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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queene13 added this to queene13's ideas
October 2, 2012
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February 4, 2012
good white cabinets
lauretie added this to lauretie's ideas
December 30, 2011
distance from floor
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November 16, 2011
floor, wall
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October 19, 2011
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Beautiful room design
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February 23, 2011
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February 23, 2011
White floor, walls and ceiling exposed pipes
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February 11, 2011
tall ceiling kitchen
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July 25, 2010
High ceilings and pole
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July 24, 2010
floor and the piller
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August 10, 2009
floor, exposed pipes, column
sohobecky added this to Kitchen
April 19, 2009
I like the lines of this kitchen -- and sprinklers showing and the architectural feature...could we get a column or two just to add a little interest? I would have hung those lights above the island a little higher to be even with the tops of the cabinets. Note sure I would want all open cabinets, but solid surface does not given openness you get with glass.
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