Loft Peeping: Winsome Brown and Claude Arpels

Elle Decor‘s June cover story is on the Tribeca loft of Winsome Brown and Claude Arpels. If the name rings a bell, it’s because “Arpels, an entrepreneur, is the son of the famous French jeweler Claude Arpels (who helped run the family’s company, Van Cleef & Arpels, until 1987).” The architect was Lee Mindel of Shelton, Mindel & Associates, who “was inspired by the simplicity and light of a Scandinavian schoolroom to create a backdrop to the artful life this young couple lives, as well as a place that could withstand the cartwheels and paintbrushes of their children […].” The kids aren’t the only ones having a ball: “‘We’re lucky to have so many talented friends,’ says Brown, who envisioned the free-flowing areas as the setting for intimate performance art, such as the recent party they held for their friend George Steel, the general manager of the New York City Opera. ‘We just wheeled the piano out there into the living room,’ she says […]. Then there’s the area she calls the playroom—for kids, dramatists, and dancers alike […]. ‘It’s both a luxury and a necessity to have a room where you can really make a mess.'” It’s so bright and white—I love it, but I bet they go through a lot of Mr. Clean Magic Erasers. There are 14 images in the online slideshow, including the ones below. The text is by Kate Betts and the photos are by William Abranowicz; it was produced by Anita Sarsidi.

P.S. If you come across Tribeca homes featured like this, please email Thanks!


1 Comment

  1. This apartment was on the Friends of Duane Park Tribeca Loft Tour last year. Was the pick of the bunch as far as we were concerned.