A Modern, Light-Filled Duplex Loft in Manhattan

Designed for a family of four, the Wadia Residence is a 3,000-square-foot duplex loft located in the Flatiron District in Manhattan. The white, light-filled space was designed by Resolution: 4 Architecture (RES4) to be kid-friendly, despite its clean, contemporary appearance. The client kept their hands in the design process, even designing the dining room table and creating the artwork found in the main bedroom, powder room, and some in the kids’ bedrooms.

The white surfaces bounce natural light that enters in through the walls of windows on the south and east sides. The living room and dining room remain bright with muted furnishings and light woods, as well as plenty of open space for play. Cleverly hidden storage is tucked away in a wall-mounted bench that runs the length of the south wall.

Down the sculptural spiral staircase is an open play space for the kids with a wall of concealed storage closets for all of the family’s things. In addition to the playroom, the bedrooms can be found on the lower level.

Some all-white spaces can feel stark and clinical, but not here. This bedroom, for instance, is given personality via a wall of brightly colored artwork by the homeowner.

The two kids’ bedrooms are also white but definitely not boring as each is given a signature color of red or blue.

Photos by Resolution: 4 Architecture (RES4).

Caroline Williamson is Editor-in-Chief of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.