What Happens When an Interior Designer and an Architect Share a Home?

The airy brass, neon, and marble Brooklyn loft we’ve always longed for.

By: Laurel Pantin
Photography: Zeph Colombatto

What does one say when invited to visit the Bushwick loft shared by an interior designer and an architect? Add to the mix the fact that they’ve lived all over the world, are best friends with contemporary artists, and have designed their own furniture, and the answer is a resounding “Hell yes!”

Such was the case when we paid a visit to the Brooklyn home Eleni Petaloti, of the award-winning firm Lot Architecture, shares with her partner. The space was all self-designed marble and acrylic coffee tables, brass accents, neon artworks, and light—in other words, it was everything we’ve ever dreamed of in an apartment. Between works designed for the couple by their “great friend,” artist Christian de Vietri (given to the couple as a wedding gift), and Petaloti’s “beloved” palm trees, there’s an unbelievable amount of love in their home. There was also an unbelievable amount of special pieces, like their Marcel Breuer chairs (Petaloti’s parents have a pair too, and he grew up with them), and the coffee table they designed together for their collection, Objects of Common Interest (which will be available at Matter—one of our favorite furniture spots in existence).

We visited the Greek designer (who moved to New York via Paris—she initially only intended to stay for 10 days!) to talk designing for clients versus for herself, how she makes it work living and working with her partner, and her secret Williamsburg spot for affordable vintage finds.

 

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