When interior designer Nina Blair and her partner moved from London to New York in 2007, they were drawn to a mid-19th century building in Tribeca. Its warehouse-like character reminded them of "brutalist apartments in East End London," she says. Although the loft had some striking historic details—Corinthian columns would be found hidden in the walls—the space lacked light as a result of the nearby brickwork alleys, characteristic of Tribeca.
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