Life on the High Line
Stephen Treffinger -- Interior Design, 11/1/2012 2:00:00 AM
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| Project Name: Duplex loft |
Location: Manhattan, New York
Firm: Shamir Shah Design
Square Feet: 1,800
Glorious though they are, the soaring windows and ceiling needed to be addressed. “I thought it was going to be a challenge in terms of scale but, in the end, it feels well used without being forced,” says the Shamir Shah Design principal. He mounted art up the wall, gallery style, and filled the overhead void with a fixture by David Weeks that extends horizontally and vertically—yet doesn’t overwhelm. Shades filter the frequently intense light, not only protecting artwork and fabrics but also reducing solar gain. (The windows also have an invisible UV coating.)
Throughout, custom rugs in dark solids, some with subtle patterns and textures, are executed in wool, silk, and hide. For the remainder of the neutral palette, Shah chose an earthy scheme, somewhat lighter than is his wont, but one that made sense with the abundant light.
Rather than faux travel souvenirs and decorative flourishes, Shah relied on rich textiles and personalized touches to invoke luxury. In the master suite, the bed frame is wrapped in wool with welting details, the custom headboard and the walls are covered in wool flannel. One of the owners has a large collection of eyewear, so Shah built special compartmented drawers in which to house them. She is also an avid equestrian (a passion shared by the architect), thus several of the works of art are photographs of horses. The owners are so pleased, they’ve made a request on behalf of the most honored member of the household—a bed design for the dog.
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