The solution was to provide new furnishings in a subtle palette that would create a neutral, quiet backdrop to the colorful, eclectic art collection.
"We chose tailored fabrics for the sofa a worsted wool not unlike men's suiting to retain the crisp, clean lines of the furniture. It is such a linear piece, a softer fabric would have dulled the overall impact," says Rivoli.
Shiny taffeta pillows on the sofa provide a sensuous contrast. Other materials also create a balance between smooth and textured, and hard and soft elements.
To help delineate the spaces within the loft, several walls were painted with a faux finish. Custom rugs and designer light fittings and lamps also help to define the different spaces.
With rather minimal construction, LDa Architects was able to divide the master bedroom in the rear to create a study. A translucent sliding wall, from Italian manufacturer Tre Piu, separates the two rooms, yet allows light to filter through. A similar set of sliding, translucent walls separates the study from the living area.
Interior design projects, such as this one, are just one aspect of the work undertaken by LDa Architects. The firm, based in Cambridge, MA, and comprised of principals Douglas Dick, Treffle LaFleche and staff of architects and interior designers, specializes in the design of academic facilities and private homes.