Sky’s The Limit: Joan Enger Revives A Loft Against A Dramatic City View

A venture capitalist bets on interior designer, Joan Enger of J. Patryce Design, to revitalize his family’s fabulous Hoboken, NJ loft with 360-degree skyline views. Determined to restore its inherent charm, the couple also recruited architect, Jorge Porta; and builder, Luis H. Luna.

“The backdrop is stunning, and it changes throughout the day,” notes Enger. “With so much drama happening outside, we decided to keep the interiors more muted.”

The earthy palette likewise defines the family room, where a gray linen sectional from DWR and vintage Swedish chairs covered in an ochre-colored fabric surround a fireplace clad with honed Macigno limestone with sleek horizontal reveals. “Since seams would have been inevitable due to the extended wall height, we had the fabricator lean in further and create sleek horizontal reveals,” Enger quips. While the space exudes elegance, it’s easy enough to push the sofa out of the way to create a spot for the kids to host dance parties.

The team exposed many of the unique hexagonal columns and more aesthetically pleasing pipes, raised ceilings in strategic spots throughout and replaced the traditional wooden staircase with a modern steel-framed structure with floating white oak treads.

Enger also reimagined a former closet as an office and dry bar, coffering the ceilings and lining the niches with a linen wall covering. Along one wall, a black matte lacquer and wooden panel conceals a Murphy bed. And a doorway to an access hallway is likewise concealed, appearing to be part of the painted wall paneling Enger designed for the desk wall.

The designer employed a softer approach in the owner’s bedroom, cladding the walls with a blush wool and silk wall covering with complementary bedding by Mateo. An exact replica of a vintage piece that had already been sold, a low-slung chair offers a spot to relax in the abundant light from the windows on two sides. As Enger puts it, “The bedroom had to be Zen.”

Lighting is a starring player in the narrative. A pair of black pendants with a glowing lower edge, for example, cast a moody glow onto the waterfall island. It coordinates with a more industrial black and brass chandelier over the nearby white oak dining table. “It’s like the jewelry you put on a simple black dress,” Enger explains. “Each fixture played a role but also worked collectively with the whole lighting scheme.”

Photography by Christian Harder.

For more from Joan Enger, be sure to check out this vintage townhouse she revitalized in 2019.

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