Tour a Loft That Seamlessly Blends Patina and Polish

Louetta R. Clark

The collector who resides in this refined New York City pad has relied on Aamir Khandwala, of Aamir Khandwala Interior Design, to decorate her homes since the 1990s—when Khandwala was Robert Couturier’s head of decoration. For three decades, she has returned to him for distinctive and rich design that endures. “As I walk into a home that Aamir has completed for me, I am instantly reminded why I choose Aamir each time: to make my world full of beauty, grace, and comfort,” she says. “He and I hit it off from the very beginning. Not only does he have exceptional taste, he also listens to his clients carefully and designs solely for them, keeping their needs in mind and his own ego out.” The result is a unique and sophisticated mélange, reflecting his own aesthetics and his clients’ personalities.

<div class="caption"> The master bedroom features an 1850s bed from Goa, India—which was sourced from <a href="http://anglorajantiques.com/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Anglo Raj Antiques" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Anglo Raj Antiques</a>. It is decorated with antique ikat-patterned panels from Paris and cushions featuring fabric from <a href="https://www.combraydesign.com/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Combray Design" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Combray Design</a>. The chair is from Paris-based designer Mattia Bonetti and the rug is from <a href="https://www.meridastudio.com/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Merida Rugs" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Merida Rugs</a>. </div>
The master bedroom features an 1850s bed from Goa, India—which was
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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="http://patrickkeesey.com/" 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="https://www.roseuniacke.com/" 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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