To revamp their loft in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood, a family enlisted Matthew Miller of StudioLAB. Their goal: turn the dreary loft into a modern space that offers ample room for their three children to enjoy. Miller says the family knew exactly what they wanted to accomplish with their home’s new look. “We gutted everything,” Miller says. “It was important to keep a big open space where the living room, dining area, and kitchen flow into one another.”
In a renovated Tribeca loft, Eames shell chairs surround a Saarinen Tulip table from Knoll. The Line console is from Design Within Reach and the pendant light is Louis Poulsen's Snowball. While architect Matthew Miller of New York firm StudioLAB gutted the space, some of the original details—like the windows—remain. The rug is from ABC Home.
The loft pre-renovation was far from what the couple had in mind for their space. It featured an orange-colored oak floor and a tin ceiling, which was painted white for a fresh look.
The living area now feels open and bright and showcases the couple’s appreciation for furniture design and artwork. The family opted for a Camber sectional and rug from Design Within Reach, coffee table from Steven Alan Home, and replica Eames Lounge to outfit the space.
“We refaced some of the kitchen cabinets and altered the staircase a little bit,” Miller says. The new staircase features a design that accommodates storage for a microwave and pantry items. A warm wood dining table by Matthew Hilton and Profile chairs from Design Within Reach stand out against the white walls and pale flooring.
In addition to housing storage, the staircase also hides pet food bowls.
The previous layout felt like a maze with a ton of little rooms. With the new floor plan, each of the couple’s children has their own bedroom. The crib is by Oeuf.
A playroom kitted out with a table and chairs from is situated between the kids' rooms in what was formerly an underutilized passageway.
In addition to a playroom, the children share a bathroom. “In a kids’ bathroom, it’s nice to have a little bit more fun,” Miller says. “The penny tiles are really nice because they are really inexpensive and have a nice blue delicateness to them.” A neutral palette of whites and grays is used throughout the rest of the space to make the blue penny tiles stand out. Footstools are nestled underneath the cabinets so the kids can access the sink easily.
StudioLAB built cabinets to hide the unsightly radiators in the master bedroom. “I hate to see radiators so I always build cabinets to cover them,” Miller says. The Hepburn bed is De La Espada and the nightstand is Design Within Reach.
The office nook, which was created out of a coat area, is the perfect setting to complete work assignments. “The residents have a bench that they can put things in and sit atop when taking shoes off and on,” Miller says.