Gorgeous Tribeca Manufacturing Building Turned Loft

Working from the bones of a landmark 19th Century soap warehouse, architect  Andrew Franz exposed the 16-foot beamed ceilings and brick walls of this Tribeca loft to create a true blank canvas.

“There were no partitions, no walls—it was an open box,” said Franz. “But we felt it was important to maintain transparency and the feeling of the entire space.”

To that end, Franz transformed the central living area into something that almost feels like an outdoor courtyard. The centerpiece is a 150-square-foot skylight that opens onto a rooftop terrace, which you can see at the top of this page.

“Connectivity to the indoor and outdoor space was paramount,” explained Franz.

So the stairs to the roof pass through a leafy mezzanine below the skylight. What’s more, the skylight is retractable, allowing the open air to filter into the entire space whenever the weather allows.

The end result is a rooftop terrace that feels as if it begins inside the living area. Creating this indoor/outdoor courtyard also introduced a small nook to the floor plan, just large enough for a guest room and bathroom overlooking the entire home. It’s a private retreat that Franz said has become everyone’s favorite space.

Another unexpected choice: To each of the two main bedrooms, Franz added glazed windows facing the center of the house, allowing the home’s open design to extend into the private areas. It encourages the residents and their guests to experience the entire home, and to appreciate it from a variety of perspectives and angles.

Finishing the space with Mid-Century furnishings, lush fabrics, and discreet built-in cabinetry, Franz clearly had lofty ambitions for the Tribeca Manufacturing Building—all ravishingly realized.


DAILY FIND: This Paris apartment, untouched since 1942, is the time capsule that lines up all other “time capsules” and smacks them square in the face. VIA So Bad So Good

…a Parisian apartment located on Right Bank (not far from the famous Opéra Garnier) had been left dormant for 68 years. It was originally owned by a lady called Madame de Florian, who was an affluent Parisian socialite and actress. During the second World War, with the Nazi’s merely a few kilometres away, she quickly fled to the South of France, leaving her entire life, apartment and belongings behind. Read more.



REAL APTS: Meet painter and fashion illustrator Katie Rodgers (paperfashion.net)

Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Katie has been commissioned by the likes of Cartier, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Valentino, Swarovski, Clé de Peau, Kate Spade, Coach, Alicia Keys, Calypso St. Barths, Stuart Weitzman, Parker Pens, Lacoste, Elle, and Glamour Magazine among others. She lives in NYC and her place is unsurprisingly wonderful.

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Montmartre Apartment - Paris, France

Ideally located in the heart of characterful Montmartre, this chic Parisian apartment offers accommodation in two harmoniously designed bedrooms with calm lighting, exposed stone walls, and fireplaces. In addition to a fully-equipped American-style kitchen and a convenient terrace with BBQ, this charming place has a variety of unexpected features, including a hammam, a verdant indoor/outdoor patio, and a home theater. The living and dining areas are tastefully decorated with cozy seating and eye-catching antiques.