The ultimate exterior element used inside this loft is in the powder room. It is a reclaimed architectural copper piece, salvaged from a building in upstate New York. Kim had extra copper pieces fabricated to extend the copper over the entire wall. "Because the mirror is at the scale of architecture and is of the scale of an old window opening, you really get the feeling like you're looking into another room when you stand in front of it," Kim says. More reclaimed wood forms a simple countertop and the mirror was centered at eye level. More: See More Modern NYC LoftsHouzz Tour: When an Architect Designs for HimselfHouzz Tour: A Sleek San Francisco Getaway5 Extraordinary Lofts Across the Country
Tip: When designing for a large, open space, consider scale and history. A copper window from a building facade now serves as a unique, patinated mirror in the powder room and holds its own within the large proportions of the loft.
This vanity is just spectacular, with the architectural copper surround for the mirror, which entirely covers the wall. The green color is the natural patina on the copper, not a faux finish. The simple wall-to-wall slab of wood as the counter complements the bold scale of the design. The next time you stop in an architectural salvage store, think about how large-scale pieces might be incorporated into a bathroom vanity area.