just wanted to congratulate my former boss, vance burke, on his design of an amazing condominium in the wilshire corridor of los angeles, featured in this month's LA times magazine (story by mayer rus, and photos by richard powers). so beautiful! vance is an amazing talent, and i am thrilled to have learned my craft from him.
but of course, since this blog is about me, i also wanted to pat myself on the back for the small role i played in the project (it's always about me, isn't it?), and since this blog is also about you, i wanted to give y'all a few extra behind the scenes details to the project that you won't get from the article (though do read the article, lots more pretty pictures!)
first the back story... even though i left vance's firm many years ago to go out on my own, we still maintain a great relationship, and since we worked so well together, vance still rings me up every now and again to help visualize his designs. i was thrilled to be involved even in a tiny way on this project like this as it is the kind of magical collaboration between client, designer, and architect that just doesn't happen every day. or at least, doesn't happen every day for me! so it was loads of fun to be involved in something so luxe...
i also helped with most of the custom upholstered pieces in the home, including the sofas in the living room, and a credenza for the dining room to compliment the table:
robert crockett, did a masterful job- his interior finishing is some of the most beautiful i have ever seen in a private residence. the article speaks of the aluminum detailing and cutaways throughout the apartment, but it's the type of detail you have to see in person to understand how beautiful it is. it's hard to explain, but you enter the space through an matte aluminum clad entry, and then the matte aluminum continues throughout the public spaces, and all walls seemingly float on top of it, with sort of a picture frame/tray edge protruding to form the actual walls itself. the protruding aluminum "trays" for lack of a better word, were then painstakingly filled with hand-polished matte plaster, and the color of the walls comes from milky plaster not paint; it has an unbelievable depth and richness that a photo just can't capture. totes chic, and an exquisite backdrop for the client's incredible art collection (yup, that's a big ol' twombly on the wall in the first two photos). i'm sure my description of how the walls were formed is as clear as mud, so here's a close-up photo of the detail:
scintilla" which channels light so that movement of light and shadow results in an animated pixelated effect. it's not electronic, though you'd think is was. here's a close up, and if you click thru to the sensitile website they have a video of how it looks with movement passing over it, though again, the effect is waaaaay cooler in person...
congrats vance- the project turned out just beautifully! and thanks for allowing me in on a little bit of the fun!
there are more pictures of the home- including one the prettiest master bathrooms ever- in the LA times magazine, so be sure to click through to see them all. i'm going to leave you with a behind the scenes photo not shown in the article, but nonetheless one of the loveliest features of the home, the birds eye view of LA stretching from the pacific all the way to to downtown- just awesome!