[All photos by Max Touhey.]
Andi and Mike Costa moved from Tribeca to the Financial District in 2012 for one main reason: more space. They have two young daughters, and wanted to stay downtown so that they didn't have to switch schools. They happened upon a two-bed, two-bath loft on Fulton Street, with west-facing windows looking towards what is now a full-grown One World Trade Center and completed Fulton Center. What it lacked, though, was an open kitchen for entertaining, separate rooms for the girls (now 7 and 11), and a quintessentially natural vibe that Andi craved. So the couple enlisted Studio DB to help realize their vision. "I asked [Studio DB principals] Britt and Damian to give me driftwood," Andi said. (They did, and it's on the floor.) "I wanted a wood wall somewhere, and they made the closet, with reclaimed barn wood from the Midwest."