It took more than a year for the Marcovitz-Geiger family just to navigate the tangle of renovation red tape to get the needed building permits for their Tribeca loft.
Residents Jen Geiger and James Marcovitz have filled their renovated Tribeca loft with a thoughtfully curated collection of vintage modern furniture, Americana, and blue-chip artwork. The primary wall in the open kitchen is filled with photography by German duo Bernd and Hilla Becher. Seating includes a molded plywood lounge chair by Charles and Ray Eames and K65 stools by Artek, designed by Alvar Aalto in 1935.
In the loft’s living area, Marcovitz sits on a Charles sofa by Antonio Citterio for B&B Italia, in front of a Jean Prouvé Potence Lamp that has been reissued through Vitra.
Custom kitchen cabinets designed by Pulltab and fabricated by Maciek Winiarczyk hold mostly vintage ironstone that Geiger has found at flea markets and estate sales over the past 20 years. “I love white,” she says, “because I think food always looks better on it.” She also collects vintage wooden cutting boards, shown resting against the marble tile backsplash from Stone Source.
More treasured pieces, including a clear glass bud vase by William Gudenrath from the Corning Museum of Glass and a bronze palm from De Vera in San Francisco, occupy the living room bookshelves.
Pulltab’s custom 14-inch skylight makes for an artful aperture in the master bathroom.
Pulltab’s ingenious skylit lightwells visible from the terrace Marcovitz and Geiger requested for the newly built-out second-floor roof terrace. The outdoor table is vintage Paul McCobb.
The architects had to gain approval from the co-op board to break through to the roof—the loft is on the top floor—and add a terrace and master bedroom suite.
In the dining area of the kitchen, Design Within Reach’s Salt chairs surround a vintage Milo Baughman table. The Lenin portraits on the wall behind Jen and Jonas were purchased from Steven Sclaroff and form an ironic counterpoint to the family’s assembled Americana.
Jonas runs up the custom walnut stairwell, with inset Corian handrail, that leads up to the second-floor master suite.
In the entry to the loft apartment, Jen sits in front of a vintage Luther Conover table accented by Ted Muehling candlesticks and Karen Karnes pottery. A Leon Golub painting hangs at right on walls painted in Skimming Stone by Farrow & Ball.
At the top of the stairwell, a sitting area is outfitted with a vintage Eames lounge, a large Jack Goldstein painting, and a 1970s light fixture found by Marcovitz in Paris.
Houldin, 10, curls up in the playroom nook which is directly under a side skylight that Pulltab added in order to make the interior rooms inhabitable, as per New York City building code. The custom millwork around the window seat is painted in Rainy Day by Fine Paints of Europe.
Houldin, 10, and Jonas, 8, in the boys' shared work area-slash-playroom. The vintage kilim rug was purchased at Double Knot and the desk chairs are by Jasper Morrison for Cappellini.