This long and narrow Chelsea apartment, with perfectly framed views of the Empire State Building to the north and rooftop water towers to the south, was originally a shop floor in a 19th century button factory. Seeking to maintain the original industrial quality of this extraordinary space while transforming it into a residence, we exposed and restored its brick walls and vaulted ceilings and preserved a single space along which living, dining, kitchen, and master bedroom are organized. Adjacent to this primary space, we located the secondary, more private functions of guest room, study, bath, and storage. Custom-designed furniture, fabrics, and casework reinforce the linearity of the entire compositioncreating an indoor scene as vibrant as the city streets outside.
The Barbur Loft was featured in the March 2000 issue of Interiors.