HOLIDAY HOUSE 2012
STAIRCASE AND LANDING
Inspired by the metamorphosis of the planted
seed, we constructed a lavish forest. The concept began with a simple,
three-dimensional, large-format rectangular lattice. Then, we built scattered
display boxes, which we filled with magnolia leaves as a floral base. We added
eucalyptus, hydrangeas and moss to finish the boxes. This not only made the
structured form come to life with the vibrant vegetation, but the fresh floral
scent cascaded down the staircase. We installed various mirrors in select
squares of the landing wall, which allowed light and color to dance. Finally,
we included a system at the top of the stairs that echoed subtle woodland
sounds downward, engulfing every sense in the space. These combined elements
created an enchanting, almost mythical effect that drew visitors up the stairs
to enjoy the final component, an Arbor Day inspired vignette.
We were inspired by travel and the discovery of new worlds that Columbus connotes. The design began using a play with light and texture keeping space mostly monochromatic. Then, we incorporated sea inspired textures and hues as highlights, which reflected on almost all surfaces. We carried this marine life theme into the scale-like, textured wallpaper intimating the skin of deep sea creatures. The driftwood table arrangement, layered curtain and river rock crystal chandelier continues the natural feel of the space while also remaining contemporary and luxurious. Candlelight and the antique mirror complete this restful hideaway in bustling New York CIty.