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Scandinavian Loft in Manhattan

New York-based designer Christina Loucks softened the industrial architecture of this office with light wood, a natural palette, and modernist furniture.

Designer Christina Loucks got the perfect architectural “canvas” – a spacious loft in a New York industrial building of 1912. Having met the founders of the hedge fund, whose office she was to arrange, Loucks decided to bring femininity and softness to a rather brutal space. “I wanted to make sure that the “female” character of the interior manifested itself in a natural way, without clichés and too obvious references,” the author explains.

Thanks to the designer’s anti-stereotypical approach, there are no pink sofas or floral wallpaper. Loucks opted for a warm natural shade of natural oak, milky wall color, and smooth outlines of objects. Huge windows fill the rooms with light, and light chairs on thin legs and laconic racks retain a sense of spaciousness. “I love Scandinavian design, and it seemed to me that its restrained palette, an abundance of natural wood and openness would be well suited for this project,” the author explains.

The office occupies a whole floor of the building and includes the office of the founders, a multifunctional workspace for two employees, three additional offices, and a kitchen-dining area. There are many wooden objects: an oak reception stand, a double-sided rack with streamlined shelves, chairs, and cabinets of the Danish brand Skagerak. They are accompanied by Isamu Noguchi lamps, tables from &Tradition, chairs of the Danish company Lassen in cognac leather, and Kardiel chairs upholstered with textured boucles. Monochromatic textiles with a pronounced texture emphasize the noble simplicity of the interior.

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