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Detail of the master bedroom of the Loft renovation project in Chelsea, New York City designed by the architecture studio Danny Forster & Architecture

Our renovation of this loft in Chelsea had two seemingly competing goals: to preserve the “lofty” feel of the apartment—the spare geometry and the high ceilings—while creating a warm and inviting space. Could right angles, hard materials, and neutral colors feel homey?

In the kitchen and dining area, we installed dark walnut cabinetry and dropped the ceiling to create a more intimate space set aside from the dining room. The luster of the kitchen millwork is mirrored in the dining area’s brass chandelier, which, though its shape is angular and its material is “hard,” is softened by its color and its gentle sheen. Although white walls were essential to the apartment’s stylish, austere look, we found moments to temper that white, not with paint color, but with cladding: limestone in the shower of the master bath, chevron-patterned tile that turns from bathroom wall to floor, wood that wraps the walls of the master bedding. The overall effect is one of elegant simplicity cloaked in warmth and comfort.

Plan view of the Loft renovation project in Chelsea, New York City designed by the architecture studio Danny Forster & Architecture
Walking closet of the Loft renovation project in Chelsea, New York City designed by the architecture studio Danny Forster & Architecture
Master closet of the Loft renovation project in Chelsea, New York City designed by the architecture studio Danny Forster & Architecture
Detail of the bedside tables in the master bedroom of the Loft renovation project in Chelsea, New York City designed by the architecture studio Danny Forster & Architecture
Kitchen entrance of the Loft renovation project in Chelsea, New York City designed by the architecture studio Danny Forster & Architecture
Marble island and stove top on the kitchen of the Loft renovation project in Chelsea, New York City designed by the architecture studio Danny Forster & Architecture
Detail of the marble island on the kitchen of the Loft renovation project in Chelsea, New York City designed by the architecture studio Danny Forster & Architecture
Dark walnut cabinetry and marble island textures on the kitchen of the Loft renovation project in Chelsea, New York City designed by the architecture studio Danny Forster & Architecture
Living room of the Loft renovation project in Chelsea, New York City designed by the architecture studio Danny Forster & Architecture
Isometric architectural rendering of the master bathroom of the Loft renovation project in Chelsea, New York City designed by the architecture studio Danny Forster & Architecture
Master bathroom of the Loft renovation project in Chelsea, New York City designed by the architecture studio Danny Forster & Architecture
Detail of the vanity and lighting on the master bathroom of the Loft renovation project in Chelsea, New York City designed by the architecture studio Danny Forster & Architecture
Detail of the shower niche on the master bathroom of the Loft renovation project in Chelsea, New York City designed by the architecture studio Danny Forster & Architecture
Guest bathroom of the Loft renovation project in Chelsea, New York City designed by the architecture studio Danny Forster & Architecture
Dining room and open kitchen of the Loft renovation project in Chelsea, New York City designed by the architecture studio Danny Forster & Architecture
Plan view of the Loft renovation project in Chelsea, New York City designed by the architecture studio Danny Forster & Architecture
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Walking closet of the Loft renovation project in Chelsea, New York City designed by the architecture studio Danny Forster & Architecture
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Master closet of the Loft renovation project in Chelsea, New York City designed by the architecture studio Danny Forster & Architecture
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Detail of the bedside tables in the master bedroom of the Loft renovation project in Chelsea, New York City designed by the architecture studio Danny Forster & Architecture
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Kitchen entrance of the Loft renovation project in Chelsea, New York City designed by the architecture studio Danny Forster & Architecture
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Marble island and stove top on the kitchen of the Loft renovation project in Chelsea, New York City designed by the architecture studio Danny Forster & Architecture
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Detail of the marble island on the kitchen of the Loft renovation project in Chelsea, New York City designed by the architecture studio Danny Forster & Architecture
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Dark walnut cabinetry and marble island textures on the kitchen of the Loft renovation project in Chelsea, New York City designed by the architecture studio Danny Forster & Architecture
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Living room of the Loft renovation project in Chelsea, New York City designed by the architecture studio Danny Forster & Architecture
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Isometric architectural rendering of the master bathroom of the Loft renovation project in Chelsea, New York City designed by the architecture studio Danny Forster & Architecture
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Master bathroom of the Loft renovation project in Chelsea, New York City designed by the architecture studio Danny Forster & Architecture
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Detail of the vanity and lighting on the master bathroom of the Loft renovation project in Chelsea, New York City designed by the architecture studio Danny Forster & Architecture
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Detail of the shower niche on the master bathroom of the Loft renovation project in Chelsea, New York City designed by the architecture studio Danny Forster & Architecture
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Guest bathroom of the Loft renovation project in Chelsea, New York City designed by the architecture studio Danny Forster & Architecture
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Detail of the shower niche on the guest bathroom of the Loft renovation project in Chelsea, New York City designed by the architecture studio Danny Forster & Architecture
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Dining room and open kitchen of the Loft renovation project in Chelsea, New York City designed by the architecture studio Danny Forster & Architecture
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