All That Glitters
A tiny Leather District loft offers a lesson in smart design.
Thirteen years after buying his 994-square-foot loft, Michael Wong decided it was time for a change, in the form of a reimagined kitchen and a more-luxurious look throughout. Here, interior designer Michael Ferzoco of Eleven Interiors details how he works with petite spaces like Wongâ€™s to make them look positively grand.
LET IT SHINE
Ferzoco likes to brighten up dark spaces with reflective surfaces. In Wongâ€™s dining room, he positioned two mirrored pieces across from each other: a Horchow console and an 1800s Scandinavian armoire with mirrored doors that Wong had purchased from old friends many years ago. Chrome and stainless steel finds, including a marble-topped Minotti cocktail table, LEM â€śPistonâ€ť stools from Design Within Reach, and a Marcel Breuer â€śWassilyâ€ť chair that Wong found on the street, provide additional shine.
Clutter and poorly scaled furnishings can make a small space feel even smaller. Ferzoco helped his client pare down his collection to get the right look, keeping a treasured pair of midcentury-modern leather-and-wood armchairs that Wong had picked up at a tag sale in Texas, but replacing a Noguchi sofa knockoff with two new Minotti â€śHamiltonâ€ť sofas from the Morson Collection.
LAYER THE LIGHT
Various light sources work together to create a compelling ambiance. In Wongâ€™s living room, the mobilelike â€śCrescendoâ€ť chandelier by Tech Lighting provides overall illumination. Itâ€™s complemented by Bruch suspended track lighting, which Ferzoco positioned to highlight Wongâ€™s artwork. Strategically placed Lucite table lamps (an eBay score), paired with one-of-a-kind metal lamps from a Provincetown gallery, are used for reading.
GO GLAM EVERYWHERE
It pays to be daring in tight quarters, Ferzoco says. A prime example is the midcentury J. T. Kalmar chandelierâ€”found in a consignment shop in Germanyâ€”that serves as the centerpiece of Wongâ€™s custom kitchen. Its two tiers of textured crystal panels reflect the glossy cabinetry, Caesarstone-topped island, and emerald-green-and-gold Bisazza mosaic-tile backsplash.
LIMIT THE PALETTE
Itâ€™s important to create a uniform color scheme when working in smaller spaces, Ferzoco says. With the exception of the entrywayâ€”which is done in Venetian plaster and painted with Benjamin Moore â€śWengeâ€ťâ€”all of the walls were painted with Benjamin Moore â€śWhite Heron,â€ť and all of the floors were finished with a deep walnut stain. â€śWhen you walk down the dark hall, the room ahead just opens right up,â€ť says Ferzoco.
Source URL: http://www.bostonmagazine.com/home-design/article/2013/09/10/michael-ferzoco-eleven-interiors-small-space-design/