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Manhattan Loft by Raad Studio

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This 2,000 square-foot Manhattan Loft dates back to the 1860s. The loft had gone through several renovations during the last 150 years. After which in 2014 it built as the home of RAAD founder James Ramsey. The owner of the loft redesigned it himself with his partner Jen Blumin, who contributed ideas. They stripped away the previous interventions, revealing original brickwork. Architects preserved such details as old windows, tin ceilings, and brick walls by the original while adding modern elements: white walls, pale oak floors, and stainless steel appliances. Now this apartment with soaring 11.5-ft ceilings represents an unusual combination Scandinavian style of furniture in a space with industrial character.

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Beyond the welcoming fireplace is a carved walnut storage/stereo cabinet designed by Mr. Ramsey to evoke vintage stereo cabinetry. The 300-bottle wine rack is made out of terracotta drainage pipes, and over the dining table floats a Beluga whale skeleton made from a plaster mold. Instead of floor to ceiling doors, which would have been prohibitively expensive, Ramsey installed dark panels above standard height doors to provide the same effect. In keeping with raad studio’s focus on the materiality, joinery and detail of design, the mill-work is custom; the kitchen counters are black granite, and the island is white marble and walnut.

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