"When it came to finding a place for myself, I knew I wanted something distinctly New York, and it's hard to find something more New York than SoHo's cobblestone streets and cast-iron façades," wrote Marc Fichera, the Marketing Director for a top residential real estate team. "The oversized windows and neat view overlooking the historic buildings across the street really sold me on the space.
Name: Marc Fichera
Location: SoHo — New York City
Size: 999 square feet
Years live in: 1 year, owned
Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: I wanted to make the artwork and photography I've accumulated over the years an integral part of the apartment — not only because I love collecting art and am an artist by hobby myself, but also as a homage to the artistic roots of the neighborhood and building.
Built in 1877 and originally a silk-industry showroom, the space has really great architectural features: 10-foot high ceilings, oversized four-pane windows, Siberian white oak floors, exposed radiators and these big timber columns.
I tried to choose art and photography that was representative of New York City. The Slim Aaron photograph above the dining table depicts a roadside picnic against a 1952 New York skyline, Peter Tunney (whose "Forever Young" hangs above the living room) has his studio right in TriBeCa, and the Tom Bianchi polaroid print was taken in Fire Island.
In regards to the furnishings, I wanted everything to be comfortable, feel inviting and not be too "mod." In my last place, I had a stiff mid-century sofa that, while beautiful, felt like it belonged more in a doctor's office than a home — this distressed leather sectional I found is the best spot to stretch out after a long day. Similarly, you just sink into that Egg Chair.
The light fixture by Gabriel Scott is the centerpiece of the space and really a piece of art in itself. Below the fixture is my dining room table; it's massive and fits eight, which is pretty rare for a one-bedroom space. I've been told it's too big, but it's really the perfect size for entertaining. And I love its defined wood grain. I think it's important to ground modern spaces with organic materials like wood — it keeps the space from being too cold or sterile.
Any advice for creating a home you love? Curate a space that is emblematic of you. Just like wearing a shirt that doesn't fit right, or a hair style you're not entirely confident in, if you lack an authentic connection to your space, anyone who visits will sense that disconnect. And you'll also feel like a fish out of water in your own home. Surround yourself with things that you love and things that you use. Your perfect home should be a true reflection of yourself.
What is your favorite room and why? I love my bedroom. Everyone was advising me not to paint the walls dark, but the deep blue walls (Benjamin Moore's Polo Blue) really transformed the space into this atmospheric bedroom I envisioned. The focal point is the custom upholstered headboard (Ralph Lauren Home's "Twin Lakes" fabric), inspired by the big, upholstered headboards at the nearby Crosby Hotel. And on either side of the headboard are these moody portraits by Cuban photographer José Picayo. I've spent a lot of lazy Sunday's not leaving this bedroom.
If you could magically change something about your home, what would it be? Hard to say, but the one challenge of the space is that the bedroom and bathroom aren't connected; in these older loft buildings, the plumbing stacks are often all in the center of the building and away from the windows (and light!) If I were ever to do a larger scale renovation, moving or adding another bath would be the first thing I would look into.
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