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Lessons of the Past Important to the Future

November 2, 2015

Part of what I love about practicing Interior Design are the resources that are at our fingertips. Years of archived artistic details still exist and are used again by design houses producing wallpaper, fabrics and furnishings. Referencing the past reminds us today of the importance to be surrounded by artistic details.

Looking back in time, these important decorative details incorporated in public spaces and homes were not lost on budgetary sheets, evaluating cost of necessary structural components versus add-ons of decorative elements – they were integral with each project. Even the simplest of structures showed the basic desires of human creativity at work, making them special in their day and serve as reminders now. Not lost are the fabricators of woodwork, metalwork, lighting, and yes, even wallpaper and fabrics in these historic projects. Seeing them today reinforces that artistic details are important in the design of interior spaces, and what we are doing now helps to ensure that this tradition lives on.

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This past summer I visited my Grandmother’s church in Truro Massachusetts. It was a community center back when it was constructed serving as a meeting house, a Congregational Church and sitting high on the hill even served as a beacon to passing ships. It is largely unchanged, and a recent renovation that is being done carefully to restore it to it’s original condition celebrates it’s uniqueness and important design features that are being retained. You can see the Paul Revere bell is a treasured element, the original handmade pews in the balcony remain as they were, and my favorite – the geometric wallpaper was researched and remade so that the same wallpaper could be replaced in areas that needed repairs. As an interior designer, I love that the visual details that were important then to craftsmen and people using the church are celebrated today, and brought back to life.

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We are using a similar design strategy in a current project at The Davis Community in Porter’s Neck NC. Celebrating the history of Champ Davis, an entrepreneur who donated part of his wealth to establish a center where people could be well cared for as they age, we are going back in time to incorporate decorative details that would have been present in his life time, into the campus of his legacy. We do this so that residents and visitors today can know what a special and giving person established this community, and that this care and compassion lives on by the administration and Board of the facility today in effort to provide the best care and surroundings to the people who will live there.

Here are some of the resources we will be drawing from during this process:

Anaglypta Wallpaper

Anaglypta Wallpaper


Thibaut Archives still used by Designers Today

Thibaut Archives still used by Designers Today

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A Record House

April 20, 2015

Photo by Architectural Record


In Architectural Records magazine we saw a feature that caught our eye. In Dutchess County, New York a “Record House” is not only a very modernized home, but it is also a work of art. On the interior of the home a mural by Franz Ackerman encompasses the walls of the family room.

Photo by Architectural Record


Located in the entry hall is a stack of painted tires situated under the twisting staircase. Dangling from the ceiling is an orange extension cord, coming from a chandelier by Jason Rhoades.

Photo by Architectural Record


The exterior of the home is just as impressive as the interior. Artist, Doug Aitken worked alongside the architects and was able to position 17- custom calibrated projectors around the site. The scenes projected from them onto the home. The scenes projected were shot video from hills, meadows and woods around the home. This Dutchess County home is certainly a work of art inside and out!

Photo by Architectural Record

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Artistic Additions!

March 17, 2011

We are so lucky to have the opportunity to search out new and exciting additions to our interior design schemes!  Artwork is an important piece to every environment because it allows the viewer a glimpse of the artists’ generous expression of ideas through manipulation of materials and can inspire us throughout our day.

Albert Einstein wrote

Recently we have had the opportunity to work with two artists, Michael Brown who is an amazing chairmaker from Greensboro and Ralph Berger a wonderful metal sculptor from Asheville otherwise known as “The Alchemist”.

Michael came by our office to drop off three custom barstools made for

ralph and meAllow us to introduce you to these artists by supporting their work!  We would love to show you what other pieces they have to offer.

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Inspired by Fashion – Part 1

March 1, 2010

A few months ago there was an interesting article in Architectural Digest.  It was entitled, “Fashionably Inspired.  At F. Schumacher, A Tradition of Combining Couture and Interior Design” written by Jeffrey Simpson.  In it he wrote:

” In 1889 Frederic Schumacher came to New York with a French textile company called Passavant & Co. Once there, Schumacher decided that he liked the United States, with its new mansions crying out for decoration; that same year he bought the Passavant inventory and opened F. Schumacher & Co. at 22nd Street and Broadway on Manhattan’s Ladies’ Mile. In relatively short order it became one of the city’s leading textile suppliers.

It was Frederic Schumacher’s nephew and heir, Pierre Pozier, who most likely brought the first fashion luminary into the F. Schumacher fold.

Just before 1930, Pozier, who, throughout his career, worked half the year in Paris and who had commissioned as well as designed fabrics in the Art Moderne style, asked Poiret to create the first designer collection for the firm.

Using his signature bold colors, Poiret came up with simple Modernist images for his fabrics. He used shapes to project color in the way that his contemporaries, the Cubist painters, did. As Poiret once said, “There is only one place where you can put a splash of color. Here or there is not good enough; it has to be precisely placed.” (In the early 1970s F. Schumacher reissued Poiret’s designs, using the colors of the day—pinks and lime greens—but it is his original designs, with their juxtapositions of strong, simple colors—oranges and mauves—that survive in the archives.) …

…One indissoluble tie between fashion and interior design is that they both require taste to be appreciated. Architecture, which Johann Wolfgang von Goethe called “frozen music,” is of course the envelope for interior design and the necessary setting of the streetscapes and landscapes in which we all live. It is always thought that a totally integrated environment includes architecture and interior design, working in harmony. Thanks to F. Schumacher’s imaginative efforts over the years, we know that the third component of that integrated environment is the design sense that comes with fashion.”

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Paul Poiret was a French designer, 1876 – 1944.  He was a principal figure in the Art Deco movement, known to have “liberated women from their corseted past”.  He loved “bold fantasy and brilliant color… and the simplicity of repeated imagery”.  He later founded an art school where “…young women were encouraged to design in total creative freedom.  Poiret’s students took trips to the botanical gardens, the aquarium, and the countryside, where they made sketches of plant and animal life to use in their designs.  From these, textiles were produced for fashion, upholstery, curtains, wallpaper, carpets and all types of home furnishings.”

 

To read the complete article, here is the link:

http://www.architecturaldigest.com/resources/features/2008/05/schumacher_article?currentPage=2

For further information on Poiret:

http://www.metmuseum.org/publications/bulletins/1/pdf/3258792.pdf.bannered.pdf

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Fortune Cookie Fact

February 11, 2010

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What more needs to be said?  

I ate Chinese food recently with my kids and this was my fortune.  

We could not have said it better at Big Sky!

…though we have lots of great projects to share with you that reinforce that idea.

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