Friday, 1 May 2015

Mid-Century Modern

The lobbies of two luxury residential buildings built back in the days of the Rat Pack were in dire need of modern rejuvenation. Outdated and tired furnishings needed to be replaced with something with a little more "oomph". 

There are four lobby areas - each with wonderful soaring ceilings, walls of windows and ample space. I liked the juxtaposition of the exposed concrete walls with the wood paneling so decided to keep the bones as is - however I gave the wood a new stain. 

The client requested I keep the furnishings neutral, so I used a soft palette of greys, taupes and blues. In such a large space, each piece needed to hold its own so I designed a signature sofa - the craftsmanship is incredible! - and infused flare to the occasional chairs by placing a pattern on the backs. Placing pattern on the outside of the chairs was the best way to include motif since the client did not want any loose accent pillows.

My aim was to make the furnishings soft and of equal weight to balance the space ...with a nod to what may be found in Frank Sinatra's living room. The glamorous, yet relaxed furnishings pay homage to the past while fusing together stylistic references both old and new. 

I added a much needed central chandelier, a gold Sputnik by Jonathan Adler, to give more presence to each lobby space. The large photography pieces mixed with the polished brass and velvets complete the feeling of grandeur. Sumptuous materials, respect for craftsmanship and attention to detail are key to recreating the elegance of the past. 

The space now feels wonderfully inviting, tranquil and luxurious. 
Cut velvet fabric on the back of the chairs are inviting to touch!