If the number of new developments that have sprung up across the city is any indication, the residential loft trend is alive and well--not only among the urban 20-somethings, but also adventurous baby boomers, especially empty-nesters. As with everything they do, baby boomers are putting their own unique stamp on these spaces for a look that’s a far cry from the spare and cold loft aesthetic of yesterday. Here are a few of our favorite furnishings, each perfect for a mature version of standard loft décor.
Metropolitan Artist Lofts Open
The Metropolitan Building at 500 N. Grand Blvd. in the Grand Center district officially re-opened in August as the Metropolitan Artist Lofts. The goal: to make Metropolitan Artist Lofts the epicenter of inspiration, creativity and artistic collaboration in St. Louis. The newly renovated building in the Midtown historic district houses 72 live/work lofts with one- and two-bedroom floor plans, extra-tall ceilings and large windows that offer wonderful views of the city. There also are four on-property studios, including a painting and drawing studio, pottery studio and dance studio. In addition to organizations and foundations that contribute to the arts and/or support artists, developers say ideal tenants are those who are involved in:
•Fine art: painting, drawing, sculpture, book art and prints.
•Imaginative works: aesthetic literature, costume design, photography, music composition and architecture.
•Functional art or crafts: jewelry, rugs, decorative items, furniture, pottery, toys and quilts.
•Performance: vocals, music, dance, acting and other performance art.
•Media: radio, film, television, multi-media, cyber-art and animation.
•Design: graphic design, interior design, aesthetic product design, package design and set design.
For more information on the Metropolitan Artist Lofts or to be considered for inclusion in the new development, visit metropolitanartistlofts.com
Are you tired of rooms filled with overstuffed sofas big enough to house a family of five? Are you looking for smaller streamlined designs such as those inspired by the Mid-Century Modern movement? If so, you need to know about David Deatherage, an interior designer and the talent behind Century Design Ltd. (centurydesignltd.com), the online gallery specializing in vintage modern designs selected for their quality, elegance and decorative appeal.
Deatherage is a St. Louis native and engineer by training who fell into design quite by accident, thanks to a discerning eye and a passion for modern design. During and after college, he experimented with variations of 20th-century modern, including French Art Deco, American industrial, of the 1930s, and Hollywood glamour, in his personal dwellings.
“I learned that when I wanted to change my interior, I could sell what I had collected and that organically turned into a business of selling vintage furniture,” Deatherage explains. “My design business has been much the same. Friends and associates have seen my interiors and wanted assistance with theirs. In addition, selling vintage furniture for many years has put me in contact with the who's who of the interior design world, including Nate Berkus, Fox-Nahem, Thad Hayes, Kelly Wearstler and David Kleinberg, and that interface has certainly influenced me.”
Deatherage’s most recent projects include the 2012 Ladue News Show House, which was designed in 1960 by William Bernoudy, and an art consultant’s apartment in York House on Lindell Boulevard. Deatherage also played a role in the creation of Splash’s interior decor when the retailer moved its new location in Ladue.
“I enjoy the design process so much and often think of several ways of doing a room,” he explains. “I don't impose my preferences on the client, but enjoy bringing to life a concept and problem-solving a challenge. I always say I do my best work in bed. Ideas often come to me in my sleep, and I jot them down when I wake up in the morning.”
The Big Book of Chic Debuts this October
Design aficionados will want to make room on their bookshelves and coffee tables for the lavishly illustrated design tome, The Big Book of Chic, debuting this month from Assouline. The 300-page book features 150 photographs detailing the work of interior designer Miles Redd, who is known for his quirky brand of cozy glamour. Redd’s unique aesthetic is characterized by a playful mélange of high and low, whimsical splashes of color and modern design gestures. Drawing on inspirations ranging from Cecil Beaton photographs to René Gruau illustrations, Redd has crafted interiors for a wide array of venues. His trademark approach to design infuses rooms with boldness, fantasy and sophistication, which is beautifully illustrated in his book.
Redd embarked on his interior design career after graduating from New York University, honing his skills with luminary antiques dealer John Rosselli and legendary decorator Bunny Williams. In 1998, he opened his own design firm in Manhattan. In addition, he has been the creative director of Oscar de la Renta Home since 2003. The Big Book of Chic provides a glimpse into the inspirations that fuel Redd, and focuses on the pleasures of living life in a beautiful way. It includes a wide range of projects, from Redd’s own town house and beach house to projects in Houston, Atlanta, Millbrook and Locust Valley. The new volume will be an inspiration for anyone interested in spirited and eclectic design.
Byron Cade Relocates after 70 Years
Luxury china, silver and crystal retailer Bryon Cade closed the doors to its Clayton store in late September after 70 years at the same location. The company reopens this month at the Mason Woods Village shopping center on Mason Road in Town &Country. In the process, owners Bob and Nancy Bischoff are downsizing from 5,000 to 2,900 square feet of retail space, citing changes in customer shopping patterns and the bridal registry business.
Byron Cade Inc. was established on Clayton Road in the early 1920s by founder Byron Cade as a floral business. In the early 1940s, it transitioned to a gift and home accents store and was regarded as St. Louis’ premier retailer of fine gifts and wedding registry services. The store quickly became the source for the finest brands, including Herend, Waterford, Wedgewood and Reed & Barton. Part of the cache for customers and brides who registered with the retailer was that the purchase of a Byron Cade gift included complimentary gift wrapping and local delivery in the company’s trademark black and gold van. Both of these amenities will be offered at the new location.
The Fur & Leather Centre, formerly located on Lindbergh Boulevard, is buying the former Byron Cade building and will operate its retail business from the new location after renovation of the space is complete.