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“Dueling sectionals and a huge glass coffee table contribute to the light, bright look of the main living space,” says Riker. All three pieces were custom made and designed by jamesthomas. (The coffee table was made by Gentner Fabrication). "You're drawn to the outside because the windows are so immense, so we chose a calm, neutral color palette that doesn't distract from the views," Riker explains. The timber loft building was once used for commercial purposes, and the designers left the original duct work and Douglas fir ceiling. Oak floors were finished with a gray wash.
The double-sided fireplace was an existing element, and the designers refaced it in a rough tile to give it more of a chimney feel. And once again emphasizing the ceiling height, they added a storage divider. The living room side conceals a TV, while the dining room cabinets hold plates and glasses.
The square dining table belonged to the owners, and Riker says it worked great in the space. He had the chairs recovered and added an oversized round Ochre chandelier to ground the space. "The living room has some big pieces of furniture, so we wanted this to be a very sparse room and didn't want to clutter it up with a rug."
The library next to the dining area had been a separate room in the old floor plan. After removing the walls, a 42-inch-high built-in was added that the couple uses for buffet service during dinner parties.
The colors in the master bedroom are a bit richer than in the rest of the apartment — more slate blue and gray, less taupe and tan. "It's not a huge room, so we kept it very clean," says Riker. The mohair chaise longue is "so luxurious and comfortable, and it's become a favorite reading nook for the owners."
The terrace seating area has a firepit, and with no neighbors nearby, the views are open to the north, east, and south. The birch tree branches are a reference back to the wallpaper in the adjoining terrace room (not shown). They "add some fun," Riker says. "You're surrounded by lots of concrete and buildings, so it's kind of nice to feel like you're in a bird's nest or a forest." The decking is an all-weather composite material.
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