Thank the starving artist and the Industrial Revolution for the expansive, light-filled, luxury loft. After the 19th century’s factories, warehouses, garment and print shops moved out, the artists moved in. They saw the potential of a vast live-work space in the urban environs of SoHo and Tribeca. These pioneers included Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, and William de Kooning, and over the next few decades, loft conversion boomed. Then, as now, the quintessential loft apartment is an airy, open-plan space with an industrial-chic aesthetic, wood floors, exposed brick, columns and beams, high ceilings, and monumental windows looking onto cobblestone streets below. Where the bohemians went, their friends and patrons followed. Thus loft living has moved beyond Manhattan and its outer boroughs to urban streetscapes far afield in France, the Netherlands, and Thailand—as this collection of luxury homes gloriously will attest.
8-10 White Street in Tribeca, New York City
Lavish Loft in Cannes, France
Contemporary Harborfront Loft in Monte-Carlo, Monaco
534 LaGuardia Place in Greenwich Village, New York City
Loft Living at Windshell Naradhiwas in Bangkok, Thailand
Halvemaanpassage Loft in Rotterdam, Netherlands
Place du Trocadéro Loft in Paris
#100 – 113 Dupont Street in Toronto, Canada
At this loft condominium in Toronto, ceilings height of 11 to 14 feet, quality finishes, and cutting-edge design create a contemporary, open concept space that is both sophisticated and welcoming. A private terrace (33 by 14 feet) adds to the volume. Concrete and metal pillars are focal points of the living room. Adjoining the space is an elegant dining area and a dream kitchen by Schiffini of Italy. Other designer touches include imported wood and stone flooring and brushed metal doors. The warm palette blends with the natural finishes, while accent rugs and bespoke furnishings add a pop of color. Gallery walls, ideal for showcasing large works of art are enhanced by recessed and track lighting. There are four bathrooms and two bedrooms. The main suite has a spa-inspired bathroom with a free-standing tub and separate shower and opens to the terrace.