Known for his bright, elaborate 3D cityscapes, the late James Rizzi decked out his sixth floor loft with the same whimsy and merriment that he put into his art. Currently on the market for $3.15 million, the 3BR/2BA 2,720-square-foot co-op at 284 Lafayette Street is filled with "essence," according to Rizzi's brother, the executor of the pop artist's estate. Rizzi, a Brooklyn native, lived and worked in the loft since 1983, when he purchased it for $181,000 with a friend. The space has 14 windows, 10'+ ceilings, and views of the Puck Building. Fees are $3,570.
Rizzi's work?colorful 3D cut-outs pasted on top of canvas and magnetic cutouts that could be arranged on a metal background?adorn the walls of nearly ever room, and his kitchen table and chairs are painted in pastels, making for one of the cheeriest staged apartments. Too bad the artwork doesn't come with the apartment.
· Listing: 284 Lafayette Street [Weichert]
· Pop Artist's Lofty Domain [WSJ]