austyn zung: a modern NYC studio transformation
With the help of her architect husband, LOFT head designer Austyn Zung converts an abandoned New York City studio into a bright, colorful family home.
Published Dec 14, 2014 11:27 AM
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Seven years ago, Austyn Zung, the head designer for LOFT, and her husband, Filipe Pereira, were scouring the city for a home where they could make a fresh start. “We were looking for a raw, open space,” recalls Zung, “that we could tailor to the needs of our family.”
Their solution arrived with the discovery of a neglected SoHo studio located inside a former factory. After securing the 2,000-square-foot space, which had been left untouched for three decades, Pereira, an architect, converted it into a two-bedroom home boasting a library, a dining area, and a gourmet kitchen.
A limestone dining table with a brass pedestal (designed by Pereira) rests beneath a hanging burlap lamp. WALLCOLOR Stonington Gray by Benjamin Moore; PENDANT Cara, mecox.com; CHAIRS: Brno by Mies van der Rohe, knoll.com; ARTWORK “bbul bada” by Hyunmee Lee, cherylhazan.com
Despite the gut renovation, the couple aimed to preserve the loft’s original spirit by incorporating oversize windows, natural wood flooring, and brass moldings throughout.
Aside from their aesthetic value, these elements help ensure the fluidity of the interiors. “They keep the space feeling light and free,” says Zung, “and never formulaic.”
After spending decades in the fashion industry, Zung has learned a thing or two about blending styles. “The only real rule is that there are no rules,” she says. “It’s all about combining the different looks that speak to you and keep you inspired.”
In her own home, contemporary photography is hung beside vintage portraits, while abundant organic elements and natural lighting create a distinctly modern ambience.
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