A Crafty Storage Wall Helps Define a Designer Couple’s Brooklyn Loft
View Photos

A Crafty Storage Wall Helps Define a Designer Couple’s Brooklyn Loft

Add to
Like
Share
By Kate Reggev
A birch plywood table that the homeowners built inspires a functional wall that separates living areas and provides much-needed storage.

Aubrey Ament and Will Glaser, the couple behind multidisciplinary design studio GLAM, moved from Portland, Oregon, into a sunny loft in Brooklyn with their two dogs, but the 920-square-foot space needed definite work. In addition to storage, the home needed separation between living and sleeping spaces but steer clear of extraneous interior partitions. Up for the challenge was architect Brandon Dean, founder of Brooklyn–based Dean Works

The open, 920-square-foot loft felt right to homeowners and creative couple Aubrey Ament and Will Glaser, but they needed to separate public and private spaces. A thick wall of storage did the trick.

The open, 920-square-foot loft felt right to homeowners and creative couple Aubrey Ament and Will Glaser, but they needed to separate public and private spaces. A thick wall of storage did the trick.

Newsletter
Join the Renovations Newsletter

Get carefully curated content filled with inspiring homes from around the world, innovative new products, and the best in modern design

Dean worked with Ament, who has a background in industrial and product design, and Glaser, whose background is in furniture making, to develop a concept that combined the need for storage and separation into one unit. 

Brandon Dean of Dean Works used two types of stone in the kitchen: a lighter, more active marble for the countertops and backsplash, and a tamer, dark soapstone for the kitchen island.

Brandon Dean of Dean Works used two types of stone in the kitchen: a lighter, more active marble for the countertops and backsplash, and a tamer, dark soapstone for the kitchen island.

Inspiration for the "storage wall" came from the clients’ birch plywood dining table, which they’d designed and built previously, which has two large circles cut out of both ends. The same birch plywood makes up the custom kitchen cabinetry, creating continuity in the material and color palette.

Breccia Capraia marble continues from the countertop to form the backsplash and open shelving.

Breccia Capraia marble continues from the countertop to form the backsplash and open shelving.

The kitchen and island countertops—a white Breccia Capraia marble with bold veining and a dark soapstone, respectively—are a rich contrast to the understated elements in the rest of the kitchen area. 

Because the island is covered in a different stone, it reads like a distinct piece of furniture rather than just part of the kitchen.

Because the island is covered in a different stone, it reads like a distinct piece of furniture rather than just part of the kitchen.

The same marble comprises the backsplash and shelves to create a sense of seamlessness, while the dark blue cabinets of the island closely match the island’s stone to give it a monolithic quality. 

The cabinets have no exposed hardware and mimic the materials and detailing of the couple's birch plywood dining table.

The cabinets have no exposed hardware and mimic the materials and detailing of the couple's birch plywood dining table.

Ultimately, the creative collaboration between Dean Works and GLAM has resulted in a space that is minimalist and warm, elegant and comfortable.

A shelving system in the living room displays books, decor, and the couple’s vinyl collection.

A shelving system in the living room displays books, decor, and the couple’s vinyl collection.

The sliding door between the bedroom and the kitchen is fitted with ribbed glass that allows light through while maintaining privacy.

The sliding door between the bedroom and the kitchen is fitted with ribbed glass that allows light through while maintaining privacy.

Shop the Look
Revival Samah Rug
Revival Samah Rug
One-of-a-kind vintage rug, handwoven and hand-knotted in Isparta, Turkey  Dimensions: 3'8" x 6'8" (114 cm x 205 cm)  All rugs have been professionally cleaned; age-related wear and natural inconsistencies are inherent in these unique, handcrafted vintage rugs.
Yamaha A-S2100SL Natural Sound Integrated Amplifier
Yamaha A-S2100SL Natural Sound Integrated Amplifier
Yamaha's own unique Floating and Balanced Power Amplifier, utilizing MOSFETs, delivers powerful, highly dynamic sound filled with energy. All-stage balanced transmission and low impedance, plus fully discrete amp construction reduce noise and eliminate signal transmission loss.
Sun at Six Rise Natural Bookstand
Sun at Six Rise Natural Bookstand
Take a stand for out of the ordinary design. This showpiece displays books, magazines or records in an inventive way. Place it on the floor as an accent piece, or put it on a table as an elevated point of interest.
The living room features the birch plywood table with circular voids that inspired the kitchen design.

The living room features the birch plywood table with circular voids that inspired the kitchen design.

Dean selected a black faucet and a white sink bowl rather than a more typical metallic finish so that both would blend better with the active veining of the black and white marble.

Dean selected a black faucet and a white sink bowl rather than a more typical metallic finish so that both would blend better with the active veining of the black and white marble.

Related Reading: A Renovated Apartment in Sweden Boasts Sunny Yellow Storage Walls

Project Credits:

Architect of Record: Brandon Dean, Dean Works / @dean_works

Builder/General Contractor: Orchester Management Company

Photography: Daniel Salemi