Fit to Print: An Industrial Chic Aesthetic in the West Village

Fit to Print: An Industrial Chic Aesthetic in the West Village

The duplex at 421 Hudson Street also features a personal catwalk

By Morgan Halberg • 10/27/16 9:55am

“It’s very grandiose, very different, and not cookie cutter at all,” COMPASS broker Dylan Hoffman declared, entering a seventh-floor unit at 421 Hudson Street.

Indeed, the 2,000-square-foot layout of the duplex is the result of a two-unit combination, and it stays true to the industrial theme of the Printing House—that is, with an abundance of gray slate, stainless steel and frosted glass doors. 

A metal staircase just off the entry staircase leads directly up to the guest bedroom, which has a full, private en-suite bath with a distressed wood vanity, slate floors and bathtub, as well as a wall of closets.

“The entire apartment is unique—this kind of avant-garde, industrial-slash-modern kind of feel to it,” Hoffman said, leading us into the living room of his $4.25 million listing, where double-height ceilings reach 15 feet and west-facing windows provide river views.

Venetian plaster and stucco walls complement the distressed white oak floors, which have “been run through a mill to create this grade,” Hoffman informed us. “It feels like it’s exfoliating!”

In contrast to popular open layouts, the stainless-steel-outfitted kitchen is closed off from the living area. An additional den is open to the living room, though it “could definitely be dedicated to a sitting room or another guest bedroom,” Hoffman opined, noting the full third bathroom for the area, as well as a powder room off the entryway.

The master suite is accessed by another staircase and is complete with a four-fixture bath. “This is my favorite part,” Hoffman said excitedly, opening the door to the walk-in closet and revealing a “catwalk” over to the rows of custom shelves. Given the sidewalk grate-like nature of the catwalk, Hoffman said that heels are perhaps best kept toward the front.

“It might not be for everyone,” Hoffman admitted, descending the stairs and admiring the modern silver light fixture hanging from the ceiling, “but we’ve had every walk of life come through here, and they’ve all appreciated the property for what it is—the work, art and love put into it.”