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Tour 7 New York Loft Apartments That Epitomize Downtown Cool

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After touring a potential client’s penthouse loft in SoHo to discuss whether it would go on the market in late 2019, Steve Gold, celebrity real estate agent and star of Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing New York, finally got to the point. “When I left, I finally said, ‘I’m happy to sell it for you, but I’ll also buy it from you,'” he recalled.

The potential client, it turned out, was New York gallery owner Sean Kelly, who had lived in the top-floor property for more than twenty years. “My girlfriend, Luiza, and I were pregnant with our daughter, Rose, and I was living in a really cool project in Chelsea, but was thinking about getting a bigger space,” says Gold. “I see a lot of places — all the time — and this had incredible bone and proportion, and I saw the potential.” As penthouse lofts pile up, this particular property, which measures approximately 3,400 square feet, has three exposures instead of the usual two, including a nearly 50-foot wall of south-facing windows overlooking the scenic cobblestones below.

With the help of longtime friend and frequent collaborator, interior designer Samuel Amoia, the pair completely transformed the energy and flow of the expansive, well-lit space. “Steve has a very modernist aesthetic,” explains Amoia. “He wanted this to translate into space without sacrificing all the great things about having one [SoHo] attic – high ceilings, exposed beams and incredible windows.’ -David Nash

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Tomei used a table to create an elegant divider between the living and dining areas of the loft. The antique marble surround of the fireplace was found at an estate sale in Amsterdam.

Photo: Gieves Anderson

Michael Tomei was beaming as he signed up for our interview from his New York City apartment. His genius for infusing modern interiors with furnishings with a rich patina is evident in his meticulously designed 2,100-square-foot two-bedroom loft that he shares with his partner, Peter, and a rescue dog named Huxley.

Renovating the space in a century-old warehouse in Manhattan’s NoHo neighborhood meant a major shift in gear for Tomei, who has come up with in-store displays and fashion shows for brands like Calvin Klein, Balenciaga, and Lanvin. Opening Michael Vincent Design in 2019 allowed him to devote his energies to salvaging old buildings and worn-out furniture, and – not to mention binge-watching BBC films from the period for inspiration. “If they have a powdered face and a wig on, or if the men are prettier than the women, I’m in,” he jokes. —Anne Quito

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Schuster created a “raw but lofty” atmosphere. Her ability to combine vintage and contemporary furniture is evident in the house’s drawing room, which is part of an open reception area. The folding screen in the corner is an Art Deco design from the 1940s; the modern coffee table, from May Furniture, is made of wood treated to look like stone; the Jean-Michel Frank style club chairs were upholstered in a delicate floral jacquard by Pierre Frey; the alabaster sofa and daybed are by Dmitriy & Co. In the back we see a Slim Aarons photo of Mick Jagger over a Swedish Gustavian box from Laserow.

Photo: Douglas Friedman