The sculptural work by Romanian artist Constantin Brancusi is quite beautiful and timeless. If you are interested his work currently on display at the Paul Kasmin Gallery on west 27th street through January 11th.
Selecting artwork is such an enjoyable part of the design process. Sometimes I will have an accent color or range of colors I would like a piece to have, in other instances it’ll be a completely open process. Certain, often times unexpected pieces will transform a space and give it an identity. It can be what clients and guests remember most about an interior, that’s why it’s so essential to ensure you have allocated enough in the budget to purchase art. The right artwork can be a great investment and if carefully thought out, can be a piece you will always enjoy.
Selecting lounge chairs is important as they often serve as a focal point in a living room or family room. Finding swivel or stationary chairs with a unique shape can accentuate the layout of a room. When beginning the process of space planning, while scale and proportion are very important, how the shapes fit together is also a key component. Spaces that feel too boxy or crowded with the implementation of additional seating options are usually the result of poor space planning and design. Lounge chairs are often a good opportunity to incorporate alternative materials into a space such as metal or leather without committing to a larger piece of furniture such as a sofa with metal. If you are designing a space with a modern, contemporary feel natural tones on leather will add warmth. Here are a few options in consideration for a project in Soho.
Following up on last week’s post on incorporating a medium gray tone in kitchens (and making it still feel warm) here are several additional inspiration images.
Elements such as millwork, cabinetry and built ins often comprise large portions of space in residential projects. Particularly in kitchens and large scale wall units or bookshelves, it can be difficult committing to a certain color, style or finish. While darker living rooms, kitchens and dark bathrooms can look elegant and represent a distinct contrast from other parts of an interior, natural lighting, size or layout can often preclude this as an option. Dark accent walls are usually relegated to walls which do not necessitate storage components.
On the flipside there is often a sense that selecting clean, light, modern cabinetry or wall units will leave a living room or kitchen feeling cold or colorless. If you would like to move up a bit from light, neutral colors, here are some beautiful kitchen examples which utilize medium gray color palettes to cultivate a delicate balance of warmth, light and functionality. In the first example the designer selected a medium gray brown color for the cabinetry, medium brown flooring and brown accents. The darker accents are offset by the carrara white marble backsplash and countertop which brightens up the space. The gray color in the backsplash matches the cabinet colors.
Over all the kitchen is has a balanced design where no single element dominates the feel. The second kitchen incorporates a similar combination of colors. As the space is small it still feels open, warm and inviting. The brown accent wall, accent wood elements and dark gray accent lights provide a nice counterbalance with the medium gray colored cabinetry.
Often when new residential buildings are completed, particularly in New York City where it is very expensive to build, kitchens, flooring, fixtures and bathrooms feel modern, cold and functional. Developers will usually not install high or even medium end kitchens due to the expense, at usually between 50-150k/ per kitchen depending on size, it is easy to see why.