Inside Basketball Star Kevin Love’s Waterfront Tribeca Apartment

"When I was 18 years old, I wrote in a notebook that when I was 30 I wanted to own an apartment and live in New York," said Kevin Love, the star of the Cleveland Cavaliers. "And yes, I closed three months before my 30th birthday and received the key to this apartment." And yes - Love's standout Tribeca off-season home can also be added to a list of other achievements on the checklist: he's also a five-time All-Star player, NBA championship winner, and gold medalist at the 2012 Olympics.
And while New York was always in its sights, it took Love a long time to find exactly the right place. Last spring, he moved into a majestic three-bedroom downtown apartment in a brand new waterfront building. “I'm from the Pacific Northwest, where we have all the elements,” he explains. “And I was drawn to this place. As one of the last undeveloped Tribeca homes on the water, it was a place I knew I could just look out the window and see the West Side Highway, the trees, the water, and the cityscape across the river. I love being grounded and having that line of sight with all the elements. "
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The original light-colored floors were "too pretty" for Love's taste and were swapped for this reclaimed oak product from Hudson Flooring. Exposed beams that accommodate lighting and wiring have been added to the industrial quotient. The Defiance piece is from.
Love had his heart set on a pair of Ralph Lauren Home CF1 lounge chairs for his living room. These carbon fiber parts were then covered with RLH's Telluride Earth fabric. Varnum recalls with a laugh: “I asked her and said that these chairs should be ready by that date. And they said, well, there is a person in front of you. Indeed, that person is Mr. Lauren. “The coffee table and carpet are made and the couch is made with a mokum fabric. A blanket is available for cozy nights. (Pendleton, like Love, is from Portland, Oregon.) Renovations created an open space where the living room flows into the dining area. Love's favorite pieces include a custom-made dining table and works of art by and. A pocket door has been added to connect the living room to a home office.
While Love and Team made changes throughout the home - swapping floors, adding wooden beams, and more - they left the bright and minimalist bathroom suite unchanged. Well, except for one thing. "We upgraded to a toilet," says Varnum. Adds Love, “When it comes to accommodations for tall people, most of the inconsistencies can be found in the bathroom. We had to make sure the rainfall shower head was just right. You know NBA level. "
The five-time All Star is both an investor and a philanthropist and spends a lot of time out of court getting down to business. While most desks are 30 inches high, Love's is custom made at around 32 inches to better fit its 6-foot-8 frame. Varnum married a walnut sawhorse from Cleveland with a special soapstone made from. A pair of vintage chairs by Arne Norell compliments a cowhide rug that was custom-made in olive green, one of Kevin's favorite colors. After visiting the artist's studio, Love secured his own piece: the magnificent piece of black soap and wax on ceramic tiles.
"One of the things Kevin really wanted to bring into the bedroom was that reclaimed brick," says Varnum. "He does something similar in a basement bar in his Cleveland home." The bed is custom made by Wodarczyk Interiors Workroom and the bed linen is custom too. A bench was covered with Spider Rock throwing material. The ceiling light is over. Love was also interested in bringing some greenery and some nature into the bedroom, so Varnum introduced a low-maintenance moss garden over his headboard.
Love is joined by longtime girlfriend (and Swimsuit Illustrated cover model) Kate Bock and her beloved Vizsla Vestry. As a big music fan, Love collects vintage vinyl and was given his McIntosh turntable stereo as a present for his birthday. s EXIT, a living, mirrored piece, makes one of the few bold color statements in the room.
"Kevin really likes bar seating," says Varnum, who had a Cleveland-based blacksmith build a floating extension off the island to accommodate the athlete. Love and Varnum also added a custom window sill (complete with storage for dog bowls and treats). The bar stools are over.
"The greatest luxury New York has are New Yorkers," says Love. “I like the idea of ​​not just being a basketball player, but also exposure to all walks of life and all kinds of people. New York fuels the fire of my intellectual curiosity - without fear or prejudice. "
Love turned to Kerry Varnum of Gray Designs to customize the room and furnish it "from scratch". (The two had worked on Love's Cleveland together.) "Kevin had taken a lot of pictures," says Varnum of her client's clear aesthetic direction. "Very New York, very industrial." Love says, “I really wanted a mix of classic Tribeca and the American West. You see some Navajo prints and the cowboy in art. I like this mystery added with the urban grit. "
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