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Publication Date: 2014-04-21

Inspiration

Eminent Bohemians

The spirit of the Bloomsbury Group is alive in a downtown Manhattan loft, where two modern families share one floor, thriving in a creative community of their own making.

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Photography: Emma Hardy

On a late-January evening, having already had three cocktails at two events, I was feeling jolly, before blowing into the night's most promising: a Robert Burns—poet hero to all Scotsmen—party at the home of classical composer Paul Cantelon and his wife, singer Angela McCluskey. For the past seven years, the two have had a fairly open-door policy with their neighbors, performance artist Sarah Sophie Flicker and Jesse Peretz, director of "Our Idiot Brother."

The two families live on the same floor, in separate apartments, moving easily back and forth through each other's spaces and lives. It is not the several dozen animated artists, performers and musicians, however, that make this party seem remarkable. Here, in a present-day downtown Manhattan loft, the Bloomsbury Group—the tight-knit cultural collective of early-20th-century British iconoclasts—feels alive and well.

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