Saturday, April 6, 2013

Brick Oven Elegance

I recently finished an indoor brick oven in a fourth floor loft.  Aside from the challenge of carrying masonry products up four floors (tall ones), the oven needed to fit into an eclectic mix of classical and modern furniture.  Setting it in a very large space allowed it to be massive while at the same time making it a piece of 'furniture'.

Here's what we got.  Some of the details such as the shelf supports and the fluting on the side counter legs echoed details that existed in the surrounding architecture.

Eclectic design situations are challenging because, although the owner has an internal narrative that connects all the choices of decor, the outside designer/builder needs to tune into that mix or... just go for it.

In the end, my early training as a watercolorist (lightweight art) gave me experience in knowing when to stop adding layers of detail.  Watercolors get muddy if you overwork them.

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