31 August 2010

something's afoot...

would you hire or fire a design team who pitched a giant 5 foot foam rubber foot to you during a presentation? we'll find out, as that's exactly what maison21, and his design collaborator for the project, rudy calvero, did yesterday at a client meeting...

the foot in question

faced with a odd, large space between a kitchen/dining room and an outdoor terrace, m21 & rudy decided to turn the underused area into sort of a lounge, with the 5 foot sculpture/seat/table/foot as its centerpiece (along with a custom lucite console to serve as a bar for both humans and pets- the bottom shelf has built in dog bowls!). the style of the architecture of the home is sleek and modern, so a funky, and highly architectural, iconic piece from the italian new wave of design of the late 1960's/early 70's, isn't entirely out of context; but it is unexpected, and admittedly, not for everyone.

the m21 design team's presentation- lots of textural materials like fur (real and faux), velvets, and felts, plus shine in the form of lots of brass, chrome, lucite and black mirror; as well as some truly amazing graphic wall coverings, and a box *full* of floorplans, elevations, sketches, and tear sheets of suggested ideas for modern furniture, lighting, and accessories- some of which might even make the foot look, well... *pedestrian*.

will m21's clients be head over heels for bigfoot? or will we get kicked to the curb for not toeing the line? only time will tell, so stay tuned...
up3, polyurethane and plastic foot, designed by gaetano pesce in 1969, and available through b & b italia

6 comments:

La Maison Fou said...

Interesting M21.....

but I am not going to question your motives. I can't wait for their descision.

L.

Margaret said...

Talk about leaving your decorator footprint..what a fun project!

Teresa Hatfield said...

For the first time in a while, I am left scratching my head. Would have loved to have been inside of your head during this thought process. Can't wait to hear what happened.
Teresa

artluvr said...

Sounds fabulous and iconoclastic, and I can't wait to see it! You had me at custom lucite console with built-in dog bowls...

jones said...

I love it. We all need a kick in the butt at times and this foot it fantastic. Mixed with the other elements, how could you go wrong. What do your beastie think?

Shauna said...

I wouldn't go for the foot, but I wouldn't fire a designer who had the balls to suggest it.

exuberance should never be discouraged.

ever.