Talking with Archie Lee Coates IV And Emily Coates about Williamsburg, Comfort, and Cats

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Archie Lee Coates IV, co-founder of PlayLab, +POOL, and the architecture magazine CLOG, and Emily Coates, a freelance UX product designer, live in an enviably large loft in a former tea factory in Williamsburg with their cat Akiva. After inviting us into their home, they answered our Proust-inspired questionnaire.
How long have you lived at your current residence?
Six years.
What do you love most about your home?
The courtyard entrance.
If you could change one thing about your home, what would it be?
More light, less cavernous.
What’s the first thing other people notice when they visit?
How big it is.
How would you define your design philosophy?
Whatever feels good.
What is your most treasured possession?
Toss up between the Joan Miró lithograph and our cat Akiva.
What is your favorite thing to do in your home?
Wanna say chill with friends, but it’s probably watching movies.
What’s your favorite spot in the house?
The Cooper Hewitt shelves—everything ends up there.
What makes a house a home?
Human beings.
What do you love most about your neighborhood?
If you could change one thing about your neighborhood, what would it be
Distance from the train.
What’s your happiest memory in your home?
The day we walked in and knew it was ours.

For more on the Coates home and to see nine other beautiful Brooklyn homes, visit here.


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