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THERE IS A SHOP IN NEW YORK CITY, The Apartment, by The Line, on SoHo’s Greene Street, that is the online shop’s offline home. What is special about the space is that is staged as an actual NYC apartment,”a carefully considered canvas for a life well-lived”.
The Apartment’s own story dates to 1872, when 76 Greene Street was just an eye-poppingly intricate sketch on the drawing board of Isaac F. Duckworth. A master of cast-iron architecture, he looked to the eclectic baroque of the Second Empire to design a “commercial palace” worthy of the flourishing dry goods company owned by Gardner Colby (whose name lives on in the Maine college he endowed). The building changed hands many times as the New York neighborhood of SoHo grew and transformed around it.
Nearly 150 years after the building first opened for business, its third floor has been reborn as the light-filled home of a discerning woman who appreciates a finely tailored jacket as much as a bespoke velvet sofa. The airy yet cozy living room, bounded on one side by an original Corinthian column and on another by a wall of large windows, is a considered collection of textures, forms, and eras. One area is designed for conversation, while a sculptural window seat offers a contemplative perch overlooking the ever-changing city.
In the dining room, a custom marble table is a horizontal counterpoint to the loft’s high ceilings. The smooth, unsealed stone tabletop also draws the eye to the curiosities and photographs that line one side of the space. Illuminating the space are five hand-blown glass chandeliers designed by Jan Plechác and Henry Wielgus for Lasvit. Their “Neverending Glory” collection is inspired by chandeliers from five of the world’s major opera houses: the Metropolitan Opera, the Palais Garnier, La Scala, the Estates Theatre in Prague, and the Bolshoi Theatre.
The lacquered box of a walk-in closet is part inner sanctum, part loft divider. The intimately scaled interior, filled with pieces by the likes of Reed Krakoff, Christophe Lemaire, and Protagonist, gains warmth through a mix of exotic textures and personal touches, from a Moroccan rug and a tufted leather bench to a nook of favorite fragrances and antique metal boxes that date to Japan’s Meiji period.
Visitors are beckoned to the library and beyond by an eclectic range of vintage and new books. The evolving collection of reading material, including a selection of stunning volumes by Assouline, Phaidon, and Taschen, is bracketed by streamlined furniture that creates an interplay of horizontal and vertical lines along with metal, glass, lacquer, and leather surfaces.
Afforded a measure of privacy by the walk-in closet, the bedroom takes full advantage of The Apartment’s eastern exposure. Morning light streams through the large windows to illuminate the most personal space of the home, furnished with timeless, versatile pieces that favor bold forms and materials that celebrate rather than conceal their histories.