In a number of projects we have had the great fortune to work with Zoe Luyendijk, who is an amazing rug designer. Her designs have provided concrete foundation for so many of our rooms. Rugs are often envisioned as anchors for furniture. But great rugs can do so much more, they unify and enhance spaces, bringing luxury and art to daily life. Working with Zoe is always a pleasure, which is manifested with the unrolling of a magic carpet. Pictured here in a London Mews house (nearing completion), we used several of her remarkable designs. All of these rugs are hand made and executed in wool and silk, some of which have in excess of thirty custom colours. I look forward to future projects in which to incorporate her beautiful bespoke rugs.
August 17, 2009
Last year we designed KOKO Restaurant + Bar, located in Opus Hotel Montreal. We've been very pleased with all the recognition received. Notably the award from International Restaurant + Hotel Awards, for Best Conceptual Design. The concept jumping off point was the Art Nouveau building housing the spaces. We channelled the decadent salons (of that time) like those frequented by Oscar Wilde and incorporated the exotic drawings of Aubrey Beardsley all in a vocabulary of today. Many thanks to the team that made this project such a success. With a special nod to Nettie Hew, Jon Gieser + Chad Falkenberg, who worked tirelessly and always in good humour.
It never ceases to amaze me how art work enriches the spaces we design. This triptych by Vancouver artist Tiko Kerr, (in a client's study) sits perfectly on the floral grass cloth. It's graphic forms and synchronized colour, combined with perfect proportion, take this room to a higher more soulful level.
August 16, 2009
We recently (last week) installed this great terrace. For most of June + July it was being re-surfaced while the pool and spa were treated with custom black glass tiles. Our client has returned to the city just in time to enjoy, a beautiful late summer in Vancouver and a wonderful new space in which to entertain or just lounge by the pool.