The surprising color combinations of the peeling paint on NYC's subway columns always catch our attention. The topography is unexpectedly painterly, and the years of color choices coalesce in an inspiring way. While each coat is a necessity for maintenance, it's also a color choice by someone in the MTA. We wonder who? Some palettes look straight out of the studio of Jean Prouve. Others look like a Bargello. Or even a taxi cab.
A good Patina is always inspiring. It gives an object or a place the mark of experience and authenticity.
In this case, a workroom floor reveals remnants of paints, dyes and glazes that have built up over decades of work. It was striking to us how great Steph's bronze colored boot looked on the floor, and sparked us to develop a finish composed of over 20 layers of paint and glazes for a custom wall hung buffet. The end result looked something like warm weathered steel, or a 200 year old mirror. Incredibly beautiful. The buffet is destined to hang on a bronze-grey grasscloth wall, just in time for Thanksgiving. We'll share a photo in an upcoming post.
A Spring visit to the casting studio to check the mould for a white bronze plinth that we had commissioned for a project. Old New York all the way, the studio felt like Manhattan in the 80's when there was still an abundance of quirky and specialized businesses in the mix. In the background, you can see the guys working on a hot pink mould destined to become bronze doors with a relief pattern of magnolia leaves. The shop is filled with all kinds of remnant goodies that reflect the specialized artistry of the casting profession.
We balanced the strong linear architecture of this home in Montauk with some soft and organic forms in the interior. The Roof Deck is bordered by several tons of black river rock. We thought the smooth and soft shapes of the stones would make a great form for a coffee table, and selected a few examples. Our clients loved the idea and chose a stone with a two-tier topography. We then had a small mock-up made, which we super-sized and then lacquered in a translucent taupe to become a generous and stylish coffee table for a large room with a view.