[Decor] Loft for easy living


The living area of Winsome Brown and Claude Arpels’s Manhattan loft, designed by Lee Mindel of Shelton, Mindel & Assoc. A pair of Pierre Guarich armchairs flanks a cocktail table by Poul Kjaerholm; the sofas, upholstered in a Kvadrat wool, and felt ottomans are by Paola Lenti. The rug is Irish, and the green throw is by Tomas Maier.

Brown and Arpels with their daughters, Philomena, left, and Maud.

A Poul Kjaerholm dining table is surrounded by vintage Jean Prouvé chairs that have been reupholstered in a Rogers & Goffigon linen; the cabinet is custom made.

In the kitchen, cabinets by Forster, a Wolf range and hood, a Sub-Zero refrigerator, and Dornbracht sink fittings; the light fixtures are by Arne Jacobsen, and the barstools are by Alvar Aalto.

A series of self-portraits by André Gregory in the dining area.

Drawings by Mahmoud Hamadani hang above a custom-made cabinet.

In the library, an Arne Vodder chaise longue, a Hans Wegner armchair upholstered in a Rogers & Goffigon fabric, and a custom-made plaid rug; the fireplace surround and sliding panel are of blackened metal, and the television is by Samsung.

The children’s room features custom-made bunk beds, IKEA bedding, and a table and chair by Alvar Aalto.

In the master bedroom, the bed linens are by Pratesi, the throw is by Hermès, and the rug is by V’Soske; an armchair that belonged to Arpels’s grandmother is paired with a Jansen side table, the photogram is by Adam Fuss, and the wall lamp above the desk is 1950s French.

The dining and living areas are separated by a large shelving unit.

A photogram by Adam Fuss in the living area; the Beaubourg chair is by Michel Cadestin and Georges Laurent.

Low, built-in shelving runs along the windows in the living and dining areas.

A view from the dining area into the playroom, which can be closed off with a partition wall.

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