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Strate­gi­cally placed fo­liage turns this min­i­mal ware­house apart­ment in New York into a stylish in­ner-city sanc­tum

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Strate­gi­cally placed fo­liage turns this min­i­mal, ware­house apart­ment in New York into a stylish in­ner-city sanc­tum

Stop­ping a toned-down palette from seem­ing cold was the main con­cern for Al­sún Keogh. Com­mis­sioned to ren­o­vate this for­mer Tif­fany & Co sil­ver fac­tory in New York’s Soho district by Al­bert Ma­theny IV, a fit­ness en­tre­pre­neur with a pas­sion for Scan­di­na­vian min­i­mal­ism, Al­sún found the so­lu­tion in fo­liage. To an­chor the green, nat­u­ral theme, she cre­ated a ‘mock win­dow’ – a large plant frame, which was made out of old win­dow frames sal­vaged from St Pa­trick’s Cathe­dral, just down the road. As for the plants, Al­sún had a sim­ple guide­line: ‘ What re­quires min­i­mal main­te­nance?’ Peace lilies, ferns and spi­der plants all ful­filled this brief.

As well as the pops of green­ery, the colour black runs through­out the two-bed­room loft, from the painted steel win­dow frames to the in­ter­nal doors, din­ing chairs and bath­room fit­tings. ‘ When the main colour palette is very pale, black is the per­fect ac­cent to tie things down,’ ex­plains Al­sún. The kitchen is de­lib­er­ately darker than the rest of the liv­ing ar­eas since it’s the fo­cal point of this home.

Al­sún has also hon­oured the apart­ment’s in­dus­trial roots ( her ar­chi­tec­tural spe­cial­ity is his­toric preser­va­tion) with a lib­eral use of dis­tressed metal. Steel slid­ing doors, cop­per lights and a bras­sal­loy kitchen are paired with fac­tory-style white­washed brick­work and orig­i­nal ceil­ing beams. ‘I’m not try­ing to mask the build­ing’s past, but em­brace it,’ Al­sún ex­plains. How­ever, she adds, in such a min­i­mal set­ting, light­ing is key: ‘All the lights have an am­ber ac­cent to give them a warm, cosy glow.’


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