In an all-loft building in the Union Square area of Manhattan, designer Ryan Korban was tasked with making a wide-open, cold space feel like a home. Luckily, the client—a professional skateboarder—had a compelling art collection that became the jumping-off point for the home’s design. “The client had a ton of his own exciting artwork, which really dictated what the space should look like,” Korban says.
Combining luxurious elements, vintage furnishings, and the aforementioned electric street-chic art collection, Korban crafted a sophisticated space that perfectly balances two contrasting aesthetics to create a wholly original home.
“My client has very distinct taste and I loved that,” the designer tells us. “It pushed me to think of new ways to interpret their specific look.”
“The inspiration for the space was really about marrying something super street and something super refined,” Korban says. “How do you make luxurious elements not only feel unprecious, but also masculine?” Strong materials, a neutral colour palette, and smart seating arrangements enable a wide-open space to feel not only luxurious, but comfortable.
The wide-open floor plan of the loft enables the client to use the space for a variety of purposes. “It had to function as a home, as an artist’s studio, as an office space, as an entertaining space, and more,” the designer says.
With such a bold art collection, the designer had to consider how to balance the lines of the loft’s furniture pieces with the art’s subject matter. “The furnishings had to complement the art and not fight against it,” Korban says. “That can be a very difficult thing.”
A mainly monochromatic palette and neutral colours enable the vibrant colours of the client’s artwork to be the focal point, while a variety of materials and textures prevent the furnishings from being boring. “The artwork really dictated the furnishings,” Korban says. “The pieces within the seating areas had to be interesting enough to hold their own, but at the same time could not be too loud.”
“We wanted a luxurious, sexy, modern, and youthful look for the home,” Korban tells us. Rich fur throws and rugs and zebra accents make the space feel glamorous and luxe while simultaneously helping to add a feeling of warmth to the vastly open space.
As far as decorating a loft, the designer tells us his two must-haves. “Interesting floor plans and great art,” Korban shares. “If you have those two things down, the space will be successful.”
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