18 Heavenly Loft Spaces

Living in a loft is for those who admire industrial authenticity, rugged details and wide-open interiors.

18 Heavenly Loft Spaces
Venice loft by Alexander Design

This penthouse loft tops a four-story building in Venice, California, that previously housed the Broad Foundation’s art collection. Vanessa Alexander of Alexander Design restored the residence, exposing the zinc windows covered by drywall and other industrial elements. “We sought to reveal the story and soul of the building but also create a luxurious live-work space,” says Alexander, who designed many of the pieces in the refurbished home. Photo by Shade Degges

loft bathroom by Alexander Design

Throughout the apartment, Alexander opted for a masculine palette of black and gray that references the concrete floors and window panes. This is most apparent in the master bath, outfitted with a stone tub (“it has a refined yet elemental feel”) and a concrete trough sink set atop a bronze base (“with a beautiful patina”), a custom creation by Alexander. “We designed the master bath with a balance of hard and soft elements and both modern and hearty organic materials,” she says. Photo by Shade Degges

Williamsburg loft by Elizabeth Roberts

Once a factory, this 3,500-square-foot space in Brooklyn had the structural bareness that made it ideal for the live-work home of a creative couple. The clients enlisted Josh Lekwa of Elizabeth Roberts Architecture & Design, who opened up the rooms but “left the patina on the existing ceiling,” keeping the timber subfloor and beams untreated. He then “contrasted it with white-oak floors,” creating a blank-canvas backdrop for the homeowners’ eclectic mix of design pieces. Photo by Dustin Askland

loft kitchen by Elizabeth Roberts

Lekwa needed to design a seamless flow of workspaces in the same loft for the couple, a sculptor and a chef/food writer who often hosts TV productions and events. To maintain the airy appeal of the home, he carved out a flexible office nook separated by 10-by-15-foot sliding partitions and outfitted it with built-ins. “The shelves here are reclaimed joists sourced locally,” says Lekwa, who transformed the remaining half of the home into a sculpting studio. Photo by Dustin Askland

Alana Varel loft

Take a peek inside tastemaker Alana Varel’s New York City loft, and there’s no mistaking her love of vintage furniture — which lend an eclectic elegance to the cavernous, columned space. “I’ll buy from anyone as long as I like an item,” she’s told us. That collector spirit is exemplified in her distinctive mix, ranging from an Italian sputnik chandelier and a Luigi Saccardo dining table to a white-leather chair by Michel Ducaroy and a René Gabriel wool lounge chair, which she sells at This Place. Photo by Manuel Rodriguez

Crowning a four-story loft in Los Angeles’s Arts District, this bedroom by designer Micah Unheim captures his balanced approach to clean-lined, comfortable contemporary spaces. “It was truly about creating a cozy setting upstairs that was still honest to what the home is,” he says of the mix that includes 1960s plywood chairs, an antique Khotan rug, a mid-century French console and an Hermès throw. The color-charged artwork is the client’s, an art-world heiress. “We call it the happy painting,” says Unheim. Photo by Robert Ransom

study by Robert Couturier

Classic sophistication reigns in A-list decorator Robert Couturier’s soigné home office in New York’s Soho, outfitted with venerable antiques, such as a 1950s faux-zebra sofa, Louis XV bergères, English armchairs in Clarence House linen and an Ernest Boiceau rug. The ensemble is emblematic of Couturier’s gimlet eye for statement-making designs that enrich even the sparest of spaces. A portrait by the English painter Richard Cosway hangs between tortoiseshell mirrors. Photo by William Abranowicz

loft by Michael Haverland

Architect Michael Haverland faced a formidable setting when renovating this Manhattan duplex atop the city’s oldest concrete structure, formerly the studio of artist Joel Shapiro. He juxtaposed the loft’s industrial bones — exposed concrete, steel pipes — with contemporary designs that included a dining table by BDDW and 1950s Giò Ponti chairs. “The luscious walnut and light oak create a balance of authenticity with clean, modern styles,” he says. In the corner is a Vladimir Kagan Cloud sofa from R.E. Steele. Photo by Evan Joseph

loft bathroom by Michael Haverland

“The second floor of the penthouse duplex was built new on top of the original structure,” says Haverland, who designed a streamlined master bath upstairs in the same loft. Millwork by BDDW and a cast-iron bathtub encased within a concrete surround “relates to the material palette of the raw surfaces on the lower level,” he says. The bluestone floor tiles, which extend out to the rooftop terrace, establish a similar overarching material focus for the upper level. Photo by Evan Joseph

loft by Ashe + Leandro

With pristine white-painted brick walls as a backdrop, this New York loft by Ashe + Leandro became the perfect showcase for seriously stylish designs with sleek silhouettes and modern lines. Hans Wegner’s Papa Bear chair and a Serge Mouille sconce lamp add sculptural intrigue in the living area while Eero Saarinen chairs and a custom table bring clean-lined focus to the dining area. Photo by Miha Matei

Designer Jeff Andrews had a clear vision for a loft overlooking Los Angeles’s downtown skyline. “The view became the artwork and the interiors had to make sense for function as well as drama,” says Andrews. A dining table made from vintage parts, chairs from Donghia, and sculptural light fixtures provided just the right degree of flair. “I chose a mix of modern, custom and vintage pieces that give the loft personality but don’t compete with the views,” he says. Photo by Grey Crawford

loft living room by Tamara Eaton

For a young family’s New York loft, designer Tamara Eaton’s main goal was to warm up the architectural details. “I loved the exposed brick and industrial doors and wanted to bring a clean and soft layering through the furnishings and accessories,” says Eaton, who pulled in designs big on comfort and style, such as a B&B Italia sectional, a massive shag rug and a Harry Bertoia chair. Photo by Frank Odeman

loft by Drew McGukin

Drew McGukin says that his client’s directive for this loft was “rustic modern with a slight industrial vibe.” To see it realized, McGukin transformed the sprawling New York City space with custom upholstery (sofa, leather club chair) and vintage finds (benches, console). He also included distinctive designs that add unexpected color, texture and glimmer, such as the overdyed rug and standout light fixtures by Apparatus. “What really makes this space special is the careful mix of patterns, color and materials,” he says. Photo by Brett Beyer

loft bedroom by Drew McGukin

McGukin continued the warm modern vibe in the bedroom, for which he custom designed a channel-tufted upholstered bed and a walnut bench. “We really wanted the room to wrap around you and went for something warm, peaceful and handsome,” he says. Photo by Brett Beyer

Antwerp loft by Vincent Van Duysen

Belgian designer Vincent Van Duysen has described his aesthetic to us as “warm minimalism.” It’s a term that’s aptly fitting of his interiors, which usually consist of a neutral palette and exude a powerful simplicity that conveys a deep sense of comfort and calm. This soulful sensibility permeates this vacation home, a loft escape he created in Antwerp’s Graanmarkt 13, where Thonet chairs blend seamlessly with a table he designed, and a Tommaso Cimini floor lamp quietly complements a slipcovered chair. Photo by Frederik Vercruysse

loft living room by DHD Architecture & Interior Design

“We always add a lot of texture to our interiors, whether it’s wood paneling or stone walls to bring that sense of warmth and complexity that gives the home permanence,” DHD Architecture & Design’s David Howell says of this light-filled home in New York’s Gramercy neighborhood. To emphasize comfort, the firm’s designer Steffani Aarons mixed in sumptuous vintage designs, such as a wingback by Jens Risom and Milo Baughman chairs, alongside a travertine-sheathed, wood-burning fireplace. The raft chaise is by David Trubridge. Photo by Emily Andrews

loft by Alexandra Loew

“The vision was to give the clients’ extensive and ever-growing art collection a cohesive backdrop,” says Alexandra Loew of this entry hall in a downtown New York loft, which she transformed with her signature refined flair. “The intricate picture-hanging and display systems were inspired by Sir John Soane’s own home at Lincoln’s Inn Fields in London,” she says, describing the copper plumbing and steel chains used to showcase the homeowners’ pochoirs, gouaches and paintings. Photo by William Waldron

loft bedroom by Alexandra Loew

Loew’s curatorial polish carries through into the loft’s bedroom, equally arrayed with worldly treasures — architectural prints and drawings, dinanderie, vintage books, French pottery — that reflect the homeowners’ studied and eclectic aesthetic. The crewel bedspread, found in a thrift shop, contributes to the overall collected ambiance of the room. Photo by William Waldron

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