julie torres moskovitz, principal of fabrica 718 in brooklyn, is an architect who teaches sustainable design in the interior design department at pratt institute where she is a visiting assistant professor. today we have a great look into her williamsburg, brooklyn home that she and her husband renovated this past winter. they’d been in the building for the past eight years, but moved down to the first floor to a space that used to serve as a manufacturing business. many of the existing elements, from the brick to wooden columns and beams, meant instant character for the space. existing subfloor planks were painted silver gray to lighten up the space. and along with the help of a construction crew, they built out the space juxtaposing the rich textures of the existing factory with modern extruded plastic and saturated color walls. you can find more, full-sized images of julie’s beautiful home here, and, as always, you can find all our amazing sneak peeks here. [thanks, julie!] –anne
[above: Living room features antique rugs, an Amish rocking chair, Moskovitz’s grandmother’s green cabinet, a Richard Gluckman-designed table, and dj booth and records that lends itself to entertaining. The artwork is mostly by Moskovitz’s father and she hand-picked pieces from his work that show calm scenes to contrast with their hectic, fast-paced lifestyle. In the living room artwork includes a large canvas of a quiet street in Santa Fe and a view of a lobster truck on a small Maine Island. ]
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[interior photos by Sean Hemmerle]
Office view featuring vintage Eames office chairs, doors painted for desktops, extruded plastic transom, and 2 metal rails for hanging work on magnets. A large extruded plastic and wood frame sliding door separates her design office from their living space.
Office furniture on castors was a hand-me-down from an architect who lived in the building. Moskovitz and her husband painted the piece and added miscellaneous plants to the top ledge.
Metal cart for holding architectural samples in the office.
Hallway with closet to maximize storage space features vivid green sliding door and yellow wall with a painting by Wolf Kahn of the Connecticut River.
5 year old son’s room with artwork created by him and his father and Moskovitz’s childhood horse collection along the transom ledge.
The wabi sabi staple marks left in the column mark the spot where a factory worker sat. We combined this with an evil eye hamsa for protection of the factory.
The sunny yellow paint at the back courtyard wall is inspired by the Mexican architect Barragan’s use of rich colored exterior walls and the way the yellow reflects light back into the interior of the space creates a warm atmosphere. The furniture is an eclectic mix of Danish modern with found objects, hand-me-downs, and antiques.
The back courtyard space features lounge chairs, a hammock, a light fixture that recall her husband’s family home in Ascuncion, Paraguay.
Back courtyard space detail of antique Morrocan light fixture which casts shadows at night on the brick walls.
Bedroom with yellow wall and Moskovitz’ father’s painting of fisherman in Cape Cod. The bedspread is vintage Marimekko and was a wedding gift from a Dutch family friend who made the quilt. The green glass jug was found on the street.
Bedroom features bamboo floor that Moskovitz and her husband installed. It was left over from a client’s renovation. The artwork is by a Guatamalan artist named Rene Dionisio.