Archive for October, 2013

The Wall is Your Canvas…

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When looking to add some color, texture or drama to a space, the walls are the ideal  surface . By transforming with paint,  large scale graphics or fabric, you can create an Art Gallery in your own home.

The image in this post, is a modern, custom graphic in the Master Bedroom from our Soho Loft Project at 40 Mercer, NYC. This graphic evokes an atmosphere and mood and transforms a large wall into a statement Art piece.

By keeping furniture and objects clean and streamlined, the structural walls become the star of your room. Color and texture on the walls create depth, warmth, and light.

This is a large scale canvas and you are the Artist. Anything can be created, with the most innovative materials, rich color tones or lush and luxurious textures.

Adding these elements can be the makeover that was needed, a fresh viewpoint on an existing room, or add charm, whimsy, and beauty  to your home.

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The Power of Harmony

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Harmony is integration of objects, spaces, people…into a cohesive and functional symbiotic partnership. Harmony in Architecture is the result of the space and its surroundings working together to form a perfect union. What might be harmonious in one location may not be when placed or constructed in a different location. It is like a recipe, measured and weighed out to integrate all the elements and amounts of them, into this pleasing and harmonious creation.

The term “Organic Architecture” was based on these principles. It formal definition can be: a philosophy of architecture which promotes harmony between human habitation and the natural world through design approaches so sympathetic and well integrated with its site, that buildings, furnishings, and surroundings become part of a unified, interrelated composition.

So, what is the duty of the Architect when their design principles are rooted in a philosophy of Organic Architecture? Their vision for the Project,  be it a new construction, renovation or space re-design is generated from the desire to create harmony, integration and unification. The idea being that, materials, motifs, and basic ordering principles continue to repeat themselves throughout the building as a whole.

As the finished product results in a juxtaposition of all these elements, creating Harmony in a space is of the utmost priority and will lead a Designer to wonderful results and a satisfied Client.

The talent of seeing “the big picture” as some would say is inherent in a good Architect, to see beyond the drawing, the four walls, and to understand the potential of a space in its most organic state.  Then to apply that vision to a physical structure, a harmonious blend of floors, walls, furnishing, objects, lighting and color. When designing a home or re-designing a space for my Clients I strive for harmony, for the meeting of the minds between Client, Designer and Space.  I create an “Architectural Symphony”  with all the players working symbiotically. When all these roads converge in the harmonious way, we have achieved success. The sometimes challenging hours of planning, designing, selecting and discussion, all produce a pleasing and lasting outcome