Abelow Sherman Architects LLC
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Abelow Sherman Architects LLC

SIEGEL SWANSEA LOFT Flatiron District, New York Partner-in-Charge: David Sherman Contractor: Massartre Ltd. Photographer: Michael Moran Completed: 1997 Project Team: Marcus Donaghy PUBLICATIONS: Minimalist Lofts, LOFT Publications, March 2001 Working at Home: Living Working Spaces, December 2000 Interior Design, March 1999 Oculus, March 1999 The writer/critic Joel Siegel and his wife, the painter Ena Swansea, purchased this space with the intention of making a unified living loft and art studio, by integrating the various aesthetic impulses that would normally separate the two programs. The principal desire was to maintain the early twentieth-century character of the shell, with its vaulted ceilings, plaster walls, and industrial details. This character was enhanced by utilizing a similar palette of materials and products to restore the envelope and to upgrade it visibly with exposed piping, electrical conduit, light fixtures and devices. Within the space, an entirely new kit-of-parts was deployed, featuring an attitude towards detail that is both primitive and very precise. The painting studio is located on the north side, taking advantage of the landmarked windows onto 17th Street. It is open to the living space with the southern exposure, but a large Media Room resides between them in the center of the loft. This is the office and entertainment center for Mr. Siegel, containing a state-of-the-art audio/visual system, and creates an acoustically- and visually- private domain. The original wood floor is preserved in this room only, heightening the sense of an island within the loft. The remainder of the loft?s floor has been covered with a completely uniform and level epoxy/urethane finish. Along with the partitions, which are covered in joint compound in lieu of paint, a three-dimensional abstract gray field is established as a background for the owner?s artwork.

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Grey in any room often creates a sense of peaceful formality. If you want to have a living space that reminds you a bit of a museum then grey can be a good choice. Mix it with white and keep the furnishings sparse to pull off this look.
Yes! Minimalism at its best: tons of natural light, organic pattern (veining in marble), furniture with clean lines and white everywhere. While it's not the best place to serve red wine or birthday parties for 5-year-olds, it's super tranquil and totally high-end.

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November 13, 2014
Need this exact shade of couch
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August 7, 2014
Is this clean or sterile looking?
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February 10, 2014
make a big (!!) marble inspired painting yourself
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October 22, 2013
cool rooms
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Cool Art Work
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Light colored canvas art w/hint of grey on white walls.
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I like the artwork
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Shiny white floor
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Grey theme
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the coulours
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Pic on wall
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Marble wall
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Love the Big Wall Piece
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Ver los tubos blancos en el techo con las lamparas
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Feature wall
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successfully combined nuetrals
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colors and materials
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sofa cinza
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sofa colour
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Gray black white
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imagine colorful artwork with the neutral sofa & 2 black chairs
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nice sofa
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grey and black furniture
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the color white
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October 10, 2010
I am adding this to my white rooms ideabook. Lately I've discovered the combo of white with shades of grey with maybe black. This room is a great example. I may e-mail it to a client.
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i like the couch
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white and neutrals
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Coffee table
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June 24, 2010
Amazing use of space
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arty feel
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June 20, 2010
Dream space. white everything
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Medium Gray
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The couchh
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September 6, 2009
This space does a great job blending classic elements - love those pillars! - with a modern aesthetic. Here, multiple tones of gray are cool and modern, but don't feel out of place with the space's traditional bones.
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sitting room in white/grey
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the emptiness
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