A MOODY HERITAGE LOFT IN GASTOWN, VANCOUVER
When homeowners asked us to redesign their recently purchased two-storey heritage loft in Gastown, Vancouver —with vintage brick, original wood floors and iron beams — we thought they were going to ask for the modern Vancouver special: something Scandinavian, minimalist, probably white and restrained. Instead this global duo could not have surprised us more. They wanted a home that was dark, moody, swanky and that unequivocally channelled old New York. These two were adventurous and playful and their new home was going to reflect that.
GATSBY-ERA HERITAGE LOFT IN GASTOWN
One of the biggest interior designer challenges with an open-concept loft space is creating different zones throughout the home so that you don’t always feel like you’re in the same room. Downstairs was very tall and bright, therefore we wanted the bedroom to be dark and cozy.
CUSTOM LIGHTING REALLY BROUGHT THIS SPACE TOGETHER
We designed a custom fluted glass and antique brass chandelier to replicate the one hanging in the Hotel Georgia’s art-deco-inspired lobby in Vancouver.
WE COVERED THE APARTMENTS 18 FOOT WALL WITH AMAZING ARTWORK
We decided to emphasize the height of the ceilings with a large gallery wall of artwork that stretches up the two-storey apartment’s full 18 feet. We chose photography from a group of artists featuring everything from beaches to animals to abstracts — things that had a fun story, or featured bright colours, for a hit of something unexpected.
WE CREATED SEPARATE SPACES IN THIS OPEN PLAN APARTMENT
What we love most about this home and each of its defined spaces, is the mix of old and new. Antique wood floors, ancient timber beams, iron beams and heritage brick are so interesting and unique to this space. And going with a classic look with the millwork and furniture really makes the house feel less modern Vancouver and much more vintage New York.