sneak peek: andrew + heather wagner


our first sneak peek of the day features the 800-square-foot tribeca loft of andrew and heather wagner. the couple – andrew is the editor in chief of american craft magazine, and heather, a soon to be published author with her book, friend or faux, to be released by quirk books in spring 2009 – was lucky to find this 1865 converted silk factory apartment when they moved from san francisco in 2006 (never mind the 72 stairs required to get up to the fourth floor walk up). thanks to andrew and heather for sharing their home! you can click here to see additional, full-sized images, and stay tuned at 1 pm for our second sneak peek of the day. - anne

[above: Once you get past Happy Dog and through the front door all the stairs seem worth it. The ceilings are approximately 12 feet tall and there are three north facing eight foot tall windows. Heather made the curtains from fabric purchased at one of the many fabric stores in the area. They serve to visually separate the space (though sadly not aurally) and when pulled, create a “guest room” for visitors.]

[The breakfast nook with Brio adjustable café table from Design Within Reach and bar stools by Jasper Morrison from Cappellini.]

[The orange Cubits bookshelf is by Doron Lachisch from Design Within Reach. Andrew hopes to resurrect his music career someday. The Amp is Music Man and the guitar is a Rickenbacker. On the wall (from left to right) is a map of Brooklyn from the 1800s, a wedding gift from a friend; photos by friend, artist Halsey Rodman; a photo by Catherine Ledner from Dwell magazine; and a photo by Todd Hido, a gift from a friend. On top of the Music Man amp is a painting by Luke Cavagnac a gift to Andrew from Heather for his birthday.]

[The sitting room features these amazing blue chairs inherited from Heather’s grandmother, Jean Bradley.]

[The 10-foot-by-10-foot-by-15-foot cube is one of the most interesting and ingenious aspects of the loft. Added to the space in the 1970s by the landlord, architect Richard Hamner, the cube serves to create separate rooms—the foyer, living room, dining room, kitchen, bedroom, office and walk-in closet—in what would otherwise be an open plan loft. The workhorse dining table was purchased from an old roommate in San Francisco. Thankfully it made the trip east! The chairs are by Mario Bellini.]

[The kitchen is carved out of the west side of the cube. The floor tiles are by FLOR. Around on the east side of the cube is a makeshift bookshelf.]


Lovely to see your place Andrew. How is the East coast treating ya?

Its Kelly from the LIMN days.
p.s. We’re coming out for the ICFF


Wow…those blue chairs are fabulous! I love the common thread of color pops throughout.

Andrew Wagner

Thanks everyone for the comments. Anne and Grace made our photos looks much better than they are but the apartment is grand and I’m always amazed at how many different, interesting things keep popping up. Anyhow, Kelly, would love to see you out here during ICFF. We (the American Craft Council) are putting on a great little lecture series beginning on May 15th that maybe you could make it to. Anyone is welcome of course! Look here for more info! Hope to see you all soon…

Chelsea Holden Baker

Oh please add a photo of your lovely bathroom! The tile color is too cool to miss.

I’m so happy to this on here- it’s difficult to describe “The Cube”. It is amazing that you have a loft (and all the wonderful characteristics that come with it), but that it feels cozy!


What would make this already charming loft perfect is some lavender+neutral paint on the walls. The bar stools are really fabulous.


Wow! I love this loft and want to move in right away!! I am a big fan of making a tiny space feel big and welcoming. Great job.