With residential and commercial projects it’s important to decide from the beginning
if custom built ins will be a part of the design. By factoring in the size, scale, colors, location and finish (s) of a built in within the framework of the overall design, the shelving will fit seamlessly into the design. Since built ins can take up a substantial portion of a space, deciding on the right combination of materials and finishes which match the flooring or perhaps an accent color will tie the room together. If the built in is an afterthought long after the design is complete it may be more challenging to match existing colors or move walls if necessary.
In the first example there are two different matching wood grains in the wall shelving unit which match the side tables next to the banquette. The shelf exteriors have a slightly smoother grain and the backsplash and undersides of the shelves incorporate a more visible wood grain. This subtle variation in addition to the medium color tone which matches the flooring and textiles offer balance to the space. The very large and long shelves do not overwhelm the space either by being a single finish or too dark/light. In the second example the designer mixed the natural wood shelves alongside a granite exterior fireplace in the living room. In the second example the shelves also match the wood flooring and the base is designed as almost an extension of the wood flooring. The gold backsplash accent creates the feeling more of a piece of furniture that of a shelving unit.
It should be noted that all three of these custom built ins are recessed which can offer more flexibility for integrating larger or more unusual designs.
Following up on my previous top 3 floor lamps post, here are some additional options for a residence in Soho we are working on. These high end floor lamps can generally range in price from 5800-19000k. The shade can be linen or metal or it can feature an exposed glass bulb. Because of the size and the fact that they are freestanding, floor lamps offer a great opportunity to introduce a unique and distinctive shape into the space possibly with a long curved line or unusual shaped holes incorporated into the design of the metal column. Some of the finish options include gunmetal, brass, or nickel.
We are currently working on a commercial spa that will feature a line of beauty products as well as be a center for dermatology related procedures. In developing the design concept for this project and collaborating with the physicians, the essential components will focus be a contemporary style with natural hues and textures such as white oak, concrete, clear resin and white corian. The accent color will be aqua which is the principal color in the product branding.
Medical facilities can often feel sterile and cold while spas can sometimes feel too casual. For this spa the most critical element will be lighting and textures. The spa will feature indirect cove lighting in the front desk, reception and product display areas. It will serve as both ambient and accent lighting and will offer flexibility for luminescence. Cove lighting provides even, warm lighting and can be customized to fit almost any room size/ shape.
Commercial spaces tend to require a different set of considerations from residential projects including functionality, durability, psychology, and code for the components selected.
Here are some inspiration images we put together for the preliminary design.
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.