Loft Peeping: Magnus & Nina Barnieh Blair

The Cut featured the loft of interior designer Nina Barnieh Blair and her husband, Magnus, and their two kids. (TC got a few bonus photos so don’t click away just yet.)

They moved from London in 2007: “They found a 2,000-square-foot loft in a grand, cast-iron building from 1861 on White Street in Tribeca that had everything going for it—except light.” They waited four years to solve that problem with a thorough renovation, with help from Demetrios Comodromos and Reese Campbell of Method Design. A few points worth noting:

••• “She solved the [lack of light] problem by replacing solid walls with ten-foot-high glass walls and doors, which allow the light from the corner guest room to flood the office and the rest of the loft.

••• The walls are exclusively white, with pops of color added via the furniture (including “Donna Wilson’s hand-knitted Motley ottoman,” a red Poltrona Frau sofa); textiles (“Blair’s collection of African Dutch wax-print cushions,” indigo pillows from Mali); and art (a painting by Ablade Glover, a Warhol Volkswagen print).

••• “The biggest design feat was opening up the outdated kitchen, which had been boxed in behind a wall, hiding the beautiful original Corinthian columns. […] The ceiling was dropped to delineate the space from the rest of the open floor.”

••• The master bath was enlarged by absorbing an unnecessary closet—and revealing a dramatic column.

••• Of local note: Two Jorge Zalszupin chairs from Espasso; bedside lights by Ingo Maurer (master bedroom) and Tom Dixon (guest bedroom); Vitsoe shelving in the library; the Valcucine kitchen; Flou Italia bed in the guest room.

Click on a photo to get a better look. The Cut’s text is by Wendy Goodman, and the photographs are by Amy Barkow/Barkow Photo.

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Raft Loft
Art collectors at 100 Barclay
Paula Wagner & Rick Nicita
Sterling Mason Bachelor Pad


1 Comment

  1. Love the glass walls – welcome to the neighborhood!