February 12, 2017

Keith Lichtman Brings his A-Game to a 3,200-Square-Foot-Loft in SoHo

Interior designer Keith Lichtman of KL Interiors made a neutral palette pop with a modern mix of textures and patterns.

by Jill Sieracki interior designer KL Interiors photographer Laura Moss

GRAY MATTER

It's rare that an interior designer gets a "blank canvas" when taking on a new project but that's exactly what happened when KL Interiors' Keith Lichtman was hired to reimagine a four-bedroom, four-bath, 3,200-square-foot loft in SoHo. His client, a single mother of two, was looking for restful and quiet neutrals. "She wanted it very modern, but comfortable, and yet intentionally somewhat spare and uncluttered," says Lichtman. "The whole idea was really your classic urban chic environment."

The first challenge was the open living area, which encompassed the kitchen, a double living room and dining space. "The gray-and-white kitchen palette and the sleekness of the architecture really set the stage for the entire 1,200-square-foot room and then ultimately the rest of the apartment," says Lichtman. "And because the kitchen is open to everything, the most important thing for me was the balance, and the connection from each of the four quadrants had to work."

Starting in the kitchen, Lichtman installed a marble backsplash and island countertop. Exposed brick walls were painted white to seamlessly blend with white lacquer upper cabinets, while a glass bubble Eurofase chandelier was installed to add visual interest. Says the designer, "The kitchen really was the launching point for the entire apartment."

To keep the home's "cross talk" cohesive, polished gray concrete floors run throughout. In the dining area, textures, such as vinyl-covered Crate & Barrel chairs and a crinkled pearlized lacquered wallpaper by Innovations, give dimension to the monochromatic space. The amorphous black Dainolite Zulu pendant light is an "exclamation point" that plays into the black-and-white zebra chaise in the adjoining sitting area. "Every space really is tactile," says Lichtman. "Not even just visually, you can actually touch and feel all the different things going on."

In contrast, the master bathroom features the only non-white walls; instead, porcelain tiles meant to mimic slate cover the space from floor to ceiling. "It really punctuates that sculptural, bright white, freestanding tub, which to me serves as a fine piece of furniture," says the designer. He offset the tub from ADM Bathroom Design with a graphic work of art, which was customized to fit the space. "The visual alone makes the room exciting."

Three gallery-like hallways, each turning at a 90-degree angle, provide a “big reveal” into the 1,200-square-foot main living area.
Three gallery-like hallways, each turning at a 90-degree angle, provide a “big reveal” into the 1,200-square-foot main living area.

Throughout the home, pops of purple—ranging in shades from rich plum, in the mohair Ligne Roset sectional, to lavender and even "blurple" on a cowhide rug—punctuate the color scheme while massive columns in distressed wood speak to a secondary "natural" storyline. To complement the pillars, Lichtman had a woodworker in Illinois make a live-edge coffee table with Lucite legs that appears to "float" in the cozy living room. Nearly all the artwork speaks to nature either in shape or subject, including a black-and-white wave photograph taken by the client's son. Says Lichtman, "I love that contrast because the space itself has a very urban vibe to it and this adds a different quality."

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