Chicago-based firm Studio Gild collabs with a longtime client for a fifth project in Tribeca.
A chic nook adds character to the home.
Located in one of the landmarked Woods Mercantile buildings on White Street in Tribeca, this 19th-century prewar home (originally built in 1865) was ready for a refresh—and Chicago-based design firm Studio Gild was up for the job. Materials such as leather, bronze, solid woods and natural stones spotlight the space’s authentically modern, slightly industrial, features and complement the art, which the clients wanted to be a focal point throughout the three-bedroom, two-bathroom home.
Frag Lyo chairs sourced through Haute Living, Flos String Light Cone fixture purchased from Lightology and a Roger Reutimann sculpture fill the open space.
Sam Taylor-Johnson’s “Bram Stroker’s Chair VII” (2005) hangs over an exposed-brick wall.
The homeowner, an attorney and art collector, has a passion for authenticity and craftsmanship, and this was his fifth project in collaboration with the principal designer of Studio Gild, Jennie Bishop. No longer a bachelor this time around, the recently married client envisioned a space that reflected both himself and his wife. And with her trust, he took the creative reigns during the two-year project.
A leather Boffi sofa and Egg Collective’s Lawson coffee table
A Whitney Bedford artwork hangs infront of a custom solid bronze ladder by Shelton Studios.
The space is masculine, warm and rustic, hitting all the notes of a classic downtown Manhattan loft. “We designed a custom entry credenza with Chicago’s Lagomorph Design and Connecticut-based leather artist Casey Gunschel,” says Bishop. “The backstory of the credenza stems from a tornado in Oklahoma [where the client is from]. We started with a graphical chart of the topographical destruction in the area and abstracted it horizontally across the front of the cabinet tooled into the leather. For anyone else, the artwork is just an interesting graphic design. But for those who know, they know this custom work of art in leather, elm wood and heavily distressed oak represents the path of destruction of this storm.”
Skram kitchen stools
In the office, a custom desk with Edelman leather writing surface by Lagomorph Design
An Alex Prager artwork hangs over a Drummonds Bathrooms’ Spey tub.
A Marc Vaux painting hangs over a Jack Bed from Property Furniture and Allied Maker’s Arc Well sconces.
“One challenge was to avoid encroaching on the downstairs neighbor’s interior, who had just completed a substantial renovation,” Bishop shares. “We chose to raise the floors 10 inches in the primary bedroom suite, purely for aesthetic reasons. Having shallow steps leading up to the bedroom felt unexpected and luxurious in a downtown Manhattan loft, and it didn’t hinder the feeling of the soaring ceilings one bit.”
A striking work by The Bruce High Quality Foundation is lined with a neon frame.
Ekundayo’s artwork complements custom hardware pulls by Wilmette Hardware.
With Studio Gild’s expertise, the artful Tribeca loft emerged a work of art in its own right. Luxe aesthetic, custom designs, rich materials and personalized touches throughout made this space exactly how the client envisioned. Says Bishop, “The client is not one to waste words, so when you receive ‘I like it,’ you know you have succeeded.”
Studio Gild, studiogild.com
Ben Hansen Architect, brharchitect.com
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Primary bedroom rug
Primary bathroom wall tile
Living room sofa, primary bedroom closet system, primary bathroom floor tile
Primary bathroom tub
Dining room ceiling fixture
LUKE LAMP CO.
Living room side table
Photography by: PHOTOGRAPHED BY MIKE SCHWARTZ