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Friday, October 12, 2012

ohny - chinatown loft

On to the next installment of my OHNY post. Sunday morning P and I trekked to Chinatown to check out a loft space that had been created in an old tenement building. When the owner Koray Duman, one half of Sayigh & Duman Architects, purchased the 750-square-foot corner apartment, it had three bedrooms. Hard to imagine the now open space chopped up like that. Duman gutted everything, exposed the brick and raised the ceiling to create more space. He even left a piece of history on the walls, old wallpaper that was discovered underneath the gypsum wall boards and left in place. One of his friends, who is an artist working with neon tubes melded her art with the remaining wallpaper and gave it to him as a house warming gift. Not a bad house warming present, right? All enclosed spaces, like powder room, toilet, closet and washer/dryer are hidden in the chartreuse wall that is part divider and part closet. The two sofas in the living room can be moved and put together like puzzle pieces to create one large lounging area, hanging out on them you can take in great views of Downtown Manhattan. My favorite part is the bed made of felt and magazines, what a great way to recycle old magazines. I could probably build a small house with the magazines I have collected over the years. Also love the continuous use of color in the space, the chartreuse works very well with the white but I am not sure if I could keep up with it myself. I just have so many tchotchkes and colorful artwork…

What is your favorite part of the space? Or is it too clean and modern for you?

Have a great weekend! 

 
 
 
 
 

22 comments:

  1. So cool! I never would have thought chartreuse worked so well in an apartment, but it really "sings" in this one. I love that the bed is made from magazines, that's so clever. But are they glued together or secured in some way? I'd imagine they'd slide around or move. That little office nook with the exposed brick and shelving and Bertoia chair...my dream workspace. Seriously, it's awesome!

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    1. Love the chartreuse too! Coincidentally I have picked a fabric in the same color to upholster my newest project...I have no idea how the magazines and the felt are secured but they must be in some way. Otherwise the guy would fall out of bed every night ;)

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  2. Those brick walls are killer! And the modern bathroom is just my style. Sigh.

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  3. Clever clever clever. I think I have way too much stuff to live in a place like this but this is definitely an artistic pad

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    1. I have way too much stuff as well and my clutter would take over the space after living in in it...

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  4. I love the walls and everything else, maybe with the exception of the bathroom but I can't tell. I LOVE the bookcase and desk.

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    1. It's a little bit different to have an open bathroom in the bedroom but at least the toilet is in a separate room ;)

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  5. Oh this house feels much warmer to me than the other one for some reason. I wonder why. Maybe those awesome brick walls. I LOVE those. I love the office space and I'm totally digging the chartreuse. My mom's favorite color. She'd be all over that!

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    1. Yes, the brick really makes this space, it definitely adds warmth to the otherwise modern space.

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  6. I love the shower and the toilet is fun, especially the tile is cool. I'm not a big fan of the brick wall, it looks dirty. Like the office nook, but truly feel discussed about the old wallpaper.

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    1. The tile is super cool. From what I understand they also used it for subway stations because the bubbles deter people from spraying graffiti on them...

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  7. The walls are great! I like the whole apartment...to look at. To live in? Probably not that much. Well, let's put it this way: not with the furniture. I like the concept of the sofa but it has something un-cozy. The workspace and the kitchen are great...

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    1. I could live in that place by myself but with two persons maybe not...

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  8. This is so beautiful, I like that they can move the furniture in the living room area around.
    http://www.africanprintinfashion.com/

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    1. Yes, the movable sofa is a great idea!

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  9. Wow, I love the bed in this loft. The magazines are such a cool/ interesting touch! Thanks for sharing!

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  10. I love this space as a blank canvas, but if it were mine I would fill it up with 'stuff' a bit more.

    Thanks for your comment, I would love to learn to upholster...and I would love to find a Saarinen chair on the side of the street too!

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    1. I would definitely add more 'stuff' as well!

      If you check back I will share my upholstery adventure on the blog...

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  11. Gorgeous! Love the photography as well. I would absolutely live there (just not sure where I could hide all my "stuff"!)

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  12. Where was I? How did I miss this post?? The living room may be "too clean" for me as you said. But I do love the pop of yellow green, the exposed walls and the bed is genius.

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