As living spaces get tasked with the changing needs of work-from-home life, this artist required a new, separated area for private functions within his fully open loft.
Rather than further blurring boundaries between work and rest, we decided to reinforce them by creating a distinct mezzanine structure for changing, sleeping, and having intimate moments. The result is a contemporary take on the boudoir: whereas the Victorian boudoir was typically a place for women to dress, our 21st century iteration is a gender neutral space for regeneration. It invites the artist to ignore the endless inbound of interruptions through technology, and instead refocus his thoughts and harness his creativity.
A low-tech design that is well proportioned and expertly hand-crafted helps to inspire an atmosphere of mindfulness. It is fabricated on-site out of cherry plywood, stained a rich olive green evoking a calming feeling of being amidst trees. Abundant storage is incorporated on the perimeter to reduce clutter; only objects that are meaningful remain proudly exposed for the artist’s enjoyment. A sheer curtain pulls the interior of the space out of view from the rest of the loft in the day, and glows with shadows at night. A stainless steel shaft emerges from the ceiling and reveals a stair that gives access to the bed located on the second level.
Le Saint offers the artist a daily haven and inspires us to believe that the boudoir reimagined is perhaps more relevant than ever.