Originally from Denmark and India, the owners of this apartment wanted a design that celebrates the clean, modern aesthetic they enjoyed in Copenhagen. They found their perfect match in Designer Courtney Trump of LÜFT Design, who defines her style as “Warm Minimalism”. Inspired by the function and simplicity of Scandinavian design, married with the need for innate warmth and comfort, this project emphasized the use of natural materials and quality pieces.
Says Courtney, “The property had not been touched since the 1920’s prior to this renovation. Built in the early 20th century, the many layers of the years had to be peeled back to reveal the original bones which we then built on and modernized. In keeping with the objective of warm minimalism, many of the furnishings, textiles and accessories were custom made and hand crafted, thus bringing a sense of warmth through their ‘storied’ origins and purposeful selection.”
The name of Courtney’s design company, LÜFT, means “Air” in Swedish. This beautiful pied a terre is a great example of how streamlined design can create a space that makes you want to breathe deep and relax.
Hand knotted rugs and royal baby alpaca textiles add warmth to the modern space.
White oak coffee table by Akron Street.
I believe in curating spaces that are clean and minimalist, comprised of pieces that evoke a sense of history…pieces that you are innately attached to through quality and story so that you are surrounded by a feeling of calm, comfort and familiarity. Courtney Trump
“Wanting the stove to be in front of the kitchen window proved to be slightly problematic since there was not enough room in the ceiling overhead to vent; the solution was to use a decorative brushed stainless suspension hood.”
The natural oak floors were treated using a green product that releases zero VOCs and is both hard wearing and easy to repair.
“The closet which sits at a full depth of over 24″ was built to appear as though it is a shallow piece of furniture, the over-sized oak flip flop doors allow for the entirety of the closet to be accessed with ease.”
“Don’t forget the importance of textiles. Floor to ceiling drapery panels can soften the most uninspired spaces and a throw blanket can become a quiet corner of repose in your hectic day. Adding softness to your space will make you feel more at ease and elevate your daily experiences in that space.”
Sheared baby alpaca Fjun cushions from The Future Perfect.
Courtney applies her “less is more” and “quality over quantity” approach to both her designs and her own life – a mindfulness that we deeply appreciate:
“I find that the most important parts of my day are the small rituals. Being so connected to the world on a daily basis makes it all the more important to make the details matter. Whether its choosing to buy pricy Mariage Freres ‘Marco Polo’ tea (the scent of which is absolutely heavenly) over the run of the mill tea or tossing out my mass collection of paper-mate pens in favor of one special Ajoto pen…every little decision in your day can make a difference toward how you feel in the small moments. If everything you touch is special, your day begins to feel special and these moments linked together become a form of modern sanctuary. Thoughtful, conscious moments.”
If you love Courtney’s aesthetic as much as we do, check out her collection of rare fiber textiles and hand-woven rugs at www.fellsandes.com.