The most fantastic creative experience I can remember in my life was working alongside a fashion photographer and her team. I sat in awe of how well oiled the glamorous machine was. There was not a wasted second, a hair out of place or an accessory forgotten. Not only was their work fabulous, but the lives of this photographer and her prop stylists seemed so exciting. They were always jetting off to faraway destinations, working with luxe brands, and not once did their smiles droop. Needless to say, when I came upon fashion photographer Filippo Del Vita and his wife Laura Garcia Serventi’s home, I knew there would be a fascinating tale to match their artistic lives.
The story of how these two homeowners came to be one crosses seas. After finishing art school in Buenos Aries, Laura moved to Italy to study photography. It was there that she ran into fashion photographer Filippo. At the time, they were simply classmates, but destiny seemed to have brought the two together. In 2007, with school all finished up, the pair left Italy to bring their work to The States. The newlyweds lived in another home for a couple of years, but it’s this Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn loft that truly allows their creativity to flourish.
The 900-square-foot, converted sweater factory inspired the couple from the get-go. The large windows, raw look and high ceilings were perfect for what would become their live/work space. Since they’d be working on projects at the loft, the materials they chose for their home were paramount. Laura paints merely feet away from the dining table and living area, so those pieces couldn’t be too precious. The space is also frequently transformed by Filippo for his shoots, so when it came time to choose furniture and accessories, their weight and ability to be moved was the deciding factor. At the end of the day, all this moving around keeps their space in an exciting, constant flux.
Nothing shook their home up more, however, than the recent addition of baby Duccio. He’s the catalyst behind the loft’s next big renovation – adding a bedroom for the little guy. That shouldn’t be too challenging. After all, the couple already added a lofted bedroom for themselves. As you can see, this is clearly a clever pair with one intriguing home. I keep getting lost in those kitchen walls peppered with accessories, and I have no doubt that you, too, will find something to adore as you peek inside. Enjoy! —Garrett