With their crazy work and travel schedules Trendland founders and visionaries Cyril Foiret and Ani Tzenkova (ex-founder since March 2016) jumped at the opportunity to open up their home to families like theirs who need the comfort of a family home in a foreign city to keep them sane and grounded. Settling down for a brief moment in their Greenhouse loft located in Chelsea, New York, the dynamic duo conversed with Lucy Brook about home and family for OFS’s quarterly online journal, Guestbook.
A fashion graduate from Parsons the New School for Design, Ani and husband Cyril moved into the loft after losing their home in Seaport, New York to hurricane Sandy in 2012. Tzenkova admitted that, “having to move homes and neighborhoods under such stressful circumstances was rough” however she maintains that Chelsea is the perfect area to explore with her two children.
With light pouring into 19 windows throughout the Chelsea loft, walking into their home feels like stumbling into a sun-drenched oasis. The couple has considerately curated an interior that reflects their eclectic tastes; quirky treasures and knick-knacks adorn the shelves alongside unusual oddities such as a life-size toy gorilla and a giant plastic ice cream cone. Thinking of their two children Cassius, three and Penny Lou, two – Ani & Cyril designed an inner space that is both playful and comfortable; a swing was being installed in the living space as the interview was taking place.
Whimsy aside, the home exudes inner-city glam and sophistication; striking geometric artwork by LA based artist Tofer Chin and expressive prints by photographer Anja Niemi dress the walls and lush green plants tumble surprisingly out of nooks and crannies.
The spacious yet cozy living room doubles as an effective office space, where Tzenkova and Foiret lead Trendland’s small power staff from the comfort of a terracotta linen sofa and a long white dining table. Situated near the High Line and Dover Street and a few blocks from NoMad, the loft is a good base from which to explore some of NYC’s most attractive neighborhoods.
" We looked at 120 apartments before we found this, which is insane even for New York! "