See the Global Brooklyn Loft That Wendy Simmons Co-President of Moscot Calls Home
Globetrotter and Co-President of MOSCOT eyewear, Wendy Simmons, invited us into her Brooklyn loft space that reflects the her eclectic style. Filled with furniture, tchotchkes and art from her global travels, her home, which is a converted schoolhouse, is a modern minimalist-meets-traveler's dream.
The open-air loft space (she practices Muay Thai boxing here every morning!) is furnished with simple furniture -- a sleek couch and lucite tables, which allows the pieces, collected on Simmons' travels, shine. The staircase, which leads to a reading loft, is lined with shelves upon shelves of sculptures from Tibet, Bhutan and other Eastern locales.
One of the few conventional pieces in the home is a dining table from Crate + Barrel that was purchased fifteen years ago however, Simmons had custom benches created to give the space a casual homey vibe. A vibrant painting, Mujeres Caribenas, by a Mexican artist, Enrique Diaz was found on a trip to Tulum and adds a bright pop of color to the neutral-toned home.
The kitchen has "never been used" according to Simmons and we think her golden gnome, found in Germany, parlays her attitude toward cooking. After all, this is New York and ordering in is a skill in itself.
A colorful prayer carving from Bhutan sits next to the "false" door that Simmons painted herself. Finished to look like the other antique doors found abroad, the patina adds a rustic touch to the very modern space. Funny enough, Simmons says, "Since all of my other doors in the entire apartment are all old salvage, I thought a new door would look terrible, so I painted this one to look vintage. Ironically, people always comment on the fake one."
A hand-dyed blanket and leather woven basket lend a warm, handmade feeling to the bedroom. We believe this space should be the most comfortable area in your home. An antique armoire continues with the found object vibe in the home.
Obviously, Simmons has an enviable collection of MOSCOT sunnies, which was hard to refrain from trying them all on!
Simmons' extensive collection of books reside in the upstairs loft space where a custom built platform couch adds a streamlined reading nook. Various sculptures, art and collected global objects dot the space with personality.
Simmons, who previously owned a bar named Belly in the Lower East Side, had her lady figurine sitting behind the bar. After selling the establishment, she made her way home to watch over the collection of books.
The actual antique doors that Simmons based her paint job off of for her favorited "false door."
Space is a major luxury in the city but just off the main room is a rooftop, which Simmons has been known to host "pool" parties (aka big blow up pools) on during the summer. We can see that her Buddha is the master of fun.
Photos by Alexis Jonnson for The Nest