“I do not want our property doing really much,” says David Karp of his newly renovated Brooklyn home—expressing a luxury afforded to those with the means to do whatever they want. Karp, the precocious (born in 1986) founder of the blogging platform, Tumblr, and, presumably, the globe’s subsequent extremely young tech billionaire, tends to make his residence in an “open and truthful” industrial loft across the river from Manhattan—eschewing the über-sleek, luxury high-rise with panoramic views anticipated from a technologist with an eye on the future.
Of course, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, possessing long ceded its counter-cultural credentials to bourgeois restaurants and new developments, isn’t precisely a remote outpost. Nonetheless, Karp sought an old residence with soul, and got it in spades—albeit one particular overseen by seasoned architectural hands. Old and re-purposed components (reclaimed oak the constructing’s original concrete and exposed brick), utilitarian touches (exposed pipes and ducts), and mindfully edited furnishings project an image more akin to that of 20th Century New York artist than 21st Century New York technologist—which, we suspect, is specifically how David Karp wants it.
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