"Surfaces and furnishings were chosen to create a crisp, clean look. I also wanted to enhance the sense of a spacious loft," he says. "The Ardex floors, for example, provide the look of polished concrete."
Walls in the main living areas are painted in a high-gloss white, chosen for its reflective quality. Several large art works, including a vibrant red painting in the entrance hall, provide a strong colour contrast and set the tone for the interior.
"It is a very bold colour palette," says Barman. "But limiting the colours to mainly red and white, and adding chrome, glass and similar reflective materials, helps to create that crisp, clean look. The art also provides a contemporary, gallery feel, which goes with the whole loft concept."
Furniture in the main living area includes modern classics such as thered Barcelona chairs and an Arne Jacobsen Egg chair. Other pieces, including the charcoal-coloured couch and shiny, red leather cushions, were designed by Barman. A diverse collection of red-colouredglassware sits on a clear glass coffee table, chosen to allow an uninterruptedview of a large, customised rug, also designed by Barman.
On one wall of the living area, a large, bubble mirror bounces distorted images around the room, adding to the glitzy ambiance. Vintage Italian wall lights, a Parsinger stainless steel cabinet from the '70s, and clear, Lucite dining chairs are further retro elements. To provide some privacy and filter the natural light in the room, Barman added chrome bead curtains, which are a permanent feature of the room.
"There are a lot of windows in the apartment and it was quite a challenge positioning the furniture," says Barman. "As well as dealing with the amount of light coming in, it was important to maximise the view and not interfere with the streamlined look of the apartment."