French designer Guillaume Gentet creates an apartment filled with stylish surprises
Rita Veygman, fashion executive, and her husband, fell in love with a 2,525-square-foot loft. Fed up with an empty apartment, they called on Gentet to help them achieve their perfect home.
by Carmela Ciuraru
photographs by Peter Murdock
Just off bustling Union Square, a nondescript limestone building that started out as a bobbin factory in the 1930s has come full circle, to some degree, after being converted into fashionable floor-through condos in 2004. Not long after its conversion, Rita Veygman, fashion executive, and her husband, Roman, fell in love with a 2,526-square-foot loft-like apartment with three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, 16-foot-high ceilings, a fireplace, and large outdoor space. Like most New York City apartments, however, the second-floor unit wasn’t perfect: Additional storage was needed, as well as more functionality and a stronger sense of style. “It was just very masculine, and very empty,” Rita Veygman says. “At first we lived here with basically nothing, because we were waiting to see what we wanted to do. I knew that I wasn’t up to taking on a renovation by myself, but I hadn’t met anyone whose style and taste I really liked. And then I met Guillaume.”