Loft of Curiosities


Upon first glance this appears to be a nice modern apartment in New York’s TriBeCa neighborhood but then one notices the Chinese wax heads under glass and the feeling sinks in that normal was left on the street below. The oddities certainly do not end here, take for instance the giant ear on the dining table, the artificial leg in the entryway, the giant metal clown head (that also serves as a cat bed), a generous sprinkling of taxidermy throughout, and you have a very interesting aesthetic.

The apartment is home to photographer Arne Svenson and interior designer Charles Burkhalter who have honed the style of the loft over their 34 years together but it is primarily Mr. Svenson who has collected these oddities. At Mr. Burkhalter’s insistence, you will not see any taxidermy in the master bedroom, and he adds that there was a time when he “slept with one eye open”.    pb

Spotted on Planete Deco


7 Responses to “Loft of Curiosities”

  1. Pam, this place is fantastic. I love the reflection of the ribbons in powder room. Nice touch! I also love the cat pics in the dining room area. Funny poses. Another great idea. Plus, the loft plenty-o-natural light. Another dream flat. T.

  2. What an inspiring home! I love all the unique and eclectic details. I have to agree with the above, also love the cats!

  3. very cool < and nice that they have edited well and still have room for living !!!!

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