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Openshop|Studio’s design for a hivelike structure in the middle of a Brooklyn loft creates a chrysalis of comfort for a couple and their baby.

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  A large OSB structure with skylights, a bathroom, enclosed baby’s room, and master sleeping alcove dominates Ryan and Showalter’s Brooklyn loft.  Photo by Jesse Chehak.
    A large OSB structure with skylights, a bathroom, enclosed baby’s room, and master sleeping alcove dominates Ryan and Showalter’s Brooklyn loft. Photo by Jesse Chehak.
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  The former Ex-Lax factory on busy Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn is one of the only loft buildings in brownstone-rich Boerum Hill.  Photo by Jesse Chehak.
    The former Ex-Lax factory on busy Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn is one of the only loft buildings in brownstone-rich Boerum Hill. Photo by Jesse Chehak.
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  A foam mat creates a colorful play space for one-year-old Tatum.  Photo by Jesse Chehak.
    A foam mat creates a colorful play space for one-year-old Tatum. Photo by Jesse Chehak.
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  Custom-fabricated modular bookshelves create a corridor leading to the home office.  Photo by Jesse Chehak.
    Custom-fabricated modular bookshelves create a corridor leading to the home office. Photo by Jesse Chehak.
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  The doorway to Tatum’s room inside the hive is buffered with custom-cut Flor carpet tiles.  Photo by Jesse Chehak.
    The doorway to Tatum’s room inside the hive is buffered with custom-cut Flor carpet tiles. Photo by Jesse Chehak.
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  The master bedroom’s felt walls keep things cozy, and the hanging rubber Soft lamps by Droog prevent bumped heads.  Photo by Jesse Chehak.
    The master bedroom’s felt walls keep things cozy, and the hanging rubber Soft lamps by Droog prevent bumped heads. Photo by Jesse Chehak.
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    Photo by Jesse Chehak.
    Photo by Jesse Chehak.
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  A grand piano provides a focal point for the room—a place for Ryan to play Tatum’s favorite music, Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf. The Portola series sofa is from Design Within Reach.  Photo by Jesse Chehak.
    A grand piano provides a focal point for the room—a place for Ryan to play Tatum’s favorite music, Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf. The Portola series sofa is from Design Within Reach. Photo by Jesse Chehak.
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  Staggered Ikea cabinets and Castore lamps by Michele de Lucci for Artemide make the most of the loft’s 14-foot ceilings.  Photo by Jesse Chehak.
    Staggered Ikea cabinets and Castore lamps by Michele de Lucci for Artemide make the most of the loft’s 14-foot ceilings. Photo by Jesse Chehak.

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