How to Work With an Architect, Domino October 2008

When Christiane Lemieux bought this 3,200-square-foot loft in Soho, she envisioned turning it into a London-style town house, employing the muted hues of her bedding and fabrics for DwellStudio. “I thought we could put in a bunch of moldings and cut it up into a classic six,” she says. But after she and her husband, Joshua Young, moved in, everything changed. “I realized that a loft is a very special thing, and I wanted to maintain its character,” she says.

Lemieux hired local architects Will Meyer and Gray Davis, of Meyer Davis Studio Inc., to return the apartment to its bones, using the pared-down, rustic-modern style of Belgian interiors guru Axel Vervoordt as a guide. Occasionally the architects’ penchant for bold statements clashed with the clients’ restraint, but it didn’t take long to come up with a solution both parties are proud of. “People think we did very little to it,” Lemieux says. “It feels like the soul is still intact.”…


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