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An Ever-Changing Family Loft in Brooklyn

by Garrett Fleming

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

Photography by Filippo Del Vita

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This table was picked up at a flea market. The top wasn't in great shape, so the family commissioned a piece of acrylic to replace it. IKEA is responsible for the kitchen's chairs, cabinetry and drawers. The fun folding chairs are from IKEA's Frode collection.
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Artist Laura, fashion photographer Filippo and their son, Duccio.
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The majority of the dining room's decorations have been collected on jaunts and journeys. This floral diagram is a souvenir from Mexico. The paper theatre and 3D puzzle, on the other hand, were crafted by Laura and Filippo.
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Filippo often uses the loft as a backdrop in his photographic works. That being said, the majority of the walls need to stay white, clean and quickly adaptable. Since they are not seen on camera, the kitchen's walls add some pizazz to the space. They may not know what the majority of the tools are for, but the two love the industrial look they add to the loft. The wall is painted in two tones of white – matte and glossy. What a unique surprise.
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Another view of the kitchen's vintage collection.
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Duccio's Gulliver crib sits in between the living and dining areas and across from his parents' workspaces. Since there are no walls in the loft, Duccio tends to take over when he gets to playing. His toys are stored in a box that Laura found at a local flea market. She customized it with a dreamy cloud. Laura and Filippo made the paper banner themselves.
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The living room, at-home garden, and Duccio's crib.
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The flea-market chair reminds Laura of happy times back at school in Argentina. She made the Solsta sofa's throw pillows herself with fabrics from Fabric.com. It may not be grand, but the sofa is the perfect spot for sipping coffee to start the day.
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Duccio never turns down an opportunity to water his dad's plants. In can be hard to find greenery in the city, so the family treasures being able to have a mini-garden in their loft. Can you find Laura's work? A few pieces in Ribba frames are hidden here. The terrariums are from Jamali Floral & Garden Supplies.
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Filippo's workspace, directly across from Duccio's crib and the dining area, is watched over by bins of toys. T&T Plastic Land made the shelves specifically for the couple. While his full collection of 70s, Japanese robots lives back in Italy, Filippo has some favorites here in his workspace. They often find their way into his creative work.
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A simple table, an easel and an old school chair: that's all Laura needs to create her beautiful work. Filippo's supplies are stored in the strategic, overhead cubby hole – a smart solve.
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Laura's workspace is often filled with materials to inspire her as well as help bring her artistic visions to life. The desk is spiced up by two IKEA trestle legs.
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Laura often uses old dishes to mix her paints on. Sometimes the swirls come out so beautifully, she resists cleaning them and uses the dried-up remains as decoration. An example sits on her IKEA Alex drawer. The coral was found on the beach.
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Simple, wooden stairs lead up to the lofted bedroom.
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The couple had the lofted bedroom added after moving in. The quaint size adds to its cozy charm and gives the two the tiniest bit of privacy. More of Laura's framed work lives here.
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The bed is draped in a Portuguese-style duvet.
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The loft's floor plan.

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  • Good Day Laura,
    Recently I saw your art and was very impressed. We are currently working on some projects and would like to include your Artwork. If you are interested in having you art published, please contact me ASAP.
    Thank you – Hadden (310) 486-9331

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