In January we debuted our most recent hallway at work. It is a collaborative hallway with Baccarat to celebrate their 250th anniversary! It has been very successful, selling an archival crystal elephant that was valued at over $75,000 (!). Unfortunately, beginning this week a new hall is being installed - more on that coming soon. If you were unable to visit the store in the last two months you can at least enjoy some images here.
The concept is Fire & Ice and is juxtaposing the crystal elements with the bright light - of the chandeliers. When designing for this concept, I didn't want to take it too literally but knew it was important to have some fun and skillfully translate the play on words. In particular sections I chose to paint the walls a fiery red that also is a beautiful match to the Baccarat red. In other areas, I chose cool neutral gray (Metro Gray by Benjamin Moore). The best part, although a tiny detail, (that seems very big to myself) was the decision to paint all of the moldings in the same color as the walls. This slight change of form makes it all feel very cool and sleek.
The next installation, which I'm very excited about is the Loft. A modern and colorfully soothing space inspired by the artwork of Mari Thurman - her paintings are hung on the walls and her pottery mixed in throughout in three color ways. My team and I enjoyed creating a narrative for the client and individual who may inhabit that space, were it be a home. She, a French expat, living in South Williamsburg in her Loft condo. Works as a fit model for a contemporary fashion house. She appreciates contemporary style interiors, holding casual dinner parties with friends and most importantly, her Southern French roots. I may have gotten carried away but a large part of my job is creating narratives and telling stories to make sense of the presentations and the designs I produce. When there is a focused direction, the outcome makes for a strong presentation, or at least it seems to be that way.
The loft will remain open until August, so there is plenty of time to visit.
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