Thursday, February 12, 2009

Wide open spaces.

Could you live HERE?


88 comments:

pillow mint said...

At first, I was going to say, "hell, yeah!" but then looking at all the pictures, I'm now thinking, "no, not really."
I think that for such an open space, the kitchen seems really cut off from everything. And the bedroom and bathroom are just a tad too stark for me. It looks like I would be cold.

pillow mint said...

p.s. I love your blog and the laughs I get every day from your posts! thank you!

Jill said...

No

David said...

I could live there. I thought the kitchen was off-putting at first, but I think I like the glossy white against all that wood.

Paul Anater said...

In a heartbeat. Can you imagine how streamlined and efficient life would be in a space like that.

Anonymous said...

Yes, yes, yes. And yes.

Musette said...

I've been lurking and laughing and having a gay-old time for quite awhile now.

Decided to de-lurk and say 'no'. Pillow Mint got it pretty much on target for me. I would want to rollerskate and it would mess up the floors.

Erin said...

I wish I could. This place looks awesome. Pillow Mint said it well - I think I'd be cold and would miss just a bit of coziness. I think if I had that space I wouldn't have everything so "floaty," though I know the use or non-use of space is probably one of the reasons the NYT featured it. :) Oh well.

Anonymous said...

I think the place is beautiful. Not $6.5 million beautiful. I find it interesting that the only room they didn't photograph what the childs room. I'm certain it doesn't live up to the minimalism / modernism that the rest of the loft does. Everyone needs a space they can just close the door to.

Iheartfashion said...

Love the space, but I'd need more art. And books. I couldn't live with so little clutter, but I admire the aesthetic.

erin said...

yesyesyesyesyes...
but i'd miss art on the walls.

Brilliant Asylum said...

It is beautiful on paper, but I think it would be lonley and hollow to live there. (At least that is what I tell myself as I head home to house of walls and tiny rooms).

Kwana said...

No. I'd be crazy on day three. And with nothing to walk around I'd still find a way to stub my toe on all those hard angles.

Anonymous said...

hell yeah, mostly 'cause I want to be able to do cartwheels in my home without hitting anything. I'm tired of all the crap and clutter I have...I can barely walk through my bedroom without tripping over something.

mika said...

Would you clean it?

Cass_Cass said...

no.
Did anyone else think this is going to look dated very quickly? With all the wood and red brick, i'd get tired of the look really quickly. The furniture all looks like it's on display, not meant to be used.

K.Line said...

I could certainly hang out there for a couple of weeks, just to see how it goes. But not with a kid.

Anonymous said...

Ha ha ha. Not with my three kids. I would not last a day. But in addition to that, I can't imagine having sex in that place. Or houseguests. Or a sense of humor.

*moggit girls said...

NO!

And we have a one word answer for it:

ECHO

J&J

conflictedthimble said...

yes yes yes, except i would need a portion devoted to an art studio, plus i would need more stuff... not so stark. but i love how warm the wood makes it...

Denise Smith said...

I would certainly like to try. The wide open spaces may feel nice in jam-packed NYC.

long on style said...

I like it..but it kind of reminds me of an office or a commercial space. I have way too much stuff. I could not imagine my house every looking that clean and bare! They must have an organization system behind all those hidden doors thats out the wazoo..

modernemama said...

I could, but it wouldn't look that pristine for long

my favorite and my best said...

its not very practical to live in spaces like that when you have kids. maybe thier bedrooms close off and such...but still. hello noise. and where do you put your shit?!?! big, bare surfaces scream of crazy people to me.

mlessirard said...

while it looks clean and polished, I feel sad for the child. Then again there is lots of room to ride her big wheel.

Paloma {La Dolce Vita} said...

Most definitely! What a gorgeous space.

Anonymous said...

1. too cold
2. the echoes of my children's yells would drive me to insanity.

MLE said...

"big, bare surfaces scream of crazy people to me."

Yep. How OCD must one be to live in a space like this--and I don't even want to think about the kid. It's lovely as a concept, but at the end of the day, I want to come home to a home, not an idea.

Anonymous said...

Looks like God's waiting room and only needs Morgan Freeman.

Anonymous said...

The photo of the couple is priceless.

In Soviet Russia, comfort is twelve feet from your wife.

Anyway, I'd live there if I could afford the heat and a flock of roombas.

lecaro said...

I'm so frakkin' tired of designers with such delicate and refined sensibilities that it takes almost two years and over $7 million from their investment banker/realtor/celebrity/mob member spouse to realize their artistic vision and come up with exactly...nothing.

Who wants to live in a vacuum?

Gypmar said...

It seems like a lot of pressure to me to live in a home with a STAGE.

Also, the kitchen plunked down in the middle has a bit of a "home show/exhibition" look to it.

So it wouldn't be my first choice, but I could probably get used to it. I'm flexible.

Magchunk said...

I'd love to housesit or stay there if it was a hotel... but after a week my piles of stuff (seriously, where does it come from?) would have exploded all over every one of those pristine counters.

It's lovely in a photo though.

Carlene said...

I don't have kids, so yes. I can probably have all my stuff packed up and ready to go by the end of the week.

Anonymous said...

I get minimalism but man, it looks like no one lives there. no one.

Brittany said...

The design would be great for hosting parties of 50 people or more. (The article mentions that they entertain family a lot.) But for a family of 3, the place would feel so empty. The only solution would be to have A LOT of kids, or get three golden retrievers.

east side bride said...

Fuck yeah I could! I'd just need a closet to shove my husband's crap into.

Tami said...

Yup...Love it! It has a lot of possibilities and I could always throw a wall or two up. It would be my place and I could do what I wanted.

the dutch purple rabbit said...

it is nice to watch but living there is not my thing.
i'm missing some collers and clutter.

nynke aka the dutch purple rabbit

{maison classique} said...

That loft if for hosting parties. Not living. I couldn't do it. I like more layered spaces for living. Would I like to visit for a weekend? Sure. Live there full time? Not so much.

The Bean said...

That's one of my favorite NYC buildings! It's cool to see the inside. I could live in the space, but not with that cold, blah furniture.

big boy said...

Sure, then I would have room for a mini half-pipe.

Kwana said...

I had to come back and have a look again. The whole space make me feel...Concerned.

Lisa Hunter said...

The irony is that it looks the way lofts did when I was a kid in the 70s, before everyone started renovating and "improving" them.

For nostalgic reasons, I love big open lofts without much furniture, because that was how creative people actually lived, before everything started costing 7 million dollars. Of course, the furniture in those days wasn't so high end as in this loft. (I have a wonderful book from 1976 called Lofts, and it's amazing how DIY and un-sleek Soho was back then.)

Rachel said...

Yes, I could.
I lived in an open plan loft for a year and loved it.
But there are drawbacks:
1) You learn to be super organized and to par down all your "crap"
2) It's cold. Brick walls radiate the cold. I live in Dallas, I can't even imagine NYC.
3) Someone else mentioned it, but cleaning!!! Lofts get dusty! I guess it's all the old brick and exposed ductwork / cement ceilings??

I personally love the look - the old brick and the old wood. I really find it interesting.

Anonymous said...

Would you be in it also?

Anonymous said...

In the space yes. The way they have decorated - like an architect's office, no. It's too impersonal, not enough warmth, color, texture. Give me a room done by Designer's Guild, now you're talking my language.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful. I could spend a happy holiday weekend there, but I need places that are more forgiving of my little messes, stacks of paper, etc. This is so stark that I fear I'd go nuts and my small messes would like ginormous.

lucitebox said...

I'm a major crap hoarder...er...collector, so this would be very hard to consider though the fab location, beautiful light, and gorgeous spaciousness of it all make it appealing. Where do you put your stuff?

I had a cleaning lady for a brief time who apologized for always taking more time than she needed to do the apartment. I said, "I know. I have a lot of collections." I often repeat her reply to my "defense of stuff" as a kind of personal mantra. "Houses for people. Not for stuff. Too much stuff!"

Is it just me or does it seem like these folks probably don't even poop?

S. said...

hellz to the yes. totally. with a kid, yes, absolutely. "honey, of course you can run in the house!"

I love it. mid-morning yoga in front of those windows? OH YES.

A-M said...

Hello,'ello,'ello,'lo. Nope. A-M xx

hunkate said...

YES!! But I take this in a way that by asking if I could live there, you really mean "LIVE" and that includes some of my art and stuff too! I'm not saying I'd clutter the place up, but I'd personalize it! I love the space!!

Anonymous said...

Yes. With rollerblades. And a basketball hoop. And cats wearing socks. And a weekly cleaning crew. Furnished much, much differently.

annikasophia said...

Yes, it is stunning. Looks like it would be a marvelous place to sleep. I would layer a slab of glass with polished edges on top of 4 or 5 stacks of good sized books as a coffee table in front of the sofa for personalization and would hang one or two architectually interesting windows from chains to divide the living room area into "rooms". I love this space very much.

Anonymous said...

Heck yeah with all my stuff and pets and family and roller skates, not roller blades.

My last place was about as large as one of their area rugs so I'd just run around in circles all day long enjoying all that room. I'd be so busy doing that I wouldn't have to worry that I'd never see anyone else for days on end.

Anonymous said...

Absofuckinglutely I could live there.

Ivy Lane said...

Nope..

Anonymous said...

I love lofts, I actually live in one, but this one is too stark for my taste.

RobtW said...

No.

It looks like the front offices of an upstart ad agency or PR firm, c.1986: "The Idea Factory," "The Powerhouse," that sort of thing.

You might wake up in that platform bed only to find you're being spooned by Tibor Kalman.

Funny how exposing brick and beamed ceilings originally meant to have been finished in plaster is still be passed off as a fresh idea. The ghost of Halston is doing lines of coke over in a dark(er) corner.

Decorno said...

"You might wake up in that platform bed only to find you're being spooned by Tibor Kalman."


Ha! Oh god, I am dying. That's hysterical.


The Morgan Freeman comment also killed me.

Laura said...

I could...and when I saw it in the Times this morning that was my immediate thought. Practically speaking, it probably is too open to live in with too many other people, but it does have a very serene quality.

Suzanne said...

Crap, even the kid's doll is naked.

Ten months of construction?! What did they construct? It seems they did more de-constructing than constructing. And that bath? You have to step out of that tub (I'd need a ladder), drip all over three feet of that cold concrete floor to grab your towel off the hook. Where would I put my soap, salts and pumice stone?

I couldn't live in that kind of space. It's a concept, not a home. I agree with Kwana. The whole place leaves me concerned.

Kel said...

I'd live there in a heartbeat! But of course would make *many* changes to the place to soften and warm things up a bit.

I already live overlooking a very echo-y concrete parking lot, so I'd definitely have to take care of the echo-factor inside the place, cos that would get uber-annoying uber fast. :P

Kel said...

p.s. they DO have my dream tub, though. *love*

Vanessa said...

You bet your ass I could. Next question, I'm on a roll.

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Cheryll said...

Yes! I love it. It is so wide and spacious. You could do a thousand cartwheels and not break anything.

I am a student of interior designing and it is refreshing to see ideas such as this.

Zelda said...

love your moto ! finaly some spices in prettydeco world !

Anonymous said...

The bones of this apartment are fab, however it is "over the top" with regards to decor. I'm not sure what they are trying to do here other than "stand out". My opinion is that there is no warmth and tons of wasted space. All in the name of design,I don't think so.

It looks like they bought the place and ran out of money when it came time to decorate!

So, my answer would be Yes, I could live here once I turned it into a home.

Commenting from Virginia Beach

Anonymous said...

Hell Yea!!!!

With a few changes to warm it up a bit.

pve design said...

I think I could.

Anonymous said...

Yes, I could live there if I was able to employ a full-time bartender to work that "bar" in the kitchen

red.door.read said...

would be fun to spin around whirling dervish style and not hit anything

and clutter gives me chest pain - so YES.

Northern Westchester Home said...

Well, yes, I could live here. But if it were mine I'd sell it and buy three other houses instead.

Anonymous said...

Oh yeah. I would put on my socks, flip up my collar, crank Bob Segar on my killer stereo and Risky Business my ass off in front of those big bad windows every day.

Maria said...

are you kidding me? we're working hard to one day own a loft. won't be able to afford one as large as that, but larger is good enough for me.

Anonymous said...

I could live there, if I could furnish it. As it is, the space is too empty and it would be like living in a huge cave. At least it is not all white, which would make it feel REALLY sterile.

Sew Bettie said...

would love to have it as a vacation home in the city... i can dream right?

Jean said...

Live there? Sure, in about one-seventh of the space. As long as it included two windows and that bathtub.

Oh--you meant live in it the way it is? Nope. The echo would drive me nuts. So would the furniture.

fear of styling said...

yes. yes. hell yes.

jax said...

I am a fan of the not so big house, so that ginormous loft is far too large for me. I would feel lonely and fearful that someone may be hiding in a closet without me realizing it until too late.

I don't understand the need for that much living space for only three people no matter how much money one may have. And to constantly pick up my stuff would just be exhausting.

I would have rollerskating parties though.

Camilla @ Designalogue Blog said...

Simply, YES. I could make it work!

FloatingWorld said...

SoHo is like living in a mall, so many tourists, so many bridge and tunnel people, no sense of neighborhood like in the old days. For 6.5 million I'd rather have a townhouse with a roof deck and back yard.

Anonymous said...

YES!

Lindsay said...

Yes.

Holly @ Maison James said...

Less is a bore - couldn't do it. It's freezin' in there.

michelle said...

Absolutely!

Sidney Ann said...

Twist my arm into it. If you're cold, you turn on the heat.