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[above] Century old exposed brick creates delicious wallpaper in a guest room set off by a waxed oak bed and subtle equestrianism. [right] Merck is unafraid to mix time periods and styles when displaying his fine art collection. A contemporary abstract painting adds vibrant color to a dark neutral wall opposite the kitchen and abutting a bar alcove.

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most of the acid-stained floors uncovered. “I love the concrete,” he says, “It’s so durable and I polish it myself.” Natural light fills the loft through the massive casement windows, but at night well-placed industrial lights (some of them outdoor fixtures), give the rooms a warm glow. Nearly every switch is on a dimmer, creating ambience impossible to achieve with static light in a space with so much vertical volume. High end custom furnishings carefully mixed with estate antiques and repurposed vintage subdivide the open living area. A lack of clutter makes its own statement in the room. Every piece feels intentionally placed creating a feast for the senses. Merck has a what feels like an innate knack for turning the simple into the sublime. A vintage shipping crate from Columbia gets a custom glass top to become an elegant entry table. In the master suite, an antique china cabinet is repurposed to hold Steven’s collection of personal curios. Pottery, personal gifts-- even a painting he picked up in Barcelona for five Euros-- are displayed behind the glass. The cumulative effect of walking through this well curated loft is like stepping into an explorer’s scrapbook. Being in the presence of objects with meaning collapses time. As the past and present converge, the air becomes tangible. The home is an honest distillation of his passion for life. “I don’t want my home just full of expensive stuff, everything here I like for a reason,” he says.

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