Monday, November 29, 2010

Exaggeration [2 Bedroom]

Inspired by the client’s love of drama and film, this 2 bedroom condo is a sweeping set dedicated to the exploration of exaggeration. Within each room there is a play of vibrant color and surreal scale. The large objects give the eye a focal point, while at the same time provide a sense of joy and drama in each room. Teal, orange, and blue are trendy colors in movies and relate the past to the present through color. The colors also add pops to emphasize walls an fixtures. Polished concrete reflects light and color, adding to the exaggeration of a room, without being overwhelming. Bachelard talks about intimacy within imensity and our obsession with miniatures. I tried to incorporate size into each room to make them feel unique, yet cohesive to the entire condo. Through joyful colors and playful scaling of objects I hoped to create a space that intrigues a lover of exaggeration.

Dramatic tones
Light casts deep and vast shadows
Playful objects sit

Binding Family[3 bedroom]

Inspired by a bookpress and patterns found in book binding. I focused on spaces that would allow a family to bond through interaction and activity. The main open space encompasses all of life’s daily tasks. A family would always be in the same vicinity, yet do to the vast, open area they would still retain their independent space. A library was added as an outlet to the client’s passion of writing and literature. Quiet, minimal spaces flank off of the library to allow a comfortable lounge area for reading and editing. Private spaces are kept with the same minimal aesthetic, yet bring in motifs an patterns of the public spaces. The wallpaper was custom made for the space and helps tie the main open space together, while at the same time defining certain areas. The wallpaper design was inspired by bookbinding and the folding and linking pages together. Repetition of circles is carried throughout the condo. Bachelard states that humans have an innate affection for round things. The circular aspects help make rooms intriguing, while at the same time remind the occupants of the importance of being embraced, which will help reinforce family ties. Nordic ash wood floors were used on the floors and walls. By carrying materials up planes if further binds the space together.

Binding relationships
Threads of family connect
Spaces encourage

15 Properties: Exaggeration

1. Levels of scale: Scale was used as a huge part of my concept. I used scale as a playful tool for invoking drama into each room. Large, medium, and small scale were used in each space to contrast each other and add to the feeling of exaggeration. Scale is the most dominant element in each room.
2. Strong Centers: Centers are created by using pops of color to guide your eye and make the room feel balanced. Larger scale also helps direct your eye and makes the spaces feel centered.
3. Boundaries; Boundaries were created between public and private spaces. Rooms have walls that create boundaries and make the room feel more intimate.
4. Alternating Repetition: Repetition was mainly used by pieces of furniture and similarly scaled objects. Round objects are repeated throughout the spaces. Colors are also used to create repetition.
5. Positive Space: Positive and negative space can be observed through the placement of carpets on glossy concrete. This defines flow and path while creating positive and negative space.
6. Good Shape: Objects with a larger scale call more attention to themselves and their shape. Objects shapes are increased and celebrated with a larger scale. These Shapes also call attention to the centers.
7. Local Symmetries: The relationship between kitchen, dining, and living room is the most successful. They compliment each other through color and have an easy flow in between the spaces.
8. Deep Interlock and Ambiguity: Each space is tied to each other through materials, color, and scale. This helps the entire space function as a whole.
9. Contrast: There is contrast between the strong colors used for pops and their surrounding environment. Small and large scale contrast each other and other surroundings, which adds drama and play into the spaces.
10. Roughness: Each space functions in its own, while adding to the experience of traveling through them. Shapes change from different angles and add drama to the room.
11. Gradients; white surfaces and objects were used as a way to create a gradient of grey through shadows and lighting.
12. Echoes: Scale echoes in all space. A playful atmosphere also unites spaces into a whole. Round objects are also a motif used in each room.
13. The Void: Vast areas are left blank on the walls. This serves as a resting point for your eye and helps put into context the scale of objects in the room. Open spaces of concrete make the space seem crisp and calm.
14. Simplicity and Inner Calm: Even though the use of scale was meant to create drama within the space, it also helps evoke a calmness by knowing the definite center of a room. The large objects call your attention and allow for little other distractions.
15. Non-Separateness: By using the same techniques in every room, and unifying the spaces with color and material, each space adds to the whole. It is a balancing act between the spaces to make them feel cohesive.


Inspired by the clients love of theater and vintage movie posters, I came up with the concept of exaggeration. I enlarged objects, mostly light fixtures for more drama, and juxtaposed them with small, thin pieces of furniture. This helped bring focus to the play of scale in each room. Color held an important role in directing the eye and adding a sense of fun to the rooms.

15 Properties: Binding Family

Binding Family Fifteen properties

1: Levels of scale: I made the wallpapers varying scale to define a space and the center of the main room. The larger print moves your eye towards a center.
2. Strong centers: Each room focuses your eye to a central object or space. Symmetry was used to help define these centers. A strong sense of balance helps focus your view on a center in each space as well. The entire condo also has a central main room that runs the entire length and helps the family bond.
3. Boundaries: A thick boundary is created around the central main room by the two halls that flank it. This helps define it as the center.
4. Alternating Repetition: The wallpaper has an repetitive pattern on it, which helps tie the main room together. The slanted bookcases also have a repetitive pattern, which helps tie the office to the library. There is also a circular motif carried through each room.
5. Positive Space: Strong negative an positive space is created by the bookshelves in the library. The spaces in between the books becomes as important as the shelving and the books.
6. Good Shape: A circular motif is carried throughout each space. This roundness contrasts with the linear space and creates interest in each room.
7. Local Symmetries: The objects in the kitchen and living remain close to the ground. The chandelier in the dining room and the pattern of light created on the ceiling raise your eye up and break up the central core into two balanced sides with a raised center.
8. Deep Interlock and Ambiguity: All the rooms within the condo are tied together through materials and color. The wood floor is carried throughout the entire house and carried up to some of the walls. The color palette is consistent in every space as well as certain round shapes. This makes all of the spaces cohesive.
9. Contrast: Red is contrasted against grey, white, and a light neutral. Round shapes are also contrasted against against rectilinear shapes.
10. Roughness: The center in the library is created from the shapes in the bookcase and the catwalk above. The ball chairs create a contrast against the surrounding and help define the center
11. Gradients: Gradients of red and grey are carried throughout the condo.
12. Echoes: Circles are echoed on each room. They are used at different scales and places so as not to seem monotonous. The echoes help tie all of the room together as well.
13. The Void: Walls are left mostly empty with vast expanses of nothing. This gives your eye a place to rest and makes the space seem calm. There are also large empty spaces in between each room. This helps define space without the use of walls an allows for the creation of an open central space.
14. Simplicity of Inner Calm: The best example of this is the reading space adjacent to the office. This is a calm place meant for daydreaming and reading. I wanted to rid the space of all distractions while still keeping it comfortable. The light grey wallpaper and wooden wall make a happy marriage in that calm corner.
15. Non-Separateness: Through a distinct color palette, repetition of pattern and shapes, and use of materials each space within the condo is unique, with its own center, yet at the same time each space contributes to the whole.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

[Highrise] 3 bedroom- Binding Family

Inspired by a book press, the artifact assigned to my clients, I looked at patterns of book binding. This led me to my concept of binding family. My spaces fold and overlap into each other through pattern, colors and furnishings.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Ranch final

I tried a lot of things with this house: Stripes, patterns, colors, and textures. Through my experimentation with color I got to the place I am now. Switching from color to pattern and layering, made my spaces much better.

The ranch house was tricky. It had beautiful open spaces, great circulation, and app

Ranch process

These images were the start of a good idea. The pictures above represent experimenting. I think looking back that color alone was not enough to define spaces or make them unique.