When the pair began hunting for a home in New York a few years ago, in advance of their September 2013 wedding, the goal was to find someplace warm and full of character. The search eventually led them to a loft like one-bedroom in a historic building on the border of Little Italy and NoLIta. Whereas natural light is typically a priority for prospective buyers, Legend and Teigen were immediately drawn to the unit’s dark, moody atmosphere. “We tend to look for the opposite of what most people want,” Legend says during a recent visit to the residence, which the couple share with their three bulldogs, Pippa, Penny, and Puddy. Gesturing to the brick wall just outside the kitchen window, Teigen adds, “I absolutely love this. I’d rather have a wall than a view of the Empire State Building.”
In the dining area, a steel wall serves as the backdrop for a mixed-media work by Mike Weber, a bronze bureau by BDDW, and an Aldo Bakker sculpture. Beneath a light fixture by Ochre, Ted Muehling candlesticks from BDDW cluster on a table from Lucca Antiques; the chairs were custom made by Stewart.
A Donald Sultan painting surmounts a chest of drawers in the living area, while a framed Polly Borland tapestry hangs on the wall at far left; the dark leather armchairs are vintage Arne Norell designs from Emmerson Troop, the bronze side tables are by Stephanie Odegard Collection, and the carpet is by Doris Leslie Blau.
Pendant lights by Early Electrics are suspended above a bronze-clad island in the kitchen, where cabinetry designed by Don Stewart meets a custom-made backsplash by Mosaic Sphere Studio; the cooktop is by Bertazzoni, and the stools are by Anna Karlin from Atelier Courbet.
In an alcove off the living area, a Lynne Mapp Drexler painting makes a splash against a wall of reclaimed wood; the piano is by Tamaha, and the wing chair and bronze side table are by BDDW.
A 19th-century gilded-leather screen from Dmitriy & Co. spans one of the bedroom walls; the 1970s chandelier is from Lucca Antiques, the bed is from Siglo Moderno, the green silk coverlet is by Frette, and the carpet is from Doris Leslie Blau.
Images and text via: Architectural Digest