Decorating & Design

September 27, 2013

Art-Filled SoHo Loft

Some of the most striking homes we’ve featured in House & Home are the ones where the owners have defied convention and simply created a space they love. This striking SoHo loft — available for just $11 million — is one such home. It’s been the residence and studio of Edwina Sandys, an artist and Winston Churchill’s granddaughter, since 1995. Edwina and her architect husband created this wildly colourful space that’s packed with art. Let’s peek inside.

Looking at one of two great rooms from above makes it pretty obvious why the couple, both in their golden years, are moving out: it’s an enormous space. It feels pretty cavernous, too, thanks to 17-foot ceilings and 11-foot windows. Vaulted brick ceilings are worth craning your neck for; apparently Sandys’s husband only discovered them after deciding to punch through an existing ceiling.

The apartment is divided over two floors, though much of the second storey is open to the first. It’s a bit of an architectural mishmash, with columns and Carrara marble floors running into more industrial elements like exposed pipes and vents. The five-bedroom, five-bath property, which takes up an entire floor, is being sold as one 6,500-square-foot unit, but 1,000 square feet of that could eventually be split off into a separate second apartment.

The space’s lofty, gallery feel is certainly put to good use as a showcase for art. The listing boasts that when you walk in, there’s a “Prince Street-sized art gallery,” which is 15′ x 30′, according to the floor plan. For large or unwieldy installations, make use of the two freight-sized elevators.

I hope that when I’m in my seventies, I’ll be daring enough to soak a hallway in red. (And while I’m at it, I hope to also be selling my apartment for $11 million to fund my retirement to Palm Beach.) Though the building itself dates from 1860, there’s nothing dated, let alone pre-war, about this gorgeous hue.

Could you see yourself living and creating in this massive space?

For another striking red and white space, check out Colomba Fuller’s loft

Photo credits:
1–4: Douglas Elliman