Archive for the ‘Details’ Category

UPPER WEST SIDE APARTMENT COMBINATION

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

This full gut renovation of what was three separate apartments was fully designed a few years ago and put on hold. I reconnected with the client and his son by chance while skiing and after a few icy black diamonds the project was back on. What started as a bachelor’s studio had now absorbed two additional apartments, one above the other, to accommodate a growing family of four. A new connecting stair seamlessly connects the four bedroom, three bath home.

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AN EXAMPLE OF INSET MOSAIC STONE WORK AT THE FORBES RESIDENCE

Monday, January 11th, 2010

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This stone inset was just completed and it came out great. Natural stone is cut into small pieces called tesserae. Each piece is then hand clipped with special tools to form the inset image. The choice of just one single dragonfly on the entire wall was meant to act as an architectural allegory. Tom Porter has a nice definition:

An allegory is a story where figures, in the form of humans, animals or super humans (gods and fantasy figures) are used to illustrate abstract concepts, qualities and situations. Showing one thing and meaning another, allegory is a mode of representation, usually naturalistic, that uses the veneer of one narrative to disguise the deeper meaning of another. Usually referring to some outstanding quality or exceptional situation, allegorical meaning remains hidden. Therefore, like illusion, allegory is elusive; it is a palimpsest that awaits its inner message to be disclosed and decoded.

An allegory can convey a message with moral overtones; allegory personifies the values of a culture that create it. The combination of the historical figure with symbolic object produces an abstract statement. For example the winged female form is the generally understood representation of victory and peace, the blindfolded female figure holding a sword in one hand and a scale in another represents justice, and the Statue of Liberty, carrying a torch for freedom to light the way, extends the hand of friendship to the displaced. These robed women are not merely symbols that connect the visible and invisible world but are an allegorical picture of a real phenomenon.

IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS

Tuesday, April 18th, 2006

A few details from recent projects.  The picture above shows how three flooring types came together against a corner wall of porcelain tile. The wood is an oiled end-block mesquite, the carpet is felt and the tile a black porcelain.

Photography credit: Michael Weber

Loreal flooring detail

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