Founded and led by Lauren Caron, Studio Laloc is a full-service interior design firm based in Seattle.
Studio Laloc specialise in full-scale renovations of historic homes, from selecting the architectural details to furnishing and styling.
‘We design spaces that are functional and comfortable, with a bit of modern formality layered in colour, pattern and texture. We mix antiques with modern heirlooms. And most importantly, we focus on conveying details that reflect the personal sensibilities of our clients,’ says Lauren.
Lauren teamed up with her former colleague Mika Raja of Studio MRD to decorate a luxury apartment on the upper east side in New York City.
Lauren’s sensibility and expertise in styling and window displays heavily influence her interiors. Layered rooms rich in texture and pattern reference the past with an eclectic mix of design eras that evoke a feeling of comfort.
Trained in architecture, Mika has a talent for creating modern, luxurious spaces with an emphasis on finishes, architectural details and custom furniture pieces to suit the needs of the project.
‘We created a bespoke space that both exceptionally highlights the clients’ covetable art collection and provides comfort and ease for a busy family in the city,’ explain the design duo.
The Clients Erica and Alex Crisses ‘wanted a sophisticated, classic New York pre-war apartment with herringbone floors, touches of Art Deco, and mostly importantly, liveable for a young family – not too precious,’ says Erica.
The upper east side pre-war apartment was purchased in 2013. The clients worked with architect Chistropher Dierig and contractor John Petrocelli to build out their dream space. The couple began decorating the home and selected the major antique pieces before hiring Mika and Lauren to finish the home with a finalised furniture plan, custom furnishings, and accessories.
The hallway was inspired by the public spaces in the Carlyle Hotel. ‘We added a chair rail and paneling to bring structure and significance to this space,’ says Studio Laloc. ‘The subtle wallpaper creates an added layer of texture without drawing attention away from the fine art and Murano glass chandelier.’
The client had already sourced the antique dining table and buffet. ‘We added more depth to the room with a silk textured wall covering, and a custom-designed mirror.
The living room is the centrepiece of the home. ‘We went for a formal aesthetic that also had a relaxed element, focused on entertaining. The furnishings are neutral in colour, while the accessories are more daring in colour choice.
The bookcases were custom built to create a more intimate space that highlight the artwork and balance the formality of the television console. ‘As this room is one of the first spaces you see when entering the home, we wanted it to be less formal.’
‘We used a grasscloth wallpaper to add interest to this small windowless space.’
‘The clients requested an off-white space in order to create a soothing retreat away from city life,’ say Studio Laloc. ‘We selected a mix of textures and natural material, all within varying shades of creams and off-whites.
The client requested a space that would age with their toddler twin boys. ‘We selected patterns and finishes that are classic and sophisticated, while still being child friendly and durable.’ The twin beds are custom designed with roll-out trundle beds to accommodate sleepovers with friends.
Photography/ Genevieve Garruppo
Interior design/ Lauren Lothrop Caron, Studio Laloc
Interior design/ Mika Raja, Studio MRD
Architecture/ Chistropher Dierig, S3 Architecture
Contractor/ John Petrocelli, John Petrocelli Construction