Working with architectural elements is very important in Interior Design. That’s why a rustic loft offers such an opportunity. The exposed brick, concrete floors and exposed beams lay bare the architectural elements that underlie the room. This rustic loft – in Downtown Des Moines – offered that kind of opportunity.
Keeping with the rustic theme, we used the gorgeous Parker sofa from American Leather in a “bomber jacket” inspired leather that shows all of the natural imperfections of the hide — just like the building shows all of the imperfections of construction.
In a loft, where there are few walls, every piece has to function as well as look great. One of their favorite pieces is next to her office space. Its a multi-drawer, industrial warehouse, storage piece that serves their many storage needs – while looking great in the space as well! Another important trick to designing a loft space is to use pieces that have more than one function. The main sofa actually has a built-in bench that we placed next to the fireplace. He was not a big fan of the fireplace. However, instead of being forgotten, it is now an integrated part of the space. Guests really enjoy it!
One of the challenges to designing and living in a loft is the lack of wall space to hang artwork. Since she is a graphic designer, it was fun to lean a graphic industrial styled ampersand (&) sign in the space. The trick is to use large or tall art pieces and just lean against the wall for a casual look. After all, that is what loft living is all about!
FYI: A clearer shot of the Corbin and the extra bench it provided.