onto the half wall behind his bed.
The mirror on this side of the room reflects the slate tile on the shower’s back wall. The walnut-stained plywood console displays more of Thahong’s Holmegaard Gulvase collection. “The bathroom is a really important part of all my designs,” he says. “I like it to surprise and have an exotic feeling.”
The bathroom sits toward the front of the apartment, away from the windows on the other side of the unit. To keep the space from feeling like a cave, Thahong opened it up with a large, clear sliding glass door supplemented with a curtain for privacy.
On the side of the bathroom shown here, floor-to-ceiling subway tiles cover the wall behind a 60-inch round bathtub. The vessel sink’s location was determined by plumbing lines; Thahong usually sits cross-legged on the plywood tub deck when using it.
Photos: Andrea Ferrari
This astonishing Chelsea duplex penthouse has floor-to-ceiling glass walls with unparalleled views of Manhattan, New York, designed by Marie Burgos Design. It has been designed with a modern approach to create a welcoming home space as well as being a showcase of fabulous views. This open living space showcases unparalleled views of Manhattan with a 25 foot high ceiling. The designer created a very modern clean line design using the philosophy of Feng Shui. From the open furniture layout to the simple color scheme, a very harmonious and balanced space has been created. We featured another one of Burgos’s fabulous home designs here.
French native Marie Burgos founded her interior design firm in 2007 which includes both residential and commercial design. Burgos’s ultimate talent is understanding her clients needs and creating interiors that are balanced, harmonious, sophisticated, and functional. Burgos has been known for her stunning loft and penthouse transformations in Tribeca, Chelsea, Soho, and The Hamptons.
Photos: Courtesy of Marie Burgos Design
Warmth and texture unite in this gorgeous Bridgehampton Estate designed by David Scott Interiors in Bridgehampton, a hamlet in the South Fork of Suffolk County, New York. The traditional style home encompasses the layering of various textures – rich leathers, woven textiles, rustic metals, and earthy woods – creating a warm and masculine residence. This large home in the heart of horse country is the ideal setting for relaxed summers. The rich brown coloration and earth tones used throughout the rooms were derived from the dark chestnut floors, the beams in the double-height living room, and the stone hearth. Unique rugs in variations of geometric patterns, give the rooms a subtle added dimension.
The walls are a Wattle and Daub natural plaster treatment and the beams are exposed timbers.
The walls are done in a custom hand-painted stencil by Applied Aesthetics Painting Studio.
The candle holders on the dining room table are from West Elm.
Photos: Antoine Bootz & George Ross
This sensational property was a former industrial building transformed into a beautiful loft in TriBeca, New York by Threshold Interiors. The designers used many re-claimed and salvaged items to complement the architecture and original purpose of the building.
The designers used reclaimed industrial windows used to provide light to an interior room. The dining table is custom from Olde Good Things in NYC.
The countertop is a reclaimed marble.
The living room is reclaimed barn wood nailed to drywall. The column is original to the home.
The bathroom tile can be found at Casale Tile in Ocean Township, New Jersey.
The master bathroom features custom-made shower doors and a reclaimed sink. The flooring is silver travertine from Casale Tile in Ocean, New Jersey.
The wall paneling are poplar boards the designers bought from their local lumber yard, they are inexpensive and they fit together by using a tongue and groove process. The poplar was stained using Minwax MWB 37. The sink is reclaimed from the Tastycake factory in Philadelphia.
Photos: Courtesy of Threshold Interiors
This incredible two storey industrial style loft apartment is situated in New York’s NoHo district, designed by Wettling Architects. The owner is Bradley Darryl Wong, who is best known for his role as Dr. George Huang in the TV series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. His 12-year-old son lives with him on weekends. The bedroom with en-suite and dressing room and a laundry room are at basement level. On the ground floor, there is a large living space, kitchen, guest bedroom/office, and another bedroom and bathroom. It was important for the homeowner to show the history of the former commercial building, so plaster was removed to reveal brick walls and the air-conditioning pipes were exposed.
The architect added a wall of windows and a massive steel skylight to replace the original wooden one and brighten the back of the buildings. Layers of plaster were chipped away to reveal vaulted brick ceilings. Then reclaimed wooden flooring and salvaged pieces were brought in, including a pair of century-old bronze doors for the entrance. Complementing the polished wood and warm brick are walls painted in rich green and purple, with furnishings in acid yellow and fuchsia. The downstairs space is oxblood red to match a lacquered box that belonged to the homeowner’s grandfather.
The stainless-steel kitchen is a mix of existing units and new cabinetry. Bright-shaped tiles echo the original exposed brick in the rest of the apartment and contrast with the cool steel units.
The view down the wide hallway showcases the theatrical elements of the homeowner’s apartment, with stage lights spotlighting the kitchen and living room ‘sets.’ The layout is adaptable, so the space can be divided into intimate areas or opened up when friends come to visit.
The glazed doors were sourced from the basement of the historic Puck Building. They conceal shallow cupboards where the homeowner hangs his favorite hats.
Photos: Courtesy of Wettling Architects
Daniel’s Lane Residence is a contemporary oceanfront property located on a narrow one acre lot in the Village of Sagaponack, on the Eastern Shore of Long Island, New York, designed by Blaze Makoid Architecture. The two-storey residence was designed for a father and his three children, inspired by the iconic architect Norman Jaffe’s Perlbinder House(1970) and Tod Williams’ Tarlo House (1979) and infused with the architect’s signature of designing property’s with quiet elegance, uniquely suited to each client. The home has a great flow that fuses the architecture with its interiors and the site. The lines between indoor and out are blurred, creating a welcoming and cozy environment for the homeowners. The design needed to have clean and contemporary lines and devoid of anything not pertinent to the design.
From the architects: Sited on a narrow, one-acre, oceanfront lot, the design of this house was one of the first projects in the Village of Sagaponack to be affected by the 2010 revision to FEMA flood elevations, requiring a first floor elevation of approximately 17 feet above sea level with a maximum height allowance of 40’. All construction was required to be located landward of the Coastal Erosion Hazard Line. The location within a high velocity (VE) wind zone added to the planning and structural challenges.
Makoid wanted the structure to appear simple and clean upon arrival. The two story travertine entry façade is highlighted with a single opening accentuated by a cantilevered afromosia stair landing that hovers off the ground. A ‘cut and fold’ in the wall plane bends to allow for one large glass opening, from which an over scaled wood aperture containing the main stair landing cantilevers.
A layer of service spaces run parallel to the wall plane creating a threshold prior to reaching the horizontal expanse of the open plan living room, dining area and kitchen that stretches along the ocean side of the house. Fifteen-foot wide floor to ceiling glass sliding panels maximize the ocean view and create easy access to the patio and pool beyond.
The second floor is imagined as a travertine and glass ‘drawer’ floating above the glass floor below. Three identical children’s bedrooms run from west to east, setting a rhythm that is punctuated by a master bedroom with balcony that projects from the wall plane. It is clad in the same afromosia wood as the stair landing.
The quiet elegance and clean lines of the house are accentuated by the materials that also include poured-in-place concrete floors, Calcutta marble cladding and afromosia millwork.
Photos: Marc Bryan-Brown
This Central Park West penthouse apartment, designed by Foley Fiore Architecture and interior design firm Kathryn Scott Design Studio, is hidden beneath the curved copper mansard roof of a Manhattan, New York landmark building. It was artfully created by the former owner out of storage rooms, a one bedroom apartment, and unused space in the building’s decorative turret. The goals for this renovation were to provide ample communal living spaces with private retreats for a young family with two teenage children; to maximize the views to Central Park and the interior garden; to create a great working kitchen with a connection to the living spaces; and to shake the eighties feeling out of the design. The unique steel structure supporting the mansard roof was exposed to create a loft-like feeling.
Working with metal fabricator Jake Ducharme, Foley Fiore Architecture designed a sculptural curved zinc wall which houses a dining banquette; a zinc kitchen bar; and hanging steel benches at the park-facing windows. Large scale metal sliding doors provide a gateway to the garden beyond and steel and glass doors create privacy for the master bedroom and second level loft bedroom while maintaining the view. Kathryn Scott Design Studio provided elegant yet comfortable furnishings in a neutral palette to provide balance to the steel and glass. Gunn Landscape Architecture worked with the owners and Foley Fiore Architecture to create an internal oasis at the center of the apartment with a sense of light and beauty at all times of the year.
Photos: Ellen McDermott Photography
This striking modern designed residence in Ancram, Upstate New York has been designed by HHF Architects and interior design firm Kathryn Scott Design Studio Ltd. The home is comprised of 4,000 square feet of living space, designed as a country house for two young art collectors as a retreat from life in the city. The architectural design reflects their desire for a simple, sculptural residence standing in contrast to its natural surrounding landscape. The four equal sized boxes covered with corrugated metal panels on the outside create a striking and unexpected home. The interior was kept minimally furnished with the focus remaining on the owners’ contemporary Chinese art collection. Access to the view of the countryside is carefully orchestrated and subtly present without dominating the interior, creating an introspective intimacy and highlighting the art within. Natural light pours though the openings in between the outer boxes creating a changing sculptural display of its own inside each room. The simplicity and careful selection of the furnishings are a reflection of the owners clear vision of their personal style.
Photos: Ellen McDermott
The Mothersill Residence is a stunning single family vacation home located in Water Mill, New York designed by Bates Masi Architects in conjunction with interior design firm Damon Liss Inc. This sprawling 6,027 square foot home utilizes a boardwalk as an architectural device for weaving together multiple portions of a historic site with new building and landscape elements. Located on a creek-front property, the site contains two culturally significant structures designed by Andrew Geller and a diversity of landscape plantings. The two Geller structures, a small house and studio, were built in 1962. Common to Geller’s architecture, a boardwalk connects the two structures.
A varied collection of botanically significant plantings populates the property, including a rare specimen Yew garden, serpentine Yew, and more than 400,000 Siberian Iris. The western edge of the property slopes down to a wetland bordering the creek. A conservation easement on the property protects the two Geller structures, Yew garden and iris, while allowing for the addition of a new main house. The owners requested a design that would unify these disparate elements. To achieve this, a constructed path traverses the site to link visual and spatial relationships between the elements. The path takes the form of a raised, wooden surface that recalls the boardwalks of Geller’s architecture.
Building and wetland setbacks, existing landscape features, site access, and conservation easement restrictions overlap to create the parameters of the meandering path. The path originates from the relocated Geller House in the Yew garden and winds around the serpentine hedge to a new swimming pool.
As the path continues it passes the Geller Studio, now reprogrammed as a pool house, and connects to shaded outdoor living spaces. A new central lawn is defined as the boardwalk turns to extend through the main house. A cantilevered deck wraps the end of the main house at the termination of the path, providing views of the wetland and creek.
The surface of the path folds up and over to become the enclosure of the main house, simultaneously functioning as floor, wall, and roof. All surfaces of this enclosure are constructed with the same wood decking as the boardwalk. Their uniformity gives the effect of a single envelope containing a variety of parts and reflects the influence of design in Geller’s work.
In these ways the physical, material, and spatial qualities of the path facilitate an architectural dialogue between the Geller structures and new house that is interwoven with the existing landscape, collecting the once individual elements into a unified whole.
Photos: Courtesy of Bates Masi Architects
This sensational fifth floor Prince Street loft, spotted on Sotheby’s, is located in the SoHo district of New York City, New York. Featuring plenty of incredible details in the newly renovated 2,500 square foot loft, including six gorgeous wood-framed windows offering an abundance of natural light in the open plan living room, cast iron columns, exposed brick and wood beams. The living room boasts 11’+/- ceilings, an Eco Smart Fireplace and fully integrated audio/visual system including a 103” drop down projector screen. The kitchen is fit for a chef and replete with custom stainless counters, cherry wood cabinets, and top tier professional appliances ranging from SubZero to Wolf, Fisher Paykel to Miele.
The luxurious master bedroom has a walk-in closet and en suite bath featuring floor to ceiling Limestone, Neptune soaking tub, Koehler fittings and a large glass enclosed shower. The residence includes three-four bedrooms, two baths and media room with custom Murphy bed. The home also offers abundant storage, private laundry room, and 2-zone central air. There is a common roof deck and private storage within this intimate 5-unit Cast Iron landmarked building.
This sensational loft could be all yours, listed for sale at $4,650,000, from here.