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Interior and furniture designer Nick Dine—son of pop artist Jim Dine—has a love-hate relationship with his 2,000-square-foot Hudson Square condo loft. A long rectangle, it was born a stable. The floor slants from east to west, and natural light flows in only at the extreme ends. Yet it’s still home for Dine, his wife, Vanessa, and daughters Violet, 11, and Josephine, 10. With help from Think Construction, Dine reworked the space in 2002. By embracing the loft’s quirks, he has transformed what was once a wreck into a source of inspiration. He gives us the nickel tour.

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  A Dine family portrait in front of the loft clubhouse Nick and Vanessa built for their daughters. As the girls get older, the playroom will transform into a family office.  Photo by: Jeremy Liebman
    A Dine family portrait in front of the loft clubhouse Nick and Vanessa built for their daughters. As the girls get older, the playroom will transform into a family office.

    Photo by: Jeremy Liebman

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  The girls’ narrow bedroom gets natural light from a single window. White paint and furniture (accented with Marimekko print linens) keep the space feeling bright.  Photo by: Jeremy Liebman
    The girls’ narrow bedroom gets natural light from a single window. White paint and furniture (accented with Marimekko print linens) keep the space feeling bright.

    Photo by: Jeremy Liebman

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  A SoHo side street is home to the second-floor loft. Once a horse stable, then a hardware store, the building dates  back to the 19th century, a relic from the neighborhood’s less chic past.  Photo by: Jeremy Liebman
    A SoHo side street is home to the second-floor loft. Once a horse stable, then a hardware store, the building dates back to the 19th century, a relic from the neighborhood’s less chic past.

    Photo by: Jeremy Liebman

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  The loft is full of pieces by Dine’s father, pop and neo-expressionist artist Jim Dine. Skulls are a recurring motif in his artworks.  Photo by: Jeremy Liebman
    The loft is full of pieces by Dine’s father, pop and neo-expressionist artist Jim Dine. Skulls are a recurring motif in his artworks.

    Photo by: Jeremy Liebman

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  Twin storage towers may draw inspiration from minimalist artists like Donald Judd, but they are the perfect foil for clutter.  Photo by: Jeremy Liebman
    Twin storage towers may draw inspiration from minimalist artists like Donald Judd, but they are the perfect foil for clutter.

    Photo by: Jeremy Liebman

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  From the front, the cabinets are like Joseph Cornell boxes, housing favorite knickknacks. Viewed from the back (or seated at the classic Knoll dining table by Eero Saarinen), they are strong sculptural forms.  Photo by: Jeremy Liebman
    From the front, the cabinets are like Joseph Cornell boxes, housing favorite knickknacks. Viewed from the back (or seated at the classic Knoll dining table by Eero Saarinen), they are strong sculptural forms.

    Photo by: Jeremy Liebman

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  A photo from Jeffrey Milstein’s Aircraft series hovers behind the Alcove sofa (which is terrier Leica’s favorite place to sit) by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Vitra.  Photo by: Jeremy Liebman
    A photo from Jeffrey Milstein’s Aircraft series hovers behind the Alcove sofa (which is terrier Leica’s favorite place to sit) by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Vitra.

    Photo by: Jeremy Liebman

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  The kitchen was the only room to get a full renovation, so Dine invested in a sleek Bulthaup b3 kitchen system design­ed by Chris Tosdevin of Bulthaup’s Santa Monica, California, showroom. The stainless-steel workspace and slate-gray laminate countertop and cabinets jibe with the house’s minimalist aesthetic while affording a nice contrast with the overriding whiteness. Perhaps more importantly, though, the hardworking dark surfaces hide dirt and wear far better than lighter hues.  Photo by: Jeremy Liebman
    The kitchen was the only room to get a full renovation, so Dine invested in a sleek Bulthaup b3 kitchen system design­ed by Chris Tosdevin of Bulthaup’s Santa Monica, California, showroom. The stainless-steel workspace and slate-gray laminate countertop and cabinets jibe with the house’s minimalist aesthetic while affording a nice contrast with the overriding whiteness. Perhaps more importantly, though, the hardworking dark surfaces hide dirt and wear far better than lighter hues.

    Photo by: Jeremy Liebman

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  The partial renovation gave Dine a few opportunities to experiment with future designs, like his custom radiator covers. Installed throughout the apartment to mask the old pipes, they’re made from simple medium-density fiberboard panels (white in the living room and red under the wallpaper) that were CNC-milled with a dot 
pattern. Like the two storage towers in the living room, the covers consist of basic construction materials that Dine punched up with a coat of paint and a graphic detail.  Photo by: Jeremy Liebman
    The partial renovation gave Dine a few opportunities to experiment with future designs, like his custom radiator covers. Installed throughout the apartment to mask the old pipes, they’re made from simple medium-density fiberboard panels (white in the living room and red under the wallpaper) that were CNC-milled with a dot 
pattern. Like the two storage towers in the living room, the covers consist of basic construction materials that Dine punched up with a coat of paint and a graphic detail.

    Photo by: Jeremy Liebman

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  Dine painted all the walls, the ceiling, and the ceiling joists white to maximize the feeling of lightness in the apartment. In addition to encouraging a general glow, the bright white walls make the green cabinets and the one wall clad in Clarence House wallpaper appear all the more dramatic. The Vitsœ shelving system designed by Dieter Rams, which separates the playroom/office from the living room, holds a rainbow of books but is open enough to let natural light filter through.  Photo by: Jeremy Liebman
    Dine painted all the walls, the ceiling, and the ceiling joists white to maximize the feeling of lightness in the apartment. In addition to encouraging a general glow, the bright white walls make the green cabinets and the one wall clad in Clarence House wallpaper appear all the more dramatic. The Vitsœ shelving system designed by Dieter Rams, which separates the playroom/office from the living room, holds a rainbow of books but is open enough to let natural light filter through.

    Photo by: Jeremy Liebman

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  Dine installed Marmoleum from Aronson’s Floor Covering throughout the loft in an easy-to-clean neutral gray. Because it’s made primarily of linseed oil, rosins, and wood flour, it doesn’t off-gas like ordinary vinyl.  Photo by: Jeremy Liebman
    Dine installed Marmoleum from Aronson’s Floor Covering throughout the loft in an easy-to-clean neutral gray. Because it’s made primarily of linseed oil, rosins, and wood flour, it doesn’t off-gas like ordinary vinyl.

    Photo by: Jeremy Liebman

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  Artist Peter Dayton’s glossy panels recall surfboards and reveal references to color-field masters like Kenneth Noland. Dine shows Dayton’s work at the MaD Wainscott gallery he co-owns with business partner Scott Murphy.  Photo by: Jeremy Liebman
    Artist Peter Dayton’s glossy panels recall surfboards and reveal references to color-field masters like Kenneth Noland. Dine shows Dayton’s work at the MaD Wainscott gallery he co-owns with business partner Scott Murphy.

    Photo by: Jeremy Liebman

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