Family Affair: Glenn Gissler Designs a Kid-Friendly Loft

As Glenn Gissler shows in this new loft conversion in Manhattan, just because your client is a couple with two young and very active children doesn’t mean you can’t produce a family-friendly apartment that’s also a sophisticated piece of design. The apartment’s tone of youthful exuberance mixed with grown-up polish is set in the entry hall, with bright kid’s art on the wall and a school-style coat rack and bench. Kid’s art, framed and displayed proudly above the sofa, features in the family room too, with its calming palette of greens and yellows. The kitchen’s high-gloss cabinetry and Granny-Smith-green backsplash  tiles bring vitality to a windowless room, while the cork floor is soft, quiet, and easy-to-clean. Even the children’s own brightly colorful bedrooms include cool 20th century pieces by Eames and Panton among the fun and games. And their shared bathroom, with its snappy red  lacquered vanity, has a shoal of ice-fishing lures mounted on the walls, creating the feeling of being in an aquarium that the kids love.

Entry hall in a family loft by Glenn Gissler

Family room in a loft by Glenn Gissler

Family room in a loft by Glenn Gissler

Kitchen in a family loft by Glenn Gissler

Kid's bedroom in a family loft by Glenn Gissler

Second kid's bedroom in a family loft by Glenn Gissler

Kid's bathroom in a family loft by Glenn Gissler

Kid's bathroom in a family loft by Glenn Gissler