HID­DEN TAL­ENTS

A cre­ative power cou­ple trade California’s open­ness for a more com­pact life in New York, turn­ing their Tribeca loft into a mul­ti­ple-pur­pose liv­ing space and oc­ca­sional client show­case.

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NATALIE SHIRINIAN AND EL­IZ­A­BETH Bau­douin moved from Los An­ge­les to New York in 2015 and knew how they wanted to merge their home life with that of their de­sign tal­ent man­age­ment com­pany, NES Cre­ative. “We wanted to do some­thing in­ter­est­ing in a loft space that com­bined the an­tique and vin­tage finds we’d picked up on our trav­els and also fea­tured pieces from the client ros­ter we rep­re­sent,” says Shirinian. She founded the com­pany, which man­ages top global tal­ent in art, de­sign and cul­ture, in 2010. “Ba­si­cally, we wanted a white box like a blank can­vas space, where we could hold pop-ups and one-day ex­hi­bi­tions and show our clients’ works in a liv­ing environment.” When a space be­came avail­able in down­town Tribeca, the cou­ple didn’t even need to set foot in­side to sign on the dot­ted line. “The real estate agent sent us a video and we were like, ‘Yes, this is it!’” says Bau­douin. They de­scribe the loft as a series of “mul­tiuse vi­gnettes”. The din­ing area also serves as a workspace and a place to host friends, a back lounge area works as a read­ing room and an open kitchen and liv­ing area is ideal for pop-ups. “That’s what you have to do in New York — it’s all about how you get the most bang for your buck,” says Bau­douin. It all feels warm and wel­com­ing, an achieve­ment fur­ther em­pha­sised by the use of dark, moody colours and deep, com­fort­able so­fas. “Cre­at­ing a cave-like mo­ment helps be­cause you can be in­su­lar in the space,” says Shirinian. Then there are the pieces from clients, such as artist Yolande Bat­teau’s cus­tom hand-painted wall­cov­er­ings and stun­ning, branch­like light­ing made by famed New York de­sign duo Gabriel Hen­di­far and Jeremy An­der­son of Ap­pa­ra­tus Stu­dio, close pals of the cou­ple. Else­where are pieces picked up on trips to favourite cities, such as Los An­ge­les, San Fran­cisco and Mi­lan. Shirinian favours a pair of 19th-cen­tury por­traits of a wife and hus­band sourced from an an­tiques dealer in LA. “I bought the hus­band first and went back for the wife the next day be­cause I thought he was lonely with­out her,” she says with a laugh. Bau­douin loves the de­tailed Kelly Lamb ta­ble tak­ing pride of place be­neath Shirinian’s beloved por­traits. “A lot of magic hap­pens at Kelly Lamb’s ta­ble,” she says. “A bronzed eye is carved into it and I love sa­cred ge­om­e­try. And the fact it sits be­neath Natalie’s ‘ Ma and Pa’ makes sense to me.” The two ad­mit to oc­ca­sion­ally miss­ing the open­ness and scenery of California, but they em­brace the cre­ativ­ity it takes to make an apart­ment per­sonal in a city whose 8.5 mil­lion res­i­dents all but live on top of one an­other. “You need to love your space be­cause the grind of the city is tough,” says Bau­douin. “But what’s great about New York is that you do your best to ex­press your­self in a re­ally con­fined space — and that’s a chal­lenge. If you can do it, it can bring out a lot of cre­ativ­ity.”

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