See how sails of fabric turned an apartment living room into a space-age pad

See how sails of fabric turned a plain living room into a space-age pad
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A bachelor’s living room in New York, designed by Lloyd Bell, was a triumph of fabric over the mediocrity of apartment house architecture.

The end result was a space-age pad that could be considered as exotic as the desert tent of a Bedouin chieftain.

Great sails of white stretch nylon jersey creatively reapportioned the room and created new architecture — plus while it did all that, it also concealed irregular beams and ducts.

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A folding screen of piano-hinged white Formica took care of an obtrusive radiator and air conditioner, and the divider delineated the living space with its accordion pattern.

The owner requested that the room have a casual feel, so there were just two red striped single-piece seats that were similar to beanbag chairs.

Floor cushions pinch-hit for extra chairs, and were used for meals at the low round table. Everything was chosen for easy upkeep, as befit a bachelor pad.

Except for the sails and the slipcover of the circular couch, nothing was custom-made in this room — which was done on a budget, yet looked so stylishly bespoke.

Big, much-for-your-money smash: a pair of dracaena houseplants in large pots.

See how sails of fabric turned a plain living room into a space-age pad
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