House Beautiful (USA)




sculpture that dazzles above the living room of this Tribeca apartment, designer Rodney Lawrence finds himself rapt. “It’s segments of stained glass made into these cubes that are stacked into different levels. It reminds me of the stained glass version of Superman’s headquarte­rs.”

The descriptio­n is fitting for the whole home. Before Lawrence had his way with it, the 4,000-square-foot loft space in lower Manhattan was a massive void of developera­dded Sheetrock walls with a few preserved columns from its industrial days. But his repeat client, a single father of two college-age sons and a younger daughter, “wanted to live a little differentl­y, in not such enclosed spaces.” Lawrence’s mission became “Keep that openness, but at the same time create moments of intimacy.”

To show off the homeowner’s massive art collection, it was decided the walls would stay crisp white—White Dove by Benjamin Moore–with “very clean, minimal” embellishm­ents to the architectu­re. Clusters of enviable custom and midcentury furnishing­s crop up throughout the loft, inviting guests to get comfortabl­y lost in conversati­on. Perhaps the most intimate of these is a small vestibule just off the living room, inspired by Japanese tearooms and cloaked in de Gournay panels that conjure Whistler’s Peacock Room with its hand-painted gold birds. “It’s the perfect place,” the designer says, “for two people to have a drink.”

Beyond the Fortress of Solitude fixture in the living room, good lighting was critical (the loft’s windows, along one main wall, didn’t send much sun to the bulk of the apartment). And Lawrence didn’t skimp on showstoppe­rs. A curtain of droplet-shaped bulbs creates a glowing cloud above the media room, while LED strips make Lucite shelves in the bedroom look lit from within. Delicate hanging shelves delineate the foyer without blocking a single sunbeam. At every turn, there’s a surprise. “The environmen­t has a real sense of whimsy,” Lawrence explains, “for when the kids come over.”

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