Friday, February 15, 2008
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Sunday, February 10, 2008
One of my favourite architects in the world, Jean Nouvel is coming to Los Angeles! As reported yesterday in the Los Angeles Times, he has designed a new condominium building at the edge of Beverly Hills. From the images I have posted it looks fairly straight forward, but what is difficult to see is the hanging gardens that go down the thin side of the whole building. Think of it as a modern versions of the Gardens of Babylon. They will be hydroponic and create an amazing display that will be able to be seen for a long distance. The approval process has only just begun, so it will be years before we see it come to fruition, but simply the idea has perked up my weekend.
Saturday, February 9, 2008
One of the biggest challenges in constantly trying to create something new and fresh for each different project, is finding new ways of using common materials. This posting is about a small room that I particularly love. It's a Powder Room that I did, where I wanted to create a very detailed but subtle pattern on the wall. I knew that I wanted to use Venetian Plaster (a tinted colored plaster), the beauty of it, is it's subtle shading of color. So the new technique I developed (well in the interest of full disclosure, had the plaster guy develop), involved using a plastic stencil, like you would use for stencilling. We did a coat of plaster over the wall, then, after it dried, using spray adhesive, attached the stencil to the wall, then applied another coat of plaster. Then you peel away the stencil and it leaves behind a wonderfully subtle raised pattern.
This may sound like a fairly complicated technique, and it certainly requires a certain amount of skill. But you could easily develop a simpler technique, while still using the stencil.
- Maybe a very subtle painted technique (using the same color but one coat with a flat paint, and one with a gloss)
- Try stencilling over a textured wallpaper, I think stencilling over grass cloth is a particularly good technique.
- Using the stencils to create a panelled look in your room.
The important thing is to think creatively about your resources, you might be amazed what you can come up with.
Monday, February 4, 2008
- Try to find a liner tile with some great color and pattern to it, rather than a decorative field, sometimes just a liner is enough.
- Make the island an accent color, in this Kitchen we went with a steely blue.
- Keep the rest of the Kitchen as simple as possible, too many things of interest, become very distracting to the eye.