For some time now, the work of designer Daniel Sachs and architect Kevin Lindores has been stopping us in our tracks. At their New York City firm Sachs Lindores, the duo specializes in complete-picture design—meaning that no detail is left to chance. That level of attention shows in the results, which are as thrilling and evocative as the best stage sets.
Today we're featuring a collaborative project: adjoining lofts on the Bowery that Simrel Achenbach of Brooklyn design-build firm Desciencelab combined and recast for star fashion photographers Inez von Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin; Daniel Sachs then joined the team to help furnish and decorate the 3,400-square-foot space. What had been a series of white boxes is now a sophisticated-rustic home sweet home, soaring ceilings and knotty pine paneling included.
Above: A wall of wooden bookshelves holds the couple's vast book collection and showcases favorite art. Achenbach has a background as a fine woodworker and is responsible for the millwork throughout.
Above: "Inez and Vinoodh use sets and props for their work and have very strong ideas," Sachs says. "The project became very collaborative in a great way"—and led to unexpected choices, such as a pairing of Moroccan and Uzbek rugs, and an Isamu Noguchi Akari globe light to ground the 17-foot-tall space. See the globe light at work in other spaces in 5 Quick Fixes: Oversize Noguchi Lanterns.
Above: Blocks of color create an abstract expressionist-like look in one end of the living room, with a pink-cushioned sofa that Achenbach and Sachs designed together. The crocheted Mushroom Pouffe is by Dutch designer Anne-Claire Petit. Above the dining and kitchen area, Achenbach expanded an existing mezzanine to create second-floor bedrooms for the couple and their young son.
Above: A painted brick wall and low, wood-paneled ceiling lends a coziness to the dining area. The black walnut table was a group design that Achenbach built. A Roy McMakin chair stands at the head of the table, joined by vintage Charlotte Perriand rush seats.
Above: Achenbach custom-built all of the kitchen cabinetry in bleached alderwood
Above: The design has a pleasing geometric rigor—a jigsaw puzzle with every piece in place.
Above: An alcove off the dining area is the perfect spot to collapse at the end of the day. The dark wood armchairs are rare vintage Perriand designs inspired by work she did with Le Corbusier.
Above: Folksy knotty pine gets its moment in the big city. Sachs cushioned the built-in sofa with a custom mattress from Charles H. Beckley and pillows in Colefax and Fowler fabric. Inez and Vinoodh added the luxurious sheepskin throw.
Above: A red Clay Dining Chair by Dutch designer Maarten Baas.
Above: A floral upholstered wall serves as a headboard and room divider in the master bedroom. Vinoodh's closet is behind the bed. Natural light comes into the windowless room via sliding panels that open to the main room. The bentwood rocker is an antique.
Above: The master bath's red cedar vanity echoes the lines of the kitchen cabinetry. The faucets are by Boffi. Heath Ceramics matte brown wall tiles—"so brown they're almost black," Sachs says—and a towel ladder drive home the organic and glamorous city-country theme.
Above: Floral towels from Porthault.
And don't forget: Voting is now under way for the 2014 Remodelista and Gardenista Considered Design Awards. You can vote for the finalists every day until this Saturday, August 8. Winners will be announced on August 9.