Publication Date: November 1, 1998
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The loft is increasingly the residential image most identified with New York. Originally popularized by artists and designers, the enormous raw spaces, most often in old industrial buildings in lower Manhattan, have been laboratories for the creativity of architects. Some of the most striking and important residential design of the latter part of the twentieth century has been created for lofts.
Celebrated design arbiter Mayer Rus has had unparalleled access to the most exceptional new projects. He has gathered a great variety of architects and designers -- all widely published in popular and trade magazines -- for the book: Henry Smith-Miller and Laurie Hawkinson, Peter Stamberg and Paul Aferiat, Architecture Research Office, and Deborah Berke. Paul Warchol's exquisite photographs, most taken especially for this volume, capture not only the design and details but the qualities of light, context, and history that make each loft unique. The engaging text highlights the designers, owners, and their residences, in addition to evoking the dramatic qualities of loft living.
Mayer Rus is the design editor of House & Garden and the former editor of Interior Design; he has also written for Vogue, Mirabella, Elle, the Village Voice, and Out.
Paul Warchol was educated at Cooper Union and worked for Ezra Stoller. His work has been featured in Architectural Record, Interior Design, Elle Decor, and Architectural Digest, as well as many international publications, and exhibited in New York and Washington.