Sunday, January 10, 2010

LUXE Magazine Feature

Now is the time to pick up the latest issue of LUXE magazine. You'll see our project within its pages. I continue to look on LUXE's website for the web edition of the magazine - no luck yet. This photo appears in the current issue along with many others. It was taken by the photographer I typically use for documenting our projects (when I don't take the photos myself) Ira Montogomery. He does such great work!!

This kitchen took an immense amount of attention to detail. My firm designed the cabinetry, tile and cast stone details, the lighting layout and fixture selection, the plumbing, hardware, the placement of accessories, and of course the color palette. It is also a much more traditional interior that is usual. I enjoyed the project a great deal!!

Pantone 19-4053 TPX

I got the coolest bag at SAIC (Art Institute Chicago) a couple of months ago. And, anyone who knows me, knows how much I love the nuances of color. My Masters Thesis was about color and architecture. This bag had my name written all over it. A little over 20 years ago, Mike went along with me on a research grant to France and Switzerland to study the use of color by the iconic architect Le Corbusier. On that trip, we hauled as many color samples as we could carry to document the architectural sites. Pantone was one of the sets I carried. Pantone is probably more well known in graphic design circles - it is the standard for print. Recently, though, Pantone has expanded their color system to include paint for architecture.
What is really interesting, is that this bag is very nearly the color I chose for my business cards and letterhead graphics over 10 years ago. I probably should have bought two of them for when this one wears out.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Light and Shadow

The design at left is by sophomore interior design student Christina Noah of TCU. The design is based upon the abstraction of elements in the structure of an apple.
The design is successful on several levels. To begin, the student created geometric subtractions in order to discover the essence of form within a very ubiquitous fruit, the apple. The assignment involved creating a relatively shallow, but 3-dimensional screen that was derived from a natural object and would perform specific operations that would filter, block, and transmit light. The composition is visually exciting and entertaining, is balanced in an asymmetrical equilibrium, and establishes harmony of syncopated visual rhythms. This wasn't the only excellent project by our beginning level design students.
This assignment also proved to be an excellent learning opportunity in the exploration of effects possible with solid and void, and light and the casting of shadows. In this design, the student chose to use both opaque and translucent materials which resulting in a bit of a surprize for the student. Once the 3-dimensional construct was created, students were then asked to create "compass-point" drawings that illustrated the shadows cast from various compass orientations. It became evident at that point, that while the translucent portions of the design glowed within the construct, the shadows cast on the surface below appeared the same as if they had been made by opaque materials.
Good job TCU students and Christina Noah!!