An Ethereal New York City Loft With West Coast Light

Louetta R. Clark

It was the consummate New Yorker Walt Whitman who once wrote, “Keep your face to the sun—and shadows will fall behind you,” but anyone who’s lived in the dark, often view-deprived confines of a Manhattan apartment knows that’s easier said than done. So when one family discovered a pristine loft apartment with soaring ceilings and monumental windows in a historic 19th-century building in Tribeca, there was no question where the focus would land.

“When you walk off the elevator, you’re immediately hit with this diffused northern light, which is just spectacular,” says Los Angeles designer Kelly Bergin of the wall of expansive windows in a sitting area adjacent to the entrance. “The space feels very natural and soothing—and completely removed from the city. We knew right away that we wanted to maintain that sense of the ethereal.”

<div class="caption"> “We began with a blank slate and worked with what was there, adding millwork to visually and functionally define spaces within the main living area,” says Bergin. In the dining room, a custom table by <a href="" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Patrick Keesey" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Patrick Keesey</a> is paired with chairs by Guillerme et Chambron and plaster pendants by <a href="" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Rose Uniacke" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Rose Uniacke</a>. The shelf ledges highlight art by Beverly Buchanan, Emily Sundblad, and Patricia Iglesias. </div>
“We began with a blank slate and worked with what was there, adding
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