Matt, Ryan, and Mason know that they have one of those mythical New York City living situations — a cavernous raw space with an equally expansive outdoor component!
An industrious team, upon getting the space Matt and Ryan immediately hauled in thousands of pounds of lumber and custom built bedrooms and dividers so that the loft would serve the needs of all those involved.
When openings arise, the founding members make sure that a potential roommate's aesthetic and collections work well within the existing style of the space. While the loft may seem crammed with stuff, these guys are discerning. Not any artifact or salvaged desk will do. They have standards and know what they like. It's a controlled chaos.
Ryan is a prolific painter who paints at a very large scale. His pieces come and go as they are sold or return from gallery shows, but they all fit well on the loft's huge walls. Their bright colors and collage tenor are no doubt a heavy influence on the loft's visual vibe. If you look closely, however, there are many wonderful smaller elements that add a richness to the decor and that each come with their own story.
Matt, a photographer and film maker, is also an accomplished chef. Great food comes out of their home-made kitchen and great meals are eaten at their home-made scavenged dining room table!
The place is kept really tidy and organized. It is both a residence and a work space but above all, these guys have transformed it into a much loved and protected home.
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Style: Homemade, artifacts.
Inspiration: Living above a gilder's workshop and being reminded of
quality, old world craftsmanship every time we walk in the door.
Favorite Element: The dining room table that was built from reclaimed
scaffolding wood found on the streets of Greenpoint. We re-ﬁnished it this past summer and it's a table around which we and our friends have shared many good meals and late nights.
Biggest Challenge: We've been in this space for 4 years; we've had the luxury of living with great people and friends, and it's important to maintain a good dynamic and keep it in the family.
What Friends Say: "Why is it so cold in here?"
Biggest Embarrassment: The new Styrofoam-Bauhaus apartment complex that has blocked our previously unobstructed view of midtown Manhattan.
Proudest DIY: Using 3,700 pounds of lumber to transform a raw, open
area into a functional home and workspace.
Biggest Indulgence: The deer sniper stand: it has entirely no purpose aside from offering a different vantage point.
Best Advice: Build things yourself and live around elements of which you are proud and that tell a story.
Dream Source: Cowood Gilders, From The Source, Uline, Heavy Lumber, Obscura, Bass Pro Shops, Evolution, Polam, TheCroweCompany.com, Pearl
Aside from a very few exceptions, most everything in this space has been
built, inherited, gathered or found.
Check our Matt's non-profit, Just 1 Percent which allocates a percentage of restaurant tabs toward worthy causes.
Images: Jill Slater
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