Lofty Living

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Image: Bruce Buck for The New York Times

Every now and again I find a space that is so unique that every aspect of it inspires me to redesign my own home with the hope of capturing some of its magic. Lofts specifically spark my imagination and this loft seems to have everything I need to get my brain going.

Exposed Everything


Image: Bruce Buck for The New York Times

Very little of the apartment’s services are inside walls or ceilings, leading to most of the infrastructure—piping, electrical, ducts, etc.—showing up in the space. Enhancing those elements with commercial bulbs, aluminum backsplash, and concrete counter tops is a terrific décor choice.

Amazing Space


Image: Bruce Buck for The New York Times

Lofts excel in providing ample acreage (well, okay, plenty of room) for living. Seeing this long table surrounded by 10 chairs brings up visions of lots of talk and laughter among friends enjoying a leisurely dinner. It also makes me realize that with just a little rearranging, I could create a similar—but temporary—space in my own home.

Live/Work


Image: Bruce Buck for The New York Times

Another typical attribute of loft living is easy acceptance of the live/work ethos, and this office space shows how to do it with plenty of style. My imaginary dinner party could easily spill over into this area for smaller conversations or intimate drinks—and, it would be just as easy to set this up in the corner of the living room in your home as it is here (no loft required).

Mixing Materials


Image: Bruce Buck for The New York Times

The relaxed atmosphere of lofts encourages creative use of materials and textures. Soft, flowing curtains juxtaposed by concrete floors and more aluminum flashing seems to be just the tip of the iceberg in this space. Utilizing similar types of finishes in your own room would also do the trick—concrete planters next to the towel bar, perhaps?

What loft lifestyles have you brought into your home?

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Dave Hime, founder/curator of JapaneseTrash.com, has been an interior design addict for as long as he can remember. In 2005, he bought a house-in-progress and missed several opportunities to have an influence on his own home decor–leaving him wanting more. With design heroes such as Blake Dollahite (ruraltheory.com) and Robert & Cortney Novogratz (thenovogratz.com), Dave began seeking out online resources that would exemplify the interior design practices he's most drawn to: using color, texture and simple materials well. Bringing all of this together, along with his specific focus on providing interior design inspiration from a man's point of view, is Dave's mission: masculine design.