J&G Design’s client, a young financier bachelor who spends his workweek in Connecticut and his weekends in New York City, has what we call a reverse commute. While some head to the country for their Saturdays, he has made his apartment in Greenwich Village—just one block off Washington Square Park—a weekend retreat and a place to entertain. Designers Jennifer Hunter and Georgie Hambright sought to create a space that served two very different purposes: a space that was “relaxing and cozy for just himself” and one that was also “conducive to entertaining a large group of friends.”
Built in 1920, “the space is a duplex loft boasting an abundance of natural light,” the designers tell us. The unit was originally three bedrooms, but the designers opened up the first floor into one large space and converted the second bedroom upstairs into an office. They also refinished all of the floors, gutted the kitchen, and added a stair railing and built-in fireplace benches while maintaining the integrity of the early 20th-century architecture.
Aesthetically, their client wanted a space that was “masculine, traditional, and eclectic, but keeping with the original industrial envelope.” His favorite color is blue, so the designers used that as the primary color, and pulled accent colors from his vintage rug in the living room (the only existing piece the designers worked with). “We wanted to pay homage to the industrial feel of the building and added in black iron accents seen in the coffee table, railing, bar stools, and dining table legs,” the designers revealed. Together, classic pieces like an English roll-arm sofa, eclectic finds like African juju hats, and rugged items like a blackened-rust coffee table combined to create a space that was “masculine and traditional mixed with a little edge and industrial flair.”
The biggest challenge of this project, the designers tell us, was “the openness of the space.” Not only did they have to design an open floor plan on the first level, they also had to think vertically in the lofted areas. “To solve this challenge, we created multiple seating areas and designed a custom double-height light fixture,” the designers say. “To that end, whether you are on the first floor or on the overpass above, you felt that you were in one space.” Needless to say, it’s one space we’d love to spend the weekend in.
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