This industrial-eclectic loft is the home of designer and artist Alina Preciado and her two cats, situated in a 1800s industrial building in the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. The 2,000 square foot loft with one bedroom and one bathroom mixes old and new pieces together, with findings that Preciado has picked up from her travels to places like Japan, Spain, India and the Middle East. The designer imports handmade goods for her business, Dan Gitane. “Dar” is Arabic for “home” and “gitane” is French for “gypsy”, which sums up Preciado’s personality. The loft was originally a woodshop, which has divots and scratches on the flooring, which has been preserved for its history.
The loft features an incredible flow with an open and airy floor plan, huge windows and high ceilings that keeps the space well lit. The home also has a hammock which Preciado spends a lot of time on, as well as a trapeze bar, perfect for stretching. The living room was a vintage leather sofa from the 1960s, the leaning ladder was obtained from a warehouse. The living area also has a large wood-burning stove with a double-insulated chimney, which is in keeping with the industrial theme as well as providing plenty of warmth in the winter months. A neat tip that Preiado does with her stove is place citrus peels on top and left the smell permeate through the home.
Photography: Chris A. Dorsey
french photographer eric valli has spent over twenty years documenting the peoples of the himalayas, including the dolpo, seen here, who live between tibet and nepal in one of the highest inhabitable regions in the world.
"they work hard, but want for nothing," he says. "they are happy and alive."
eschewing digital cameras, valli continues to shoot with his leicas. “i might take an okay picture, but what i’m looking for is an enthnogrpahic testimony of the human adventure; a complete existence in one picture,” he says.
“you can never just observe. because my work is all about interaction. …i have lived years and years with these people. i have nothing to teach them and they have everything to teach me.”