Young power couple Akila Raman and Ali Vaseghi initially reached out to ATRA to only buy a sofa. In the end, they ended up with a whole new personalised interior, in which French modernism meets American brutalism. Their loft in the heart of Manhattan, New York, has been transformed into a work of art.
ATRA is an architecture and design studio, founded by Alexander Díaz Andersson, that is based in Mexico City. They have a passion for modernism and futurism, which is reflected in their furniture, sculptures and interiors. Andersson always works in a balanced way, finding a balance between academic knowledge, practical experience and autodidactic exploration. ‘Structured on the one hand, intuitive on the other’, these words can be used to describe both his working methods and his designs. The studio has an eye for art and grace, which translates into projects with luxurious and unique characteristics, such as this loft in Manhattan.
The whole apartment is dedicated to art.
The young couple wanted an elegant space that felt very welcoming. The design studio therefore created a living room that is suitable both as a space for a cocktail party, and as a playroom for their future children. The custom-made furniture and lighting elements have atypical volumes and textures, making them feel both natural and futuristic. The coffee table, side table and sconces were specially designed for this project, under the name ‘Teardrop Collection’. These artistic designs were inspired by both French modernism and American brutalism. The whole apartment is dedicated to art: the furniture pieces are considered as sculptures and the rooms are filled with artworks of emerging talents in Mexico, as requested by the owners. As for the colour palette, neutral tones and accents of black and copper were used. This gives the room a warm feeling. In short, the apartment as a whole can be considered a great work of art. The artistic interior feels anything but stiff, because of the unique furniture with dancing designs and warm colours. Thus, a successful project. We are very curious as to what ATRA will realise in the future.
Photography by Joe Kramm
Design by ATRA