Sidney and Sean: A Bold Move

by Melissa Goldstein

THE DOSSIER: NAME: Sidney Prawatyotin and Sean Dougherty. TRADE: Vice President of Fashion for public relations agency Krupp Group, Creative Director/Director at creative design and production studio Brand New School, respectively. ROOMIES: The couple's Shiba Inus, Eno and Zoe. VIBE: Midcentury meets the '80s. ABODE: Industrial factory turned loft in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, New York.

A couple since 2005, Sidney Prawatyotin and Sean Dougherty didn't hesitate to commit, opting to move in together less than a year after being introduced by their respective bosses. But saying yes to a home was a different story--the now-married pair relocated on an annual basis until finally settling on their loft in November 2011. "Maybe we were just taste-testing apartment styles until we found the one," says Prawatyotin. Taking into account the wholly unique backstory of their ultimate choice, the search feels justified: their 1920s building has served as everything from a carbon-paper factory, to a toy manufacturer, to a ping pong equipment factory prior to being developed as an apartment complex by architect Kenneth Halpern in the '80s--who is to credit for the space's unusual layout. "It feels big, but still has areas like the just-head-clearing loft upstairs where you can hide out and relax," Prawatyotin explains.

PUNCTUATION MARKS When Prawatyotin and Dougherty first moved in, their now-vibrant walls were a stark white. "It made the open loft feel like one big run-on sentence," Prawatyotin says. It was a desire to infuse the space with a happy feeling and "close things in a bit" that informed their primary-colour-led palette: an array including Benjamin Moore's Kelly Green, Storm, Ruby RedCaribe Green, and Caribbean Azure. "We're also children of the 1980s, so maybe there's a mildly humorous association with the Eames elementary school chairs we sat in as kids," Prawatyotin adds of the attraction.

THE NATURAL The flat's array of wood furniture adds warmth to the vibrant space, tempering any potential colour shock. "To us, it just feels more alive than overly textiled or metal materials," says Prawatyotin. Crate & Barrel's Big Sur Dining Table anchors the kitchen, a pair of vintage Danish lounge chairs purchased from Brooklyn's Baxter & Liebchen flank a woven Ralph Lauren coffee table in the living room, and a vintage string shelving system by Swedish designer Nils Strinning adds dimension against the rich blue of the office wall.

LIGHT AT HEART "We've tried to keep it playful," says Prawatyotin of the home's accents. That mandate translates to an emphasis on all things creative, from niche musical instruments including a Critter & Guitari Pocket Piano and a Teenage Engineering OP-1 Synthesiser, to a 1950s-era Vandercook letterpress, to a poster for French filmmaker Jacques Tati's Trafic, prized for its typographic humour and mounted onto linen at M&W Graphics. "It's not that serious in here," he adds. "Just fun."


Throw Blanket by Coyuchi
Steven Alan
Woven Leather Ottoman
Ralph Lauren
Graphic Print in Living Room
Pair of Danish Chairs in Living Room
Baxter & Liebchen
Red Phone, Vintage
Brooklyn Flea
Task Lamp in Bedroom, Vintage
Mid-Century Mikes
Tray in Bedroom
Dwell Studio
Wagon No. 1
Welcome Companions



Photograph: Justin Coit

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