February 16, 2010

DvH2010 07 Condominium

“Good design should seduce you”–John F. Saladino

The standard condominium or apartment floor plan has little to seduce you. The amenities are concierge service, valet parking, restaurants, and entertainment within walking distance. Therefore, it is the designer’s task to transform the space into an unexpected pleasure.

Natural and artificial lighting can be orchestrated to create a relaxing, welcoming sanctuary in any room. In this minimalist-style living room, the expansive window is the focal point of the room. The undressed window provides warm, natural light and a priceless view to the changing kaleidoscope of colors from morning to night.

Contemporary furnishings and crisp architectural styling blend with the classic proportions of a grand piano. Neutral colors, rough and smooth textures, enhance the impression of a cohesive, inviting space.

Ceramic tiles in Wedgwood Blue and Indigo, in the bathroom make a dramatic counterpoint to the neutral scheme of the living room. The color palette makes such a strong statement that few accessories are needed.

Green is said to be the most restful color to look at, because its light rays fall most directly into the retina. A shift in mood for the dining room in color, texture, and style. The client enjoys old-fashioned European dining with late suppers well into the evening. Comfortable seating and intimate lighting will inspire sparkling conversation and hearty appetites. At least that is my hope.

The apartment provides open-air dining on a small terrace. Added to the fun of being outside is the pleasure of such an experience right in the heart of the city. It is always a special occasion, something like being on a desert island, far from the hubbub of the city below.

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