Founded in 1995, DHD Architecture Design (short for David Howell Design), has been cranking out their greatest hits in the New York and New Zealand areas: featured is their renovation of one of the Cobblestone Lofts on Laight Road on the northern end of TriBeCa. David Howell describes his design esthetic as modern and naturalistic, and I would like to add contemporary to the list, because what he and his team did with this former warehouse space is creative and spectacular.
What we love about staging is the lure it brings to any area in the home. By keeping it simple, guests feel invited deeper into the loft as a participant rather than an onlooker. Functioning much like an introduction, the elements placed at the entry informs the habitué of what he or she should expect to partake in as they round the bend.
White is a hard scheme to pull off, but when executed properly it can be a breathtaking experience. Needless to say, DHD Architecture Design has successfully pulled it off. The complementary layout and juxtaposition of black and white allows for the thrust of apricot orange in the underside of the light fixture which is the centerpiece of the galley. The openness of the design allows for beaming natural rays to rain on every section of this urban oasis.
When living in a notorious metropolitan area, the reigning king and queen of living quarters are adaptability and space and it does not take away from the trendy requirement. With space being tackled by the absence of enclosed walls, the flexibility provided to turn the kitchen from a morning command center to an evening social haven is quite exceptional. Bar top and stools to match, natural colors and light with an island at center is priceless.
Still making room for a nice get together, the living room has an engaging vibe that seals the deal with a marble slab fireplace. Added to the mix of modern distinction is a playful light fixture, and colorful rendering in tones of Egyptian and Maya blue. Notice that the Ecru hue donned by the crushed velvet dining room chairs is picked up nicely by the hints of distressed beige on the painting.
Moving to the area most used for gatherings, the blue and brown tincture continues in seating and accent pieces. The blue transforms to cornflower while the browns go as deep as bronze and light as champagne, but it allows for continuity in the space.
Above, and throughout the space, consider the unobtrusive use of painted white exposed ceiling beams and brick walls. The designers keep the soul of the condo’s industrial nature while updating the look for today’s upscale clientele.
Marble slab is utilized at the entry and on the fireplace of this home, and its grading is splendid. The veining, and color of the stone are consistent and the placement of this natural component is expertly chosen when considering the fragility of the product. The owners should not have to concern themselves with the chips, cracks, and staining that occurs repeatedly when used as a countertop.
The master bedroom may be one of the most important rooms in the house (second only to the kitchen) when planning the design. A particular complaint central to urban areas is room breadth, but that does not appear to be an issue here. Suspending the bookcase while adding drawers allows for proper usage of the space underneath for shoes or any other object one would place on the floor; Ingenious! The neutral colors grant the continued use of white with a soothing sand counterpart, and permit its user to do what he or she is supposed to do in such an elegant room: sleep deeply. The area rug matches the bed’s headboard, and all of the other coloring is added by décor here and there in the room. The meticulous nature of this design aesthetic reminds me of a four star room in a downtown hotel.
The luxuriant artistry does not end in the master bedroom; it extends to the master bath as well. The brick look is picked up by the tiling around the room while the marble encased tub and countertop is softened by the choice of glass enclosure for the separate shower. With a recessed “cubby” in the well, it removes the need for shelving thusly gaining more usable area. The wood coloring darkens to a color somewhere between ebony and walnut to offset the neutral tones of the fixtures echoing the hard and soft play of white beams and black lintels of the exposures in the other rooms.
Before we leave, it is an absolute must that we check out the guest bathroom (it is my belief that this is a social requirement, so we are going to satisfy it). This guest bathroom just off the entryway mimics the kitchen in that it delights us with an electrifying explosion of color in the form of international orange shaped like the welcoming hibiscus flower. The pattern shows up immediately behind the wall mirror, and unconventionally on the ceiling. Side Note: Hibiscus means nice summer, so it is no brainer why DHD Architecture Design chose the print as it lends well to the sunny beams that can be experienced at every turn in this loft.