Theatrical Manhattan Loft Design

This 2,800 square-foot residence has been created from a full-floor loft space within a landmark 1898 Beaux Arts building in downtown Manhattan.  The spacious interiors have been designed by the New York based Architect and Interior Designer Garrow Kedigian, and feature a look of layered luxe.  The structure reflects the designers signature streamlined classic design principles, while bold colors, rich textures, and contrasting elements create a lively and theatrical contemporary design.

The art-filled home was created for cozy living and for entertaining with great style.  The inspiring interior design includes an eclectic mixing of mid-century Modern furnishings, an array of sumptuous fabrics and upholstery, and an assortment of both antique and new custom contemporary design pieces.  There is also a bit of Eastern influence and a touch of Bohemian flair.  The effect is very inviting, very intriguing, and makes you wish you were on the invitation list for the owners next fabulous gathering.. and that is what makes it our design inspiration for today.  Let’s take a look around!

..created for cozy living and for entertaining with great style.




The grand entrance foyer sets the tone for the rest of the apartment.  The dramatic space has been composed as a library/sitting area inspired by the late Brooke Astor’s famous library in her New York duplex.  The entire room; custom wall paneling, bookcases, and moldings- has been finished in a custom created, high-gloss deep eggplant color, with gilded accents highlighting the edges of the bookcases that allow the room to sparkle.

The custom sofa tucked between two bookcases, is upholstered in Ebanista velvet with contrasting welt and banding, with pillows in fabrics by Schumacher and Donghia.  The chair is a custom Art Deco-style, tall barrel-back design with a gilded wooden frame by Charlene Asdourian, covered in a Donghia velvet with contrasting trim.  The carpet is a wool and bamboo silk by Tufenkian.  Kedigian selected a ceiling light fixture with an old world feel, the Scheherazade Pendent by Odegard, which is made with Fortuny silk, and balanced it by suspending it above a very contemporary free-form custom center hall table by DesignLush.  Interesting books, curious objects, and personal memento fill the shelves making the room all the more intriguing.  The painting and sculpture are the homeowner’s own artworks.

..a bit of Eastern influence and a touch of Bohemian flair.




The foyer provides entry into the long, double volume L-shaped living space which has been grouped into two seating areas.  The first being an intimate and more formal grouping composed of two customized Donghia Toulouse sofas upholstered in a classic diamond-velvet by Nancy Corzine, and a Nancy Corzine Rateau Bergere armchair upholstered in Chartreuse Chamois by Quadrille.   The cocktail table in the center was actually the homeowners dining table before, which has been cut down for this new use.  The lighting fixture is a custom Sun Pendant by Paul Ferrante.


The homeowner has an expansive and ever-revolving collection of artwork.  The apartment though, has expansive windows and few large wall areas on which to hang the art.  So, the brilliant design solution was to suspend the artwork from adjustable elegant brass chains that hang before the walls of silk draperies.  The lustrous silk panels, which drape most of the living area’s outer walls, are from the residence’s former owner, interior designer Jamie Drake, and have a contrast banding along the bottoms by Bergamo.  The second seating area has been created here in the building’s front corner, with its excellent views in both directions.  The setting is anchored with a large richly-colored velvet Gustavian-style sectional sofa which is casually grouped with a couple of upholstered armchairs.  A custom-created coffee table centers the space.  I love the pair of tall cathedral candle-sticks.


The dining area has been created in the alcove off the far end of the living area.  Here it is presented as a more contemporary design contrast against the more formal and traditional design seating settings of the living spaces.  The custom dining table features a cubist inspired base, of bespoke design by Kedigian, conceived as a series of interlocking grid forms of bronze iron metal members finished with a Dutch Metal gold leaf and completed with a custom glass top.  The dining chairs are Mid-century Modern with seats covered in a Clarence House silk.  The Profiles Marseilles Sideboard Cabinet features doors in polished unlacquered brass, each with 9 circular-ringed oculus apertures open through to the interior.  The main body is covered in a goat skin bleached parchment in an off-white lacquered finish, which sits elegantly on splayed legs with brass sabots.  The painting above it is by Elliot Osgood, with the other art being the homeowner’s own.  The maple floors throughout the apartment were stained dark.




The rich reds, used as they are here in the master bedroom, give the room a sophisticated and worldly appeal.  The tufted upholstered and ebonized wood framed bed is dressed with an assortment of linens with custom bed pillows, which Kedigian likes to use to give the space a bespoke character.   The intricately embroidered draperies draw the eye up and emphasize the ceilings height.


In the guest bedroom, the walls have been finished with Venetian plaster designed to mimic leather hide.  The bed is composed of a custom headboard by Albert Vitiello, custom linens by Schweitzer Linens, and a custom coverlet by Bunny Williams Home, and an assortment of custom pillows.  The silk drapery panels are again from the previous owner, with contrast banding by Cowtan & Tout.  The mirror also is from the previous owner.  The carpet is a bespoke design by Kedigian, from Mark Nelson Designs.


Here in the statement making powder room, Kedigian has lined the walls with custom wall draperies for the most theatrical effect yet.  He had crown molding added and placed the drapery poles discretely behind it.  The art is all the clients own, hung with the brass chains the same as in the living room.  A 19th-century Swedish Mirror hangs above the pedestal sink, which is a custom design by Kedigian from Urban Archaeology.  This feels very New Orleans French Quarter to me, very decadent.  Love it!   I think I said that same very thing about my other post on Kedigian which features his own personal home- Park Avenue Contemporary Classic.  For more info, or for more inspiration from this Architect/Interior Designer, be sure to check out his website via the link below!

That concludes our design inspiration for today my friends.  I hope you all have enjoyed the wonderfully theatrical interiors of this Manhattan residence.  I really loved the collected and layered effect achieved, and the careful balancing and juxtaposing within the design.  There are plenty of inspiring interior design ideas to be gleaned!  What do you all think?  Let me hear from you all in the comments!

Architecture & Interior Design:  Garrow Kedigian

Special thanks again to Garrow Kedigian and James who provided the photos and descriptions and last minute details.  I must say, they are certainly among some of the nicest and most pleasant and easy to work with people among the many we have had the good fortune to feature on here and we are so very grateful for that!  Thanks so much you guys!!

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