Moon Rhee and Hey Ja's loft on Rivington Street in NYC makes us want to paint our floors desert-bone white.
We recently caught up with Moon and Hey (they're the founder and creative director of the boutique and fashion/accessories label DEAR:Rivington+) and discovered a compellingly creative couple. Their combined talents, which include interiors, furnishings, and fashion design, culminate in their loft in New York's Chinatown, photographed recently by New York-based Michael Mundy for his site An Afternoon With.
Moon arranges his vast collection of vintage furnishing and objects, accumulated over the past sixteen years, in unexpected ways—their juxtapositions, whether visual, narrative, or both, feature a richness based on the sheer depth of his collection. "I have always been interested in decoration," he says, "I acquired too much and had nowhere to put it all." (It's no mystery that he's in the secret address book of every in-the-know theater, film, and retail production scout; including J Crew, Ralph Lauren, and Tommy Hilfiger). To tour the couple's shop, go to DEAR:Rivington+Living.
Photography by Michael Mundy (to see more, go to An Afternoon With).
Above: The simple rustic plank wood dining table is a neutral backdrop for Moon and Hey's curiosities; a pair of Koushi lamps by Mark Eden Schooley hovers above the table.
Above: The original pressed tin ceiling is typical of buildings in downtown Manhattan, which were commercial buildings in a previous life.
Above: A composition of vintage objects has been curated through color and shape.
Above: All the surfaces of the loft have been painted white providing a blank canvas for the display of objects.
Above: A collection of family photos through the years are unified in modern black frames and juxtaposed with a vintage camera.
Above: A vintage coffee bean grinder and temple bell.
Above: Antique clothing on display from the couple's collection.
Above: A rocking chair upholstered in vintage money bag.
Above: For more information see DEAR:Rivington+Living.
N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on February 17, 2012.