Worrell Yeung + Colony team up to transform historic New York loft

Brooklyn-based architecture firm Worrel Yeung and Colonycooperative gallery, design studio and strategy firm founded by John Lin, paired to transform a historic loft overlooking Union Square in New York City. The project included renovating the triangular-shaped 3,000 square foot space into a contemporary residence suitable for its owners, one of whom is a concert violinist, which can also serve as a recital space to entertain guests.

The loft takes up an entire floor where Worrell Yeung worked with his fundamental geometries and classic materials to revitalize the space. The layout now offers a breathtaking view of the 14 north-west facing windows creating a real open and bright loft. “The apartment wasn’t in terrible condition, but it certainly wasn’t inspiring or thoughtfully designed either,” says Max Worrell, co-director of Worrell Yeung. “We started by exploring strategies that highlighted the distinct nature of the loft, expressing original elements.” With the space open, the architects designed a series of unique volumes that help define the spaces, including a bespoke metal screen/bookcase near the front door and a circular bathroom.

Working with design by Worrell Yeung, Colony elevated the loft into an elegant home through the use of texture, pattern and color. “Worrell Yeung designed an open, airy and ultimately monumental space, which we juxtaposed with furnishings and interiors that lend themselves to the house’s smaller signatures,” explains Jean Lin, founder and creative director of Colony. “We worked to create layers of texture, color and comfort, while embracing the open nature of the loft.”

Colony infused plenty of seating by the Mason & Hamlin grand piano, including a moss-green Bristol sofa by Poliform, a Gentry sofa by Moroso, and a Seal chair by Brdr Petersen (via FAIR), surrounding a Lania circular rug by Woven.

A multifunctional den can be closed off with sliding metal and glass doors, which hide behind the entry bookcase when opened.

In the den, which doubles as a home office, a Wishbone chair by Carl Hansen is paired with a black desk.

In the hallway leading to the private bedrooms, a cylindrical wet room opens to reveal sage Mutina Biscuit ceramic tiles and a single slab of forest green Cipollino Apuano on the floor.

At the narrow end of the triangular layout, the master bedroom features a green Dubois bed by De La Espada with smoked glass Crux pendant lights by Allied Maker (via Colony) on the sides. Tonal Precipice – Alpamayo wallpaper from Flat Vernacular (via Colony) adds texture to walls.

The master bathroom also features a curved wall in the shower, which is clad in white Mutina Biscuit ceramic tiles.

The second bedroom, which doubles as an office and rehearsal space, houses a striped Arc lounge chair by Moving Mountains (via Colony) and Coven Wallpaper by House C (via Temple Studio).

The Union Square Loft marks the second collaboration between Worrell Yeung and Colony. “As our partnership with Worrell Yeung grows, so does our vernacular design,” says Lin. “We continue to explore the imposed boundaries between architecture, interior design and furniture, and strive as a team to exceed expectations while creating a home for our clients.”

Jean Lin of Colony, Jejon Yeung and Max Worrell of Worrell Yeung

Architecture: Worrell Yeung (Max Worrell, Jejon Yeung, Yunchao Le and Beatriz de Uña Bóveda)
Interior design : Jean Lin de Colonie
Photography: Brooke Holm
Lighting designer: Lighting workshop
Service provider: Building of Bednarz
Mechanical, electrical, plumbing engineer: Charles G. Michel Engineering, PC structural engineer: Craft Engineering Studio
Audio / Visual: Sound & Vision Matrix
Flooring: Madeira
Stone supplier: DOWN Stone
Mutina Biscuit Tiles: source of stone
The Windows: Skyline–Kolbe windows
Bathroom plumbing fixtures: Fantini AF/21
Plaster work: Naughbert Plaster

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found looking for vintage merchandise, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen or reworking playlists on Spotify.

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