Insider: Design team brings warmth, functionality and industrial chic to young family’s Dumbo loft


You might know Modern Anthology from hip menswear stores in Dumbo and Cobble Hill, though John Marsala and Becka Citron, creative and business partners who have worked together since 2010, recently closed both stores and reinvented the game. retail of their online business. At the same time, they focused more on interior design services, where they started in the first place. “We were doing design work exclusively before we opened the stores,” Marsala said. “Interiors are always our bread and butter.”

The same industrial-chic look that was prevalent in Modern Anthology stores is evident in this loft, which Marsala and Citron furnished for a young couple who discovered them while shopping at the Jay Street store just before the pandemic. “They loved the aesthetic of the store,” Citron recalls.

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The 2,400-square-foot space began as a mostly open loft in a former industrial building, converted to residential use two decades ago, with exposed brickwork, beefy wooden columns, and two back bedrooms. The couple, who have a small child, “had plans to customize everything from another designer, and that wasn’t the direction they wanted to go, so we did it again,” Marsala said.

The designers built a dividing wall to create a lounge/TV area separate from the main living space, but the focus of the work was to source new furniture, primarily from retail outlets.

To set the tone, they took into account the artwork of the owners. Quirky pieces like a framed print that looks like an optometrist’s eye chart but says “I was young and needed the money” and a vivid, oversized portrait of a woman with piercing eyes were clues. , Citron said, that their customers “didn’t want to play it all safe.

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Brooklyn loft

A Chesterfield-style sofa and a pair of mid-century egg-shaped chairs were from Restoration Hardware.

Eye-catching upholstery enlivens a vintage wingback chair. The back is covered with a plasticized fabric printed with traffic signs, the front with a thin bespoke stripe.

The overdyed vintage rug was from Nomadic Trading Company; the wall lamp is a creation of Serge Mouille.

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Blue vintage chairs and a Saarinen-style pedestal table were enough to create an informal breakfast area.

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Brooklyn dining room

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The dining area is centered on a live table and wire chairs à la Eames from Modernica.

The long hallway leading to the bedrooms has become a gallery of framed photos and artworks, unified by simple wood and metal frames.

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Given the generous square footage, a partial wall was enough to create a separate TV area.

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Brooklyn bedroom

The warmth of natural brick envelops the master bedroom, simply furnished with a bed by Brooklyn-based Uhuru Design, a dresser by Los Angeles-based designer Thomas Bina, and a chandelier by lighting studio Apparatus.

[Photos by Luis Paez]

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