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White Noise…

In my past blogs about color, I have talked about the Psychology and the Science of color in Interior Design and beyond. White, even though defined as the absence of color, can enhance a space in impactful ways.

I love the feeling white evokes, and I utilize white in my designs to create a sense of harmony and purity and to play with light and form. White invokes an airy, uncluttered aesthetic, providing a Zen like attitude in a space. It can instantly refresh a room, and with minimal expense, white paint can make what may look old, new again.

I am a minimalist at heart; for me it is not the amount of items, colors, and textures in a space that make it minimal, it is their symbiotic relationship  to each other. White  represents a minimalist attitude and  streamlined aesthetic that creates a positive and uplifting state of mind.

Incorporating white into your space can give an invigorating lift to your room, changing the dynamic and focal point. White can make a room look more expansive, with clean lines. White is a color that opens up many decorating options that can change the mood of the room by changing just a few accent pieces or adding colorful artwork.

Although to some white may seem a “non-color”, it has a lasting effect, laying the foundation of a space and to ground it. It is the blank canvas that  artists work on, allowing our design ideas to shine.  

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The Blueprint of Design …Combining the Technical, Creative and the Psychological to Achieve Success

IMG_1262Giusi Re Touch- GiusiBeing an Architect and  Interior Designer is not for the faint of heart. Design incorporates technical, creative, and psychological skill. It is with the harmony of these aspects that a good Designer flourishes.

The Technical: Studying Design and Architecture is a calling and a commitment to intense study and practice. It commands great passion and talent involving mathematics, geometry, science, art and creative inspiration. It is the combination of these elements that make a Designer of merit. There is also the need to keep up with design trends and adapting those trends to your particular style. In the profession of Interior Design, this is beneficial in creating Projects that are successful and having happy Clients.

The Creative: An  Architect/Interior Designer is an artist, a visionary, someone who strives to innovate in their chosen industry. Following a creative path is not easy; it comes with challenges and bumps along the way. Sometimes an intensely creative person suffers because their mind works in such a different way and so quickly. Sometimes this creative spirit is stalled, this is the creative resistance. Focusing too much on always having to produce can be stressful therefore stifling the freedom of creativity. It is the ability to manage the creativity in a business format that helps the designer through tough challenges.

The Psychological: An  Architect/Interior Designer deals with Clients, whether it is a family or an individual, a corporation or an organization. This requires diplomacy and highly evolved social skills. In dealing with Clients, a Designer must know, especially in Residential Design, the Design process is very personal. To be in someone’s home and make changes to improve their quality of life is deeply rewarding. Establishing the trust between Client and Designer is necessary.

Being an Architect/Designer is a courageous  profession. The Designer is an artist, a therapist, a problem solver, a knowledgeable source, and an innovator. What sets apart a good designer is the  balance in these skills.

 

The Power of a Contemporary Dining Area…

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In Contemporary Design, the balance of form and function holds great importance. Finding the balance can come from mixing colors and textures, different materials and keeping the shape of functional items proportional and unique. A Contemporary Dining Area contains clean lines and the aesthetic beauty comes from the shape of the furniture, and  high quality materials.

This image is from our Project at 58th Street NYC, this is a high rise modern building with spectacular panoramic views of Midtown Manhattan. The views are also an element in the design of this Dining Area. Everything chosen has great symbiosis with other elements in the space. We begin with flooring in a light tone then work with that color palette.

A Modern Dining Table of lacquer and chrome in a neutral complementary color enhance the simple unfettered beauty of the floor and white walls. The chairs in velvet bring the softness, the tactile element that a Client can appreciate in an area of their home as important as the Dining Table.

Whatever style of design, the Dining area holds precedent because it is there where the emotion of the home is displayed and the hospitality shown to family and friends. Whether Contemporary or Traditional in Design the space has to flow and the emotion and feeling is the same, comfort.

The layout in this space became crucial, how can we place the table so that all seated can have a clear view of NYC especially at night when it is at its most magical. The fireplace is in perfect range in regards to the table to create atmosphere if the Client wishes, giving options is always good.

The neutral palette of the table and chairs also works with the Living Space that is adjacent; this is an open floorplan so the layout and placement of elements is crucial for overall harmony.

In such a luxurious space, there is a call for a special Dining Area, to provide a place to dine, and entertain to make the house a home and to create a chic ambiance to enjoy.

All about the Mix…

West 56th St. Project by Giusi Mastro/ORA studio

West 56th St. Project by Giusi Mastro/ORA studio

 

The movement  towards a mixture of styles, materials, and eras, in Interior Architecture and Design has become a leading trend. This “nouvelle eclecticism” is not so much mix and match, as it is mix and mix. For an Interior Designer this opens the door to new conceptual ideas of what a space can look like and also perhaps some new challenges when dealing with a Client with many ideas that need to be developed into a cohesive plan. A concept is still imperative for good design. The mixture of pattern, materials, and colour still need to be cohesive.  There is also this movement to mix periods, decades and styles. Modern with Traditional….Urban with Ethnic and so many other combinations that is interesting and innovative.

How do we work with the Client and organize their eclectic desires? It all starts from preference, what the Client’s likes and dislikes , what makes them feel comfortable and happy in their space and what works for their lifestyle. The designer is there to conceptualize, organize, and suggest the best solutions for their needs, resolve challenges that the Client once saw as unresolvable, and sometimes even be a mind reader .

The word Eclecticism literally means (from the Dictionary)

“a tendency in Architecture and the Decorative Arts to mix various historical styles with modern elements with the aim of combining the virtues of many styles or increasing allusive content”

With this literal definition, it is truly an “art” to mix styles and elements of a certain period in a way that looks fresh and “now”.  There is serious thought to what can really work in regards to colour, pattern, shape, material, and proportion.  I think the “mix” is a very trendy way to say this type of approach and this mix is not only in Interior Design, but in Fashion and Beauty, and even Cuisine. There is this reenergized movement to look to the past, derive what you like from it, and then translate and interpret it into something innovative, aesthetically beautiful and modern.  As a Designer, fitting into only one niche can be precarious. Modern does not necessarily mean spare and minimal, but it means fresh, unbothered, harmonious and functional for today.

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Spring Color 2015: Poppy Brights or Subtle Hues??

ICFF5442When spring nears,  Clients bring me ideas about painting and freshening up their space. A wonderful new color of paint can really change the dynamic of a room and with a few small changes can really create new harmony in a home.

When I think about color in my Client’s space I think about natural light, dimensions, shape, existing furnishing and how all of those elements can help me to choose the right color for the paint.

2015 is the year of extremes in the spectrum in color. Pantone, a leader of trending color and tones in Interior Design has created a list for 2015 that is as diverse as it is beautiful. 2015’s color of the year is marsala, a deep wine tone that really brings the drama. This year  Pantone’s color  choices run the gamut from sea blue to marsala to sandstone and strawberry ice, dusty blue and titanium.

The Designer’s  challenge is to decide what is best and suitable for their Client. What direction, tone, mood, feeling, purpose of the room…these are all pertinent questions when talking about color.

In my previous blog the Science of Color, https://orastudio.wordpress.com/2013/02/11/the-science-of-color-part-1/,  I explored in an in depth way,  the ideas and philosophy of choosing hues and how they affect mood, productivity and human emotion. These points all interplay in making a decision regarding a change in the home.

Economically speaking, painting a room is a great way to refresh and revitalize without a huge investment. This is also why color choice is so important. Think about existing items of furniture, lighting fixtures, and accessories and how they will harmonize (or not) with that new paint color.

Colorful Artwork can also help a newly painted space. Color combinations are powerful and can help to elevate the emotion of a room and also aid to appreciate home’s value.

While I do not like to use the word “trend” in choosing color, I am drawn to the “now”, what works for my Client in the present and what can create an even better living space. Spring is here and a home upgrade is a great solution to create renewal and cohesiveness in your home. Whether your tastes go to POP colors or dusty, powdery pastels, the “trend” I can support is what is  best for my Client, what serves their purpose and what enhances their space.

 

 

 

The Power of Color: The Endless Possibilities of White

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When we think about color for a space, it does not always have to be bold, electric, intense color that snaps us to attention…What about the power of White? The clean, fresh and expansive feeling that white can bring to a space. It can elongate, delineate, exaggerate, and expand a space, creating light, form and shape.

As a Contemporary Designer, I have always been drawn to white for these reasons, because it is transformative. It can refresh an already existing space or be the powerful backdrop to a new one. White can be the basis for walls, accessories, carpets, furnishing, and anchor a room with its bold un- color. White is evocative of feeling fresh, clean, renewed. Why do we wear white mostly in Spring? It is a time of renewal and of dazzling possibilities.

I love the feeling of a white Kitchen, I want to use the example of a custom Kitchen I designed for a Project in Mid-Town Manhattan. The Kitchen is a gathering place, an entertaining space and a completely functional space. By utilizing white, it creates the illusion of a much larger space and gives a clean and sleek feel. I designed the custom Corian island in the center of the space to serve as a prep station, dining table and utility space. By using white I create a beautiful, modern and unobtrusive centerpiece that complements the white cabinets and flooring.

In this open floor plan white creates dimension and reflects light in this open space, it does not compete with the panoramic views and is practical and beautiful.

White can be one of the most powerful colors in your design palette, try adding some white accessories to a room and see the way all other materials and furniture take on a different look. It is complementary yet still holds it own.

New Year, New Beginning…

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My words for 2014 are Abundance, Inspiration and Excellence.

Abundance can be defined as “a plentiful amount of something”. I am thinking about the abundance of happiness, serenity, and harmony. The plentiful amount of joy that one can have in their life by being good to their mind, body, and spirit.

Inspiration can come from any source, what makes our heart beat? What makes us work harder and stronger to achieve our goals? What do we draw upon in ourselves to create the path to our dreams?

Excellence means something different for every person. It can be happiness, inner strength, career success, financial stability. What kind of excellence do we want to achieve in this new year, this new beginning.

As a Designer I am inspired by Art, Architecture, Fashion, and Beauty…anything that opens my creativity, that allows me to use my talents and skills in my Design firm ORA studio to help my Clients achieve their Design dreams. As I look forward to this New Year I am focused on these words, the inspiration, the excellence and the abundance in life.

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