September 27, 2017
Scarpidis Brings and Industrial Chic Vibe to a Floor-Through TriBeCa Loft
Designer Yorgos Scarpidis transforms a down and out TriBeCa loft into an industrial chic home for a young family.
by Arlene Hirst interior designer Yorgos Scarpidis photographer Anastassios Mentis
THE BIG FIX
While Yorgos Scarpidis was working as a project architect in the office of Thierry Despont he occasionally took on freelance assignments that didn't demand too much of his time. But a mutual friend recommended him to a young couple returning from London who needed help with their new Manhattan home. This was work that would require his full attention—a complete renovation of a floor-through, 4,000-square-foot loft in TriBeCa. It was a complete teardown and its appeal was irresistible for an ambitious young designer. Scarpidis spent two years skipping lunches and getting just four hours of sleep a night to work on the job. By the time the project was finished he realized that it was time for him to open his own office.
His solution for the loft's layout was a logical one. He split the space into public and private zones, using the entryway as his dividing line. The public space included the living room, kitchen and dining area, and powder room, where he explains, "we decided to do everything in industrial chic." The walls were stripped down to bare brick and then wire brushed and sealed, and the sprinkler system and exhaust duct were left exposed. He also added columns to continue the industrial aesthetic. Over the fireplace, the designer installed soundproofed faux suede panels trimmed with black metal piping, and he faced the surround with chiseled black stone. A television is hidden behind one of the panels. He designed all of the kitchen cabinetry and installed a concealed hood over the cooktop.
The loft's private areas—the master bedroom, bath, children's bedroom, and playrooms—have a soft, cozy feeling. When the project started the couple was childless, explains Scarpidis. By the time the job was completed they had two, which necessitated some hastily revised design plans. In the master bedroom, the walls are covered in faux suede and the floors concealed under wall-to-wall carpeting. Separate his-and-her dressing rooms are deftly concealed behind the bedroom wall. While he met with the clients every week to review the project and to show them possible furniture layouts and selections, virtually all the selections were the architect's. He chose everything in the space, including the books in the fourteen-foot-long bookcase in the corridor. "This was a project that spoke to me," says Scarpidis
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