Natural Selection for Home Furnishing

Natural Selection for Home Furnishing

Home Furnishing Furniture Selection

The public expanse is essentially open with living, dining, and kitchen areas. But this is not an amorphous space. It is subtly delineated thanks to the design team’s deft deployment of columns, a double-faced, freestanding fireplace, an articulated ceiling, and built-in banquette. Surprisingly, the house’s coziness and warmth go hand in hand with its grandeur and drama–which exactly met the clients’ demands.

Finishes and furnishings humanize the building’s potentially overwhelming scale and develop a vocabulary addressing both contextual issues and the overriding desire for a contemporary approach. Brukoff introduced his clients to the project’s potential through photography. “I showed them the works of Luis Barragan, Ricardo Legorreta, and modern architecture from the Canary Islands, explaining that [a solution] could be Spanish/Mexican in feeling and, at the same time, distinctly modern,” says Brukoff. “After showing them photos of Anasazi ruins made of dry stack stone work, they were convinced to create similar stonework fireplaces and to use random flagstone limestone floors.” These materials, used throughout, set the stage for the interior. They are supplemented with pale stained stucco walls, cedar ceiling and framing systems, and cherry cabinetry. The intent, says Brukoff, “was to create a seamless environment that looks as if it couldn’t have been done any other way.”

The designer, who has created numerous furniture collections for commercial production, opted to go the custom route for the majority of pieces here. Scale was a major factor Under his authorship are the living room sofa, occasional tables, dining table and console, Tibetan rug, and coffee table.

Wood table and chairs for home furnishings

Wood table and chairs for home furnishings

The architect’s and designer’s involvement extended to lighting–“the best lighting job I’ve ever done,” Brukoff comments. “To convince the client what lighting could do to a house, I showed him a project I’d done in Atherton. After seeing that, he was on the team.” Brukoff staff designer Gary Helfand shares design credit.

Special home design for natural lighting

Special home design for natural lighting

Special Delivery of Home Furnishing Furniture and top Tech Equipments

Also delivered with special attention to the client firm’s particular situation was the studio principals’ scheme to “connect EMR with the city.” The underlying idea, they say, was to inject some light and air into the street-level workplace. To do so, they “sliced out” a 45-ft.-long by 46-in.-wide slot into the first-floor slab, there inserting a flights of stair leading, 19 ft. from the last tread, to a terminal 25-ft./double-height panel of perforated and corrugated aluminum. Upstairs, roughly at mid-point, the roof of the lateral basement path is crossed with a latitudinal bridge, which, in turn, connects with the film output department. Those entering or leaving this sector reportedly can be glimpsed by passing pedestrians looking through a part of the storefront glazing.

Lighting for the house

Lighting for the house

The long walls below are clad with polycarbonate, a tough thermoplastic here imparting a lambent sheen, mounted to 16-gauge metal studs. Together with the high end-piece, the surfaces project an interplay of shimmer and sparkle complementing the semi-opaque non-color palette predominant in the space. Further igniting the glitter are fluorescent light strips originating downstairs and continuing at the ceiling. The architects liken the sum-total effect to a “translucent glowing box.”

Top tech equipments

Top tech equipments

A quick on-site tour guided by Barry Rollins, EMR distribution manager, proves to be instructive. He explains, as did the architects, that Karat accepts programming directly from the computer, whereas with non-digital presses, images have to be put on the plate. He points to the desktop department, where layouts are made and advance proofs are checked in essentially old-fashioned ways with the aid of light-tables and eyesight. To avoid chromatic distractions, potentially combative colors are taboo here. Rubber matting covers polished concrete so that skids, meaning platforms for stacking paper piles, don’t leave damage marks when dragged to and from presses.

Phased so as to avoid work stoppage, the project schedule covered a year, most of it completed in the first nine months.

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