Photo from Loft Life Magazine
February 20, 2013
I Spy Design: Ghost
Saturday morning started with our down-right refusal to leave bed, thus creating an opportunity to scroll through old movies on Netflix. We landed on Ghost, most likely due to our recent obsession with Scandal, starring Patrick Swayze’s best friend in Ghost. I have been wanting to re-watch this since moving to New York (TEN years ago) because the memory that resonated the most of this film is the couple’s SOHO loft space. I did a little research on the space and it turns out that the loft belongs to sculptor Michele Oka Doner, and the blueprints of her home were recreated on a Paramount Soundstage for the film. You can see a full gallery of the Doner’s home here.
The apartment lived up to the memory and had some elements in it that I didn’t recall, like this geometric black and white screen. At first I thought the grid was created with paint, but then realized it is a solid white wooden screen that has cut-outs of negative space, creating the grid look. The screen serves as a sliding room divider that can create a separate room when closed, and while open keeps the energy flowing throughout the space. It could easily be DIYed for when we get our huge artist’s lost in SOHO. Because it will happen.
Ghost came out in 1990 and serves as a style time capsule of a cool, yuppy/artist couple living in downtown Manhattan in this period. Sam and Molly’s aesthetic is very “modern 1990” aka AMAZING. If this was circa now, the fridge (below) would be stainless steel, all glass, or a retro Smeg fridge. But as I said, this is 1990, so a beige standard refrigerator is what time it was. What makes this fridge special is the house-shaped structure that it lives in. I mean COME ON. Now my sad, standard beige fridge wants it’s own house.