In the Loop

In the Loop

By Mimi Zeiger / Photos by Kevin Cooley
Adrian Jones lived in his top-floor loft in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood for nine years before renovating. For a bachelor set designer, the 2,500-square-foot space was perfect: plenty of room for his studio and collections of books and art, big windows affording city views, and exposed brick tagged with graffiti.

It was great for parties, but it lacked creature comforts, a fact made evident when his wife, writer and television producer Allison Silverman, moved in. The couple craved a comfy spot to curl up and watch TV. "Lofts tend to feel cold and lack a sense of intimacy, especially in winter," Adrian explains. "But we wanted to maintain its openness." Before his home became their home, Adrian called on Garrick Jones (no relation), founder of the Brooklyn-based firm Ten to One, and his associate Cathy Braasch, now of Braasch Architecture, to warm up the space. In response, the designer inserted a "loop" of reclaimed oak and sustainably harvested butternut wood into the center of the loft. Resembling an oversize piece of cabinetry, the loop organizes the central space into smaller living areas, including a cozy TV and guest room.

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