Union Square Loft
Architects & Firms
New York City
For the renovation of a loft in a landmarked building in the Union Square neighborhood of Manhattan, the New York City design/build firm Studiodb devised a series of bookshelves and sliding doors that allowed for an expansive layout, with the flexibility to create private spaces when needed. The owner, a native New Yorker, bought the apartment as a primary residence but divides his time between his hometown and Washington, D.C.
The client wanted the kitchen to be open to the living space, with a larger than usual island where visitors could gather while he is entertaining. At his request, the designers inserted a large pantry and prep area next to the kitchen, which allows it to remain clean and uncluttered. A custom blackened-steel sliding door with a perforated mesh screen closes off the ancillary area from the main space. When open, the pantry is “almost like a grand piece of furniture,” says Studiodb partner Damian Zunino.
The kitchen cabinets, made with reclaimed teak, echo the warmth of the loft's existing wood columns and central beam. The designers played with various materials: The countertops are cast-in-place concrete with blackened-steel side panels and surrounds, and the backsplash is made from vintage slate chalkboards. The unusual kitchen exhaust hood is a repurposed industrial dust collector. “Although it is large and seems like it might be noisy, it is really quiet,” says the client.
A relatively tight budget led to creative solutions, such as buying a Viking oven from Green Demolitions, a not-for-profit organization that sells overstocked or landfill-bound luxury items. According to Studiodb partner Britt Zunino, “If you are flexible, you can get a great product at a great price.”
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Paints and stains: walls are painted Benjamin Moore Decorator's White; Teak cabinetry finished with AFM Naturals Clear Penetrating Oil
Solid surfacing: Kitchen countertops are polished concrete by Get Real Surfaces; pantry countertops are PaperStone in slate.
Special surfacing: Side panels of kitchen island and sink cutout are blackened steel fabricated and installed by Argosy Designs, 718-596-6154.
Floor and wall tile: Kitchen backsplash is reclaimed slate from vintage chalkboards
Resilient flooring: Epoxy coating by Hudson Concrete Flooring Company
Task lighting: Atlas Wall Light by Tango Lighting
Dimming System or other lighting controls: Lutron Radio RA2 & Lutron Maestro
Sinks: Kitchen Sink: Ticor SS3510, Master bathroom sink is a custom concrete sink by Get Real Surfaces
Faucets: Kitchen Faucet: Gessi Oxygene High Tech; Master bathroom faucets are Rohl Modern
Tub: Zuma C Series
Dishwasher: Fisher & Paykel DD24DHTI6 with custom panels
Stovetop: Bertazzoni P34500X
Oven: Viking DESO105-BK (repurposed from Green Demolitions)
Other appliances: Kitchen exhaust hood is Stainless Steel Fume Arm from Avani Environmental
The cantilevered break form steel staircase and suspended library catwalk were fabricated and installed by Argosy Designs, 718-596-6154.