Good Questions: Decorating Tips for New Loft Lease

Hi, I recently signed a lease on a new apartment and I’m looking for redecorating ideas, in particular for the dining area opposite the kitchen and for the office/work area of the room. The apartment is a floor-through loft and the furnishings in the pictures belong to the old tenants (I haven’t moved in yet). I would like to preserve the sense of spaciousness the old tenants have now by limiting heavy/bulky furniture, but need something to fill the space…

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I am thinking of putting a rectangular table where they have the round Saarinen table now (which looks lonely in that big window), maybe the 65” Big Sur table from Crate & Barrel or a similar bigger hardwood barnyard style table. If the diameter of the window is ~110 inches, what is the longest table I can go with, without crowding the space? My chairs are four white Panton chairs and two clear Louis Ghost chairs to cap the table on both sides. I could also use ideas to replace the white ceiling lamp in the dining area with something more industrial?

In the opposite window, where a white couch currently stands, I’d like to set up an office area and would like recommendations for a desk + chair solution that are modern but don’t create a sterile look, as well as shelving for the wall to the right of the white couch that’s not too bulky (Vitsoe? other suggestions?). The only other furniture I have for the room is a grey Cuba sleeper sofa from Cappellini (to replace the green sofa), clear coffee table and clear tv stand from CB2 for the wall opposite the sofa, and a white rocking Eames chair covered with a sheepskin rug that doubles as a cat bed. Is it worth the money to get an ivory Eames lounge chair or another nice chair to fill the living area? I would like to preserve the sense of spaciousness the old tenants have now by limiting heavy/bulky furniture, but need something to fill the space…

Thank you! Marina

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