Peeling back the layers on an early 20th century SoHo loft in Manhattan took time, patience, and some creative problem-solving for the interior design team at Becky Shea Design. Shea began the process by accessing the decades of renovations the space had endured. "It was divided into seven small rooms, had lower ceilings, stucco all over the walls ... But we still saw an opportunity and unlimited potential to create a timeless, thoughtfully executed home," she told Hunker.
That potential led the team to explore ways to keep certain characteristics (or "moments") of the apartment's past. "It meant enlisting expert restorers to preserve these moments in the right way. Not something many can do," Shea explained. The industrial brick and timber were salvaged; the radiators refurbished.
Shea describes the client, Will Nathan, as "dope," and thanks to his interest in the design space (he's a co-founder of Homepolish and the creator of Object Limited, a "shoppable boutique hotel" in Arizona), he "gave us the platform to do what we do best." The result is a spacious, open-concept loft that uses the building's original details as a framework for a polished, earthy design.