January 9, 2018
A Loft in a Former 19th-Century Silk Factory in Beacon, NY Gets an Industrial-Chic Makeover
A weekend loft in Beacon doubles as a healing gathering space for exploring how music soothes the soul.
by Jorge S. Arango photographer Gross & Daley
SOUND & LIGHT
Jamie Pabst left her position as an investor relations professional at a hedge fund to combine a passion for music with holistic wellness by using music technology as a tool for multisensory experiences. So when she bought a weekend loft in a former 19th-century silk factory Fishkill Creek in Beacon, New York, her intention, she says, "was to make it feel like an open and holy space as well as a home, but also maximize camaraderie—offering it as a space to friends and the broader community to explore this modality." To create that flexible, dual-purpose environment, she hired another former refugee from finance, Gabriela Gargano.
As soon as the women began talking about the aesthetics of the loft, it became clear that, other than music and health and wellness, there was another sensibility to take into account: Pabst's predilection for Art Deco. "It became a puzzle for me to figure out and make sure it didn't look frenetic." Gargano began unifying the L-shaped space by toning down the shiny red oak floors with a gray wash and painting the white walls blue-gray. Gargano and Pabst loved the exposed brick walls, so those were not touched.
When they began the shopping process, client and designer took a three-pronged approach, aiming for subtle, rather than literal, references to the tripartite program. Art Deco-style is hinted at by gold-framed chairs with black leather cushions in the dining room, art that riffs on diamond shapes in the living room, and a Deco-style vanity and mirror in the powder room, which is adorned with pin-up girl art by Antonio Vargas (of WWII-era Varga Girl fame). Gargano invoked her client's love of music in the library with artworks by Max Steven Grossman (who creates music book covers), a vintage record player, a bare bulb chandelier, and tufted sofa—elements that, says Pabst, are "characteristic of a rock 'n' roll vibe."
Finally, says Gargano, "The media room has a soothing blue-gray sectional and is more serene and Zen, less bright and colorful than other spaces in the home." Pillows of Indian textiles and a coffee table whose base nods to Balinese design add an Eastern spin. Throughout, the emphasis was also on lightweight furniture that is easily moved to transform the loft for Pabst's sound gatherings.
"It's been wonderful to bring the space to life," says Pabst. "It wouldn't be utilized to capacity if I didn't open it up to people."
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