A Dreamy Loft Grows in Brooklyn
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Name: Victoria Bartlett, designer and stylist
Location: Bedford-Stuyvesant — Brooklyn, New York
Size: 1200 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year
When I first spotted Victoria Bartlett‘s Brooklyn loft in a posting on Dezeen, I knew that it was a very beautiful space—and that I wanted to photograph it for Apartment Therapy. But I still wasn’t prepared for what I saw when I arrived. Architecture can create a lovely and intriguing space, and this renovated loft, a creation of New York design studio New Affiliates, looks gorgeous even when styled with minimal furniture. But the addition of Victoria’s collection of vintage furniture, antiques, and plants took this already lovely space to another level. It feels at once stylish and welcoming, bright and modern and yet warm and comforting—the perfect marriage of design sensibilities.
The architects opted for unfinished materials like raw plywood and mesh panels to retain the rustic feel of the converted loft. Two large columns, which were original to the apartment, become a feature of the space, defining the edge of a new loft space that contains a bedroom, closet, and dressing area. Underneath is a study, tucked away behind the unit’s kitchen. The original loft space was only 750 square feet, but the renovated space feels much larger, cozy and soaring by turns, impressive and enveloping and everything in between, just when you need it.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Modern eclecticism.
Inspiration: Raw, mid-century, wilderness.
Favorite Element: The kitchen countertop engulfing the behemoth factory column.
Biggest Challenge: Creating a sense of a large, livable space within a small loft.
What Friends Say: It’s a unique blend of elements both modern and old, that gives off a sense of warmth and worldliness.
Biggest Embarrassment: The front door.
Proudest DIY: Cat scratching post out of a log and string.
Biggest Indulgence: Sunbathing on the floor in the southwestern light.
Best Advice: Follow your own instinct.
Dream Sources: Flea markets, Moss, Noguchi, markets in other countries.
Small mid-century desk with white top and single drawer against wooden wall — by Arthur Umanoff
Mahogany veneer mirror — from my parents’ house; not sure of era, maybe Georgian
Vertebrae — from a medical catalogue
’60s triennale Atomic Orbiter chrome floor lamp — by Robert Sonneman from flea market years ago
Mid-century dark wooden desk — from a flea market
Black sconce on wall between windows — by Pierre Guarish
Bookshelves — by Vitsoe, bought from Moss. It is now closed but was my favorite store to shop.
Bone wool couch ’50s modern — from Vintage Thrift on 3rd ave, another favorite spot.
Old wood table with plants —from the vintage fair Madison/Boukiville
Mid-century bench — bought from flea market and reupholstered
Blond wood dining table — Paul Cobb
Large end chairs — Arthur Umanoff
George III mahogany commode (by the kitchen cabinets) — I removed the door and the handle, it’s from my parents’ house
Artwork collection from different artists
Chrome mid-century lamp over dining table — Spazzio 900 in Milan
Glass globe vase on table — from Moss, now closed.
Caesarstone white countertop
Stainless water system — from theberkey.com
Wood bed — commissioned from designer Nathaniel Wojtalik
’60s triennale Atomic Orbiter chrome floor lamp — by Robert Sonneman, from flea market years ago
Dresser by Paul Cobb — from R Limited
Hand-painted cross — from Guatemala
Antique glass wood low table — from vintage fair Madison/Boukeville
Selection of art work by various artists
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