18 March 2012

congrats VBD! (& a little behind the scenes footage)

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...

my role was to help vance visualize his concepts for some of the custom pieces for the project with a series of drawings to refine ideas and proportions.  above is a photo of the dining room and below, my rendering how we wanted the finished furnishings to look- always so gratifying when the actualized product is as pretty or prettier than the drawings! it's hard to tell from either the photo or the drawing, but the supporting pillars of the table are actually vintage la verne bronze pedestals vance found and had the idea of using as supports for the table. we went through several variations to get the design of table top and base just right to compliment them:

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:
when i say this job was the kind of dream job that doesn't come along every day, i wasn't exaggerating- even the waste baskets were custom:
now if that kind of attention to detail is given to something like a wastebasket, you know that the architecture was exquisite as well, and i gotta say that the architect, 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:

and the how amazing are the floors? wire-brushed oak, reclaimed from 18th century french chateaux; you can see them clearly in the below pic i snapped of the empty shell of the living/dining room, and if you click to enlarge, you can also see a bit better how the walls all cut away to reveal the aluminum framework below. just stunning.
the powder room of the home is one of the coolest i've ever been in- matte aluminum floors, with a solid block of corian for a sink. vance selected a beautiful ornate venetian mirror as a counterpoint to all the minimalism, and then had it mounted and backlit for extra drama. you can't tell it's backlit from teh times photo, so i included an in-process photo i took. you can also tell a bit better from my photo how cool the solid block of the sink is, with just the one depressed corner for drainage. again, so chic!
when i first saw the walls of the powder room, i thought they were a mosaic of tiny tiles of mother of pearl, but they are actually sheets of this crazy manmade material called "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!


Suzy said...

OMG that place is stunning! What a fun project to be involved with!

kitchens said...

congrats VBD! (& a little behind the scenes footage)
i would like to say thank you about this cool post, and this idea very helpful to me and nice article
Thank You

Raina Cox said...

I saw this online a couple of weeks ago, and it left me slack-jawed.

Bravo to everyone involved!

Thanks so much for pulling back the curtain.

Erin said...

Just another reason you rock! Love the details details details.

Nicole Zeigler, CKBR, Allied ASID said...

The wall detail and powder room are amazing! I'm really drooling over the wall construction - so "outside the box" and original.

Lisa said...

WOW how beautiful. That bathroom is gorgeous. So cool that you got to work on it! Congrats!

Deb Reinhart said...

Stunning work! Those chairs are amazing!

maison21 said...

thanks everybody! it was an honor to work with so many amazingly talented people!