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Called the “architect of the century” by the New York Times early on in his career, the legendary architect Ralph Walker completed his Art Deco masterpiece, lower Manhattan’s Walker Tower, in 1929. With the Walker Tower and his other Art Deco skyscrapers he sought to humanize skyscrapers through both design and ornamentation.
Originally designed for the New York Telephone Company, today the Walker Tower has been converted into luxury residences with quite a pedigree . Walker’s original deco vision was painstakingly preserved during it’s conversion from office headquarters. This restored architectural masterpiece soars above its neighboring buildings, providing views of Manhattan that rival the beauty of the meticulously designed interior.
As part of that restoration SuperStrata was brought in to create the custom, hand-cast Art Deco inspired plaster panels that top the sleek, black marble lined lobby designed by Jarvis Studios. From design to fabrication and installation, creating the Walker Tower lobby friezes was an artistic pleasure at every stage.
Looking for architectural insights on Instagram? Look no further than this week’s #WallGramWednesday for inspiration. Tom Kligerman is one third of the AD100 ranked Architecture firm Ike Kligerman Barkley. Not surprisingly, he shares fantastic architectural spaces and details, but you’ll also see a sprinkling of landscapes, art, gorgeous cars, and other perfectly composed images that will keep you coming back for more.
You’ll find Tom sharing his trained eye on Instagram as @Tom_Kligerman. We guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
You’ll also find us on Instagram as @SuperStrataUSA.
It’s that day of the week again when we highlight an interior design or architecture must follow on Instagram. For this week’s #WallGramWednesday, we give you the Instagram account of Ashlina Kaposta aka @TheDecorista. The Decorista’s instagram feed satisfies our most glam interior design cravings with a well curated dose of inspirational interiors mixed with her own design endeavors.
You’ll find us on Instagram at @SuperStrataUSA!
This Friday we’re stepping into the world of Cy Twombly. His Roman apartment, photographed in 1966 by Horst P. Horst for Vogue, was his creative oasis. Lined with his paintings and filled with objects that spoke deeply to his aesthetic, his home was a work of art itself.
This shot, with its close cropping and massive scale of the painting, makes it easy to think the walls themselves are marked by Twombly. Just imagine what it would be like to be enveloped by Twombly’s luminous composition, energetic marks, and palette!
Happy Wednesday! Today is the day we share a fabulous follow on Instagram who posts inspirational interiors and architecture with fantastic walls. For this week’s #WallGramWednesday post, we’re putting a spotlight on Alessandra Branca‘s always alluring instagrams.
You’ll find Alessandra on Instagram as @abranca. You’re bound to be inspired!
All images via Instagram.
TGIF! This is the first of our new series, Friday Focus. Every Friday we will feature a favorite single interior or product that we’ve discovered. This week it happens to be both.
We were first introduced to APPARATUS at IFDANY’s Rising Stars of Design. It’s founders, Gabriel Hendifar & Jeremy Anderson, were there to accept the IFDANY honor for APPARATUS. Their presentation was charming, and WOW, did we fall hard for APPARATUS’ refreshing fixtures replete with sumptuous materials (like matte black python!) and expert hand finishing.
But something else caught our eyes too, and not surprisingly, it has to do with walls. They shared an image of a hand painted wall design based on geological strata in their former Los Angeles home that had the entire audience swooning. That design later inspired Strata Study, an APPARATUS linen wall covering collaboration with ZAK+FOX.
We’re in love.
If that weren’t enough, it seems that Gabriel Hendifar has some serious interior design chops. One only needs to see this Hendifar designed dining room to fall even harder. Sigh.
Critical acclaim, top interior designers, jaw dropping interiors, a stunning venue and one amazing cause, breast cancer research. That’s Holiday House NYC in a beautiful nut shell that the Nut Cracker himself couldn’t break. After attending the star studded Opening Night Gala a couple of weeks ago, we couldn’t resist reliving some of our favorites from Holiday House Past.
In fact, we were involved in the very first Holiday House NYC in 2008. Back then SuperStrata was an eponymous design studio run by our founder Jonas Everets under the moniker Jonas Everets Design. Jonas was thrilled when interior designer Kathy Abbott approached JED to do a custom wall treatment for her Kwanza themed room. The answer was a resounding yes! Beyond having a passion for great design, Holiday House’s mission was near and dear to his heart.
That first year brought together top designers and participants under a theme that is hard not to rally around- celebrate life! Every designer was asked to choose an inspirational holiday to design his or her space around in the historic Upper East Side mansion that would become Holiday House NYC’s home, Academy Mansion. Over the next six years the showhouse has seen top talent from the New York City interior design scene transform the Academy Mansion into a glorious and often luxurious homage to the beauty of life itself.
Support a great cause and see some truly jaw dropping interior design through December 18th in Holiday House NYC 2013 with interiors by Ally Coulter Designs, Campion Platt, Christopher Hyland, Cullman and Kravis, CW Design, Darrin Varden Design, Décor by Guillaume Gentet, Deb Landis Design, Deborah Martin Designs, Donghia, Franklin Eighth, Gregory Allan Cramer, J + G Design, J Cohler Mason Design, James Rixner, Joseph Parisi Interiors, Kelley Jackson , Mario Buatta, Michael McKinnon , Patrick J Hamilton, Patrik Lönn Design, Rachel Laxer Interiors, Scott Formby, Stephen Bastone, Studio Tim Campbell, Susanna Salk, Tinatin Kilaberidze Design, and Weitzman-Halpern Interior Design. Find more information here.
As we begin designing our own line of customizable mirrored tiles and panels, naturally we’ve been obsessing over mirrors in interiors. Although we haven’t seen anything like what we are cooking up in the studio, we have been drooling over some stellar examples of interiors with antique mirrored walls by some of our favorite designers. Whether the real old deal or newly minted, antique mirrored tiles add not only undeniable glamour, but also a touch of nostalgia and romance to the equation. Coupled with the fact that mirrored walls bring light, depth and visual variation to a space, it’s no wonder that this classic decor tactic has made a big come back.
Interior, Furniture, and Accessories Designer Nicole Fuller is a lot like her interiors. At once exuberant, enchanting, and cosmopolitan, this hip sophisticate creates fresh, glamorous environments with just enough edge to surprise and captivate. And we should know, Nicole has been a favorite client of ours for many years. Beyond being a joy to work with, she is an innovative designer who always requests imaginative new bespoke wall and ceiling treatments from us and other artisans she works with. Never one to overlook or downplay any element in her interiors, she’ll often incorporate bold wallpaper or design something completely new for those surfaces; whether custom plaster finishes, bespoke wallpaper, fabric, leather or metal, yes metal, the walls in her interiors are an integral component that never disappoint. We asked Nicole to share her design process, idols, and favorite wall treatments with us.
SS: You are a very detailed and involved interior designer and as you take every element of a room into consideration, at what point do the walls and ceiling come into your process?
NF: I consider them right from the beginning. The walls and ceiling envelope a space and are what initially inspire my creative process. They play a crucial role in the creation and direction of my designs. Walls and ceilings have the ability to either develop the pre-existing features in a space or even change the space entirely. You can also really play with spatial perception of a room just by referring to its walls and ceiling.
SS: Walls and ceilings in your designs are always an integral component. Beyond that, they are often really dynamic surfaces- fresh, inventive, and bold. Considering that wall finishes and treatments in contemporary design offer innumerable possibilities, what is your process in arriving at the final treatment for those surfaces?
NF: I like to learn and understand the age and character of the building that I am designing within. The intended emotion and ambiance in a specific space helps to define and clarify the creative process. My wall and ceiling creations often go hand in hand with the furnishings I am thinking of putting in the space, and building that initial relationship between actual pieces of furniture and what is either going on the wall or ceiling is vital.
SS: What challenges have you faced when designing for walls?
NF: More often than not, the issue is technical versus creative: uneven walls, poorly constructed buildings, and of course, low ceilings, are always a challenge that we look forward to finding a novel solution. I don’t really see any barriers as a negative but more as a challenge, and even the toughest situations excite me and push me to be more aggressive creatively.
It’s funny – clients typically resist wall covering at first. They only think about their grandmother’s flower paper. I have always used wallpaper and treatments in all my interiors. Wallpapers and treatments can reference history while simultaneously providing a compelling modern flair.
SS: What would you say has been your favorite wall treatment in one of your own projects? (Other than one of ours, of course!)
NF: I guess I would have to say Vampire’s Garden. It’s one that I designed. It’s distressed leather wall panels with abstract floral tattooed in pure mineral pigments. As with all our creations this treatment is fully customizable.
SS: What about in another designer’s project?
NF: I’m obsessed with Coco Chanel’s famous apartment in Paris, France. Not only was she brilliantly talented transforming the fashion industry, but also her interior design skills were perfection. She continues to be a true inspiration. I also adore Hotel Costes, designed by Jacques Garcia in Paris. It displays such imagination brought together by beautiful wall treatments and textures. Also Yves Saint Laurent’s apartment in Paris, designed by Jean-Michel Frank is a favorite. The apartment is masterfully designed with the perfect pairing of new and old pieces.
SS: As a style trend-setter, are there any new products or processes that you’ve begun using recently? What trends are you seeing with regards to wall treatments more generally?
NF: I think metal on the wall is going to be the next big thing – applied, inlayed, and painted. Metal is inherently dimensional – you can’t go wrong. We have recently started designing a burnished bronze geometric design on large panels for a client. I can’t wait to see them in place! I’m mixing in all different metal leaves (gold leaf, silver leaf, etc.) as well in my treatments. Stay tuned… I’ll be sending out sneak peek pictures through twitter at @NicoleFullerInt.
SS: As a designer, you create not only interiors, but also design individual elements that make up those interiors, such as furniture, lighting, and bespoke wall treatments. Where do you find your inspiration?
NF: Lately I’ve been inspired by vintage Van Cleef and Arpels jewelry. I recently went to a private showing and the shapes and color interacting just-so with the precious metals immediately made me think of a whole new concept for pieces of furniture.
It’s not surprising that Nicole is inspired by the baubles of the Van Cleef and Arpels. Just like those jewels juxtaposed just-so within their precious settings, the elements in one of her interiors are perfectly paired with their surroundings.
For more interior design inspiration see check out Nicole’s work on her Website.
To see Nicole’s furniture and accessories, check out her collection, Isabella Wolfe.
All photos courtesy of Nicole Fuller Interiors unless otherwise stated.