Jessica Helps and Jeff Schnitter of Seven Haus Design created an authentic New York-style loft design for the model suite at Trinity Lofts that not only melds modern style with old industrial motifs but also revs up the fun factor in a space that feels fresh.
“We wanted to bring back what an authentic, raw loft was — we were taking some concepts from 1960s Manhattan and bringing back the interiors to features that are really loft-like while still making it contemporary and fun and colourful,” Helps said.
Helps and Schnitter made research a big part of their design process to help them capture the historical and cultural significance of the neighbourhood intersected by Corktown, Downtown East and the Distillery District.
The orange leather couch is a nod to the leather tanneries in the surrounding area and Helps took a 200-year-old piece of reclaimed barn wood and embedded an authentic piece of railway track into it as an ode to history of the local railways. Giant, polished ball bearings and plenty of other metal touches throughout the suite complete the industrial look.
“We don’t like fussing things up too much, we like to have our finishes speak for themselves. Every piece has a reason and a story for being there,” Helps said.
Hardwood flooring is extended up the main living room wall, adding warmth to the space while the bright, modern kitchen serves as both a practical and pleasurable meeting point.
“It’s a fresh, crisp and inviting look — like you want to hang out there,” Helps said.