NYT: Asian Antiquities in a Chelsea Loft

NYT: Asian Antiquities in a Chelsea Loft

Aaron Able
Dec 6, 2007

The extravagant Chelsea loft of Thomas Hays and Marlene Wallace highlights the travels and bank account of investment-banker-turned-designer Mr. Hays. The furnishings are a melting pot of exotic locales: Thailand, China, India, Morocco, Italy, Afghanistan, France, Spain, and Tibet. Specializing in antiquities, the designer is open about the costs of his possessions and Kings' Riches in a Chelsea Domain offers a glimpse into a bizarre home where the furnishings seem to out-value the 2,800-square-foot apartment...

Although it's a loft space, after extensive renovation it's very odd to see exposed pipes above a carpet allegedly from the Forbidden City, no? While the apartment is not our style, the roof deck is amazing (last pic) and the integration of large-scale plants and trees is nice to see when one has access to skylights and 20' ceilings.

(Pics: Bruce Buck)

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