Designer Justin Charette looked to his surroundings to create a predominantly neutral, minimalist loft in Soho’s historic Cast Iron District.
Photos by Sean Litchfield
When you’re designing a home in Soho’s historic Cast Iron District, all you need to do is throw open the windows and look around at the striking industrial architecture, cobblestone streets, and swarm of fashionable crowds below to uncover a world of inspiration. That was precisely the strategy Justin Charette employed when designing his client’s 2,800-square-foot pied-à-terre loft in one of Soho’s neighborhood’s landmarked buildings.
“The project’s location was my ultimate source of inspiration,” he explains. “Drawing from the mostly neutral palette seen from the loft’s windows, I naturally gravitated towards a soothing palette infused with thoughtful moments of color that echo what’s happening directly outside.”
A prime example of this can be found in the music room, where the burgundy sofa mimics the brick facade outside. And when selecting the lighting, Justin was equally as reverent to the ethos of the area and the local makers—think Lindsey Adelman and David Weeks Studio—who contribute to its vibrancy.
“The lighting played a huge role in the redesign,” Justin explains. “The Lindsey Adelman light fixture above the dining area anchored the space, added some movement, and played well off the large custom square Desiron dining table. The David Weeks floor lamp in the living room has a sculptural quality, and brought some needed height to the area.”
The space’s existing light oak finishes, created by renowned architect Andrew Berman, served as the perfect neutral palette to build upon. At the request of his client, Justin embraced walnut wood furniture that adds some contrast while also fitting into the minimalist yet warm aesthetic his client envisioned.
“[My client] was adamant from the start that the space be streamlined, warm, and uncluttered,” Justin reveals. “He was looking for high-quality pieces that were simple in form and masculine in palette.”
As a result, the designer hand-selected a mix of Mid-Century Modern and contemporary pieces, which he strategically placed to best complement the loft-style open floor plan, allowing for a light and airy composition.
“I love the furniture layout throughout the redesign,” Justin says. “It feels complete while still leaving plenty of open space, which highlights the large-size rooms. This also allows you to see each piece from every sightline.”
To invite pops of color into the open, pared-down space, Justin chose a hand-knotted carpet for the living room that bears a slew of warm, earthy tones—the perfect tie in to the space and complement to the modern, angular artwork in the dining room.
In the bedroom, Justin sought to break up all the clean lines in the loft, choosing a graphic piece of art and a large-scale rug featuring an organic pattern. He also pulled in pops of black to play off the black-and-white bathtub in the adjacent space.
And while the design of the sleek black bathroom is largely owed to architect Andrew Berman, Justin left his mark by adorning the room with sophisticated accessories—think a white marble vase—that help solidify dramatic feel of the interiors, while also perfectly capturing the energy of the bustling streets below.
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