Artisan and Craftsman

Mar 312014
 

Designing with ornamentation seems to be a lost art, but we at Beaux-Artes believe there is a revival occurring.  Some of the most beautiful published rooms have architectural details and ornamentation.  Rooms that are beautiful without any furnishings.

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A trend we see is adding ornamentation to the ‘room’.  To transform a fireplace by adding ornamentation.

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To transform large expanses of drywall with wall panels.

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To create one of a kind doors.

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A client has asked me to create a door design which will be used on her bedroom doors.  It has been an interesting design process which I thought would benefit our readers.  When we began, our design inspiration was this gorgeous door.  I researched ornament possibilities on the Decorators Supply website.  Note the relief of the ornament on this door.  By the time I did a number of designs my client realized she wanted heavy ornament.

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The website has pictures for most of their ornament which can be saved and used to layout your ornamentation design.  You do not need CAD software to create a scaled design layout.  For a quick idea how the ornament will look in your design,  Publisher has easy tools to create a scaled drawing.

Step 1.  Do a scaled drawing of the door in Publisher.   I use a scale of 1/16″ = 1″.   I am using the dimensions of the door closed to determine my ornamentation design since the door opens into the room.  I have added very simple molding around my door design which I will add ornament to.  The ceiling is 8′; but there is a 12″ crown molding which leaves me with 3-1/2″ over the door for my door header ornamentation.  I am also putting rosettes on the blocks.

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This picture shows the door header with the old paneled door still in place.  The ornamentation will be added to a new flat panel door.  Rebecca is gold leafing the crown molding and door molding.  The small header over the door is also being gilded.

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Step 2.  Draw in the basic size of your door design.  My inspiration picture requires a border of running ornament around a 2-panel design.  I have not found the ornament which appears in the inspiration but I thought this ornament would work for the repeating S-curve that is in the outer border.  It also gives me a small rosette to cover the ends.

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Instead of a running floral design I chose this running ornament 2928F.  This ornament was not online so I scanned it and used Publisher to remove the dark background.

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Here is a screen shot of the ornament showing the scaled ornament in the upper left corner using the 1/16″=1″ scale.

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During the research and development of this design it became clear that the time involved in applying all of this individual composition ornament to six doors was going to be labor intensive and the design just wasn’t developing into a great design.  So, I began researching other design possibilities.

This Design is based on using most  of the inside panel of Decorators Supply Wall Panel 9894.

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My client did not want a shell as the center feature so I used this beautiful floral center 11627.  Now I had to figure out a C curve that would compliment the curve of the inner panel.  My client also wants a different feature on each door to represent whose room it is.

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This single panel design did not have enough beautiful ornament and the molding for the panel was not interesting enough.  Here is my design for a two panel door.  We decided the corners on the top panel with S curves to form an arch would be a good design.  For this design I chose this beautiful Rococo Rose corner 9804.

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The Center 11564 for the bottom panel

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This design lacks beauty on the bottom of the panels.  Here is yet another design adding corners to the bottom of the panels.  With each design I record the ornament style, size and cost with a picture of the ornament.

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This design is still not there.  The next design I am going to work on will be a 3-panel layout with heavy molding.

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Jan 082014
 

Happy New Year.  After a much needed vacation and wonderful holiday I am excited to be back with this blog showcasing the work of some of the top architects and designers at the forefront of global design today that are in Architectural Digest’s AD100.

Their work  is based on classically inspired details, proportions and principles of scale and harmony with 21st century comfort and style.  You will see a lot of bold colors, eye catching art, beautiful wall panels, craftsmanship and artistry.  Enjoy.

Alberto Pinto

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This firm specializes in Orientalism.

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Brian McCarthy

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Bunny Williams

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David Kleinberg Design Associates

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Dec 092013
 

Just bought a great book on the Empire Period Empire by Madeleine Deschamps. Here is some food for thought from the Introduction.   “The end of the eighteenth century was a tumultuous and remarkably rich period that laid the foundations of modern times.”  This can be said of our times,  the end of the twentieth century laying the foundations of the new age.   “In the course of the century the philosophy of Enlightenment had opened minds to realities veiled until then, and it had awakened hopes of social and political change in many lands.”  Once again, this can be said of our times with the expansion of knowledge, technology and physics all contributing to powers we could not have imagined just 30 years ago.  “In France this new consciousness culminated in a major cultural rupture, the Revolution.  The fall of the Bastille in 1789 and the death of Louis XVI in 1793 marked the end of a monarchy that had shaped France, its society, and its economy for ten centuries.”

It goes on to establish that the Revolution did not immediately find a language to express the social order they were striving to establish.  So there was no real break in the styles and art forms that characterized the reign of Louis XVI and the subsequent Directoire, Consulat and Empire Styles. The Empire style was a natural development of the neoclassical art born in the preceding decades, which explains why Empire also includes styles that predate the coronation of Napoleon.  “Despite a strong connection to its stylistic preedecessors, the Empire style was highly influenced by the personality of one man, Napoleon Bonaparte.napoleon Once in power he not only wished to dominate European countries but also to control their trade. “He also wished to give grandeur and splendor to his reign, a purpose best served by the arts. Thus the short years of his rule were a period of extraordinary development for arts and crafts in France and in the countries he controlled.”

What will be said of this time in terms of the development of the arts and crafts.  The decorative arts business had products and technologies which will enable today’s artists, artisans, architects and designers to surpass anything that has been created.  Hopefully there will always be patrons to support today’s masterpieces and with the advantage of technology the middle class will be able to create interiors rich with artistry.

“When Napoleon came to power he found a country that had been torn apart by civil war and lay in partial ruin. He also inherited royal residences that had been stripped bare by the Revolution.  Today’s interiors are in a sense are stripped bare with large expanses of drywall.  In his ten years as emperor he not only refurbished palaces and chateaux throughout France and Europe but also gave France one of its most superb collections of decorative arts. To accomplish this he provided massive help to workshops and nascent industries, encouraged and publicized technical inventions, and instituted schools, competitions and prizes. No one since Louis XIV’s minister Jean-Baptiste Colbert had been so concerned with the economic status of France and the international image of its arts and crafts.  Just as Napoleon knew how to surround himself with the best political and military counselors, so too did he call some of the best artists in Europe to his service.”

Let’s look at the glory of the Empire Period and dream about our expression of the decorative arts in the 21st Century.

The Chateau de Malmaison, Paris is a country house in the city of Rueil-Malmaison about 12 km from Paris. It was formerly the residence of Joséphine de Beauharnais, and with the Tuileries, was from 1800 to 1802 the headquarters of the French government.

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Mythological Frieze, Chateau de Malmaison

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Josephine’s  Bedroom

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Today’s Mansion - The Enchanted Home

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Hotel de Beauharnais, Paris

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Salon of the Four Seasons – The paintings of the four seasons were formerly attributed to Pierre-Paul Prud’hon and now to Anne-Louis Girodet, who painted works on the same theme for the Platinum Study in the Casa del Labrador in Aranjuez, Spain.

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Bathroom at Hotel de Beauharmais

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The Turkish bath in the Hotel de Beauharnais

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Beaux-Artes designed and executed this Powder Room using technology to create the pietre dure design on the vanity and reproduce it below the chair rail with venetian plaster.

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Inspiration vanity.

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Empire has a section on wallpaper since it was becoming a convenient and attractive way to decorate an interior.  Manufacturers as Jacquemart et Benard, Dufour and Zuber made papers of great artistic and technical quality in lavish colors.  It was a young industry when the Revolution broke out.  Wallpaper answered the demand of a clientele that could not afford expensive silks for decorating the home.  The extension of the Empire opened Europe to their production.

Great article by Barbara Clark in Artisphere Online showcasing the work of Alan Carroll

“My old business partner, Mark Kusek, really opened my eyes to the digital world. Without him I never would have embraced computers as a tool for decorative artists in the same way. More importantly, he taught me that you can be true to the same creative spirit that flowed through the old guys while at the same time embracing new technology.

You don’t have to be mired in the past, trying to copy stuff that was done way better hundreds of years ago. ”

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“Imagine you have a piece of artwork on your computer. You’ve either painted and scanned it, or created it directly on the computer. Want to make fabric? Wallpaper? Flooring? ceiling murals? Area rugs? verre eglomisé? You can do all those and tons more from the same piece of artwork now by combining the power of digital printing with traditional skills. We are only beginning to touch on the possibilities.”

“We even developed a way to print gold size. You could get a sheet of ebony veneer for example, and literally print from any design you have on your computer screen in gold size right onto the wood – no masking/stencilling necessary – then gild it. The computer is used just to expedite the hand-done finish, not to supplant it. It’s still a hand-gilded product.

Or forget about printing the size. What about printing the ‘painted’ image on the reverse of glass before you gild it? Mark is now in the middle of printing verre eglomisé polychrome designs right onto glass from ornamental panels that I painted using a Wacom tablet and some computer software. This is groundbreaking stuff. Print the image onto the reverse of the glass, and then gild it. He even printed the patina onto the sheet of glass before gilding it. Time savings are huge, and that’s just with this one thing!

“I think that’ll be my theme for the future: exploring how to expand and truly incorporate digital technology into the decorative artist’s toolkit. I don’t mean simply painting something by hand, then selling prints. But how about this other experiment we did with the Glass department of OSU in Ohio: We printed our gold size directly onto paper in super-detailed ornate designs. then we simply applied leaf, and dusted off the design. The gold only sticks to the areas we printed. Then we took these gold leaf designs on paper to the glass furnace. The guy blows a vase out of molten glass, then rolls it carefully across our design. The paper burns off completely, and the gold design is instantly transferred to the glass. Never been done before, but we just came up with it by experimenting.

It’s not just about coming up with ways that save time over traditional methods. It’s also about creating new hybrid techniques that could not be conceived of any other way. That’s the future.”

Josephine and her Entourage at Lake Garda, 1805-6 by Hippolyte Lecomte.  Available as a 12″ x 15″ print for $181.

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Chateau de Compiegne

 

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The Ballroom

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Empress Marie-Louise’s Second Salon later called the Salon of Flowers.  Would love to do a variation of the panel art in this room.  The Book Empire has a wonderful closeup of the panels.

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Hotel de Charost

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The Sala di Marte near Naples

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Beaux-Artes Arabesque Panel

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Casita del Principe, El Escorial, Spain

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Platinum study in the Casa del Labrador, Aranjuez, Spain

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Charlottenburg Castle, Berlin

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Nov 152013
 

slatkin-5AS-cover It is a pleasure to review and offer a free book to one of my readers of Interior Designer, Howard Slatkin’s New York apartment Fifth Avenue Style.   Not only is it filled with creativity, artistry and craftsmanship, but practical ideas for organizing the working parts of a home.  According to Howard, “This interest in the inner workings of a home is the genesis of the book in your hands, and perhaps an integral part of the success I have been fortunate to have had as an interior designer. A home doesn’t run smoothly and effortlessly unless all these service areas are well planned.”

It is a visually beautiful book.  Tria Giovan’s excellent photography captures the exquisite details, and lighting which is Howard’s obsession. Another purpose of the book is to show the inspiration for the rooms and the choices, decisions and what he would do differently today, hoping that the reader will benefit from his process and be inspired to follow your dream for your home. I so enjoyed that aspect of the book.  His design philosophy “is that rooms should be deeply personal; make yourself comfortable in them, and others will be too.”  Another reason for the book was to create a record of what was done and most importantly what a group of superbly talented artisans achieved.  That there are craftsmen today who are committed to beauty and quality with the skills and talent to create it.  He is a patron for all those in the field of the decorative arts.

I love the organization of the book.  It is like a personal tour beginning with getting off the elevator into the Elevator Vestibule with panels made from an eighteenth-century Chinese black lacquer screen that had serious water damage.  A visit to  Monplaisir, Peter the Great’s summer palace in Peterhof, where an amazing Chinese-style room with gilt-decorated black lacquer panels inset in moldings was his inspiration of his vestibule.  He refers to sources of inspiration as a point of departure (POD) which gets him going on the design for the space.  The floor is incredible.  It was inspired by the floor in Empress Maria Feodorovna’s bedroom at Pavlovsk outside of St. Perersburg.  It was done by Alexander (Sasha) Solodukho.
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Chinese Room in Monplaisir

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From the Vestibule you enter the Gallery.  One of my favorite rooms.

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His POD for the design was the early-nineteenth-century French scenic wallpaper panels that he found at a Paris antique dealer.  The book has many beautiful photographs of this space along with background information about all the details that went into creating it.  The apartment had no ornamentation or architectural details.  Everything was designed and created by Howard and his team of artists and craftsmen.  This also included all the fabrics most of which were also embroidered.

The ornament used to create this space is beautiful.  As an inspiration for us,  here is a similar ornament  from Decorators Supply which is on the doors.

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The Living Room, which was quite small in the original apartment, was combined with an adjoining sitting room to create a light filled room overlooking Central Park.  However, it resulted in a long, narrow room which he remedied with  painting  the eighteenth-century oak parquet wood floor he found in Paris a color similar to the boiserie paneling.   The floor was installed upside down because he did not want to destroy the original honey-colored finish and he preferred “the unfinished underside’s rougher, more textural surface”.

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The living room niche was another remedy for the ‘bowling alley’ feeling of the long room.

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The Library has embossed leather panels with  horizontal and vertical strapwork borders which  he commissioned.  The book has great closeups of the walls.  Love the Louis XIV style pilasters inset with patinated mirrors.

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The Dining Room’s POD was Raphael’s Loggia at the Vatican which was copied at the Hermitage and also the interior of his favorite restaurant, Le Grand Vefour in Paris.

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Here is his inspiration,  Le Grand Vefour, which  is said to have the most beautiful, romantic dining room in Paris.

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To enter the drawing for this wonderful book please like this blog post on Facebook and send me a comment  by Thursday, November 21.

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Nov 062013
 

I attended a luncheon and Presentation entitled “Like It, Love It, Cherish It”  which was hosted by the Washington Metropolitan area’s ultimate hardware store, Union Hardware on Wisconsin Avenue in Bethesda, Maryland.  The presentation focused on the Energy that results from your  feelings about your surroundings.  They said people are willing to spend up to three times their budget with an emotional connection.

Exterior Mural  by David Gordon using personal collection of hardware

union-hardware-mural“Like It, Love It, Cherish It” is an interesting approach to understand the motivation to reach for the best.   Union Hardware incorporates this brilliant idea to feature artists, designers,  innovation and the best products in their industry along with a philosophy that encourages the pursuit of your highest desire.     Certainly peaked my curiosity with our related niche of providing solutions to necessary but  nonetheless modern intrusions.   Union Hardware sells decorative plumbing solutions, Beaux-Artes sells and manufactures  decorative solutions for heating and air conditioning ventsdrywall and recessed lighting .  So what is the deciding factor in the choices made for  these areas.  For us it is attention to detail.  I always notice and wonder why a beautifully done interior has an industrial louver instead of a decorative grille.  That white louvered grille is very noticeable.

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So here is their observation.  Like it would be the best choice from a big box store.   Love It would not be available at big box stores but at finer retailers and online.  Union Hardware is filled with lots to love.

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Artwork, I love the water splash of this gown.

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 Then their is a Cherish It choice where every time you see and use it you are affected by the item, and Cherish It, as perfect in every way.  This is an item such as this amazing Baccarat faucet.

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 The Showroom has won their industries, Showroom of the Year Award which I imagine there was little competition with their sophisticated presentation of modern necessities, bathroom fixtures, door hardware and accessories.   Their approach is the result of careful thought about the need for artistry, quality, design and respect for the objects.  The Cherish It factor.  When I first walked in there was a beautiful wall display with Baccarat  and  Lalique.   Baccarat has just come out with a new book;   Baccarat: Two Hundred and Fifty Years. This book on my Christmas Wish List.   This gorgeous faucet would be a Cherish It purchase for sure.

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These knobs are stunning.

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In 1914, Union Hardware was an old fashioned hardware store serving DC residents. Company founders Abraham and Jennie Goldberg chose the name “Union” because of the growing strength of labor unions.

In 1954, their son Charles Goldberg expanded this traditional hammers and nails hardware store to include a small selection of decorative plumbing and hardware products. The demand for these products grew so fast that it wasn’t long before the decorative product took over the adjacent building. In 1970, a bold risk was taken to move from the city to the “outskirts” of Bethesda, MD.

Grandsons David and Barry serve as Vice Presidents of the company to make Union Hardware a third-generation, family-owned and operated business.

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Leather Door Handles – Fabulous

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I love this porcelain wainscoting.  As one designer pointed out it is much more elegant than tile.

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Lovely embossed panel.

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Just love the beautiful stone used in this sink and shower.

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Another beauty.

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Owner, David Goldberg and Jim Bartak offered some insights into interactions in the design process which led to Cherish It choices.  As a designer and artist those experiences of creating designs and objects to Cherish is the best.

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Sep 172013
 

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Steven Semes masterpiece, The Architecture of the Classical Interior is a comprehensive, thematic study of the architectural conception and treatment of classically designed rooms.  In his preface he states so eloquently, “..this book is intended neither as an historical survey nor as an academic theoretical treatment but, rather, as an exploration of perennial themes that have shaped the classical interior throughout history, regardless of style or period. ”

That is our interest as well.  The classical tradition has a rich heritage of architectural beauty and as Mr. Semmes points out,  it was all there was until contemporary arrived.  “The classical tradition is the mainstream of Western art.  From its origins in ancient Greece to the decline of Rome, and again from the middle of the fifteenth century until the second quarter of the twentieth, it would have been unnecessary to define or explain it.  Rich and varied in its ideas and its products, the classical point of view was the way most European artists and architects during this period-and their artistic progeny around the globe-thought about the world and their work.”

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The Parthenon

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Parthenon Replica, Nashville

 

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The three countries that have done the most to define the classical interior as a work of art are Italy, France and England. The United States has done more than any other to sustain the tradition into the present. Semmes offers a “how to do it” rather than “what it means”.  His hope is to inspire interest in classical architecture to readers in general and deepen an appreciation for the artistry of the interior in those already devoted to the classical muse.  Classical Addiction shares the same interest.

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Metropolitan Museum of Art Period Room

He goes on to note, “But the most important contribution to the present-day renaissance of classical art is unquestionably made by the patron, without whom the aesthetic sensitivities of artists come to nothing, the skills of craftsmen go unused, and schools no longer teach the traditional wisdom.  Hence, this book is addressed to the patron as well as the student and practitioner.”

This blog is an opportunity to look at  the amazing work that is being done today in the decorative arts.  I love to feature artists and designers.  So what a  pleasure to show this amazing work by Alan Carroll of Decorative Imaging, for the Kips Bay Show House.  Decorative Imaging designed and produced the surface treatments for this room using a combination of digital and traditional decorative arts techniques. The floor and doors are inlay designs using their revolutionary new digital marquetry process. They have been imaged to wood veneer and applied to the respective surfaces.

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The Neoclassical, architectural moldings surrounding all of the doors were designed and produced as custom digital wall coverings on mural canvas. The 3D effect has been digitally composed into the print to create the illusion of depth. Digital Imaging controls the angle of the light and shadow effects to match the direction of light coming into the room.  The  2006 Kips Bay Show marked the debut of this process.

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This “Adam Style,” design was created and digitally imaged to mural canvas as a custom trompe l’oeil ceiling. Simulating the appearance of carved, plaster relief, this design mirrors the basic layout of the floor, an Adam trademark.

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Digital images on wood veneer applied to a pair of large metal fire doors.  These door treatments were designed for their stately impact.

These rooms are definitely today’s wall art masterpieces.  Some more examples of Decorative Imaging’s products for walls.

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Custom Digital Wallcovering – Digitally painted, foliated, scrolling grottesque wall panels in polychrome.

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Neoclassical Architectural Wallcovering - Neoclassical, trompe l’oeil architectural wall frieze. Digital image on Type ll Class A wallcovering.

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Ornament for wall and for frieze bands. Digital image on Type ll Class A wallcovering.

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Neoclassical Faux Plaster Relief - Digitally imaged, faux plasterwork.

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Patterned Veneer - Horizontal striped pattern in Amboyna Burl, Ivory and Padauk. Digitally imaged, patterned veneer wallcovering.

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Digitally imaged, faux marbre wall panel.

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Out of time for today.  More to follow.

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Sep 102013
 

time-coverThe cover story in the April 22,  2013 edition of  Time Magazine, “Made in the USA, Manufacturing is Back, But Where Are the Jobs?”.   If Beaux-Artes’ is an example, manual labor is being replaced with computerized 3-D engineering and other technology to improve product quality and manufacturing efficiency.  Take for instance making a new grille size, instead of laying up a new pattern by hand, we now use Rhino 3-D software to draw new designs in a computer. From there the new design is cut on our computerized numeric controller (CNC) or sent out to be created on a 3D printer.  Today’s machinist has to be more of a computer  expert than manual laborer.  As a result,  one person can run numerous CNC machines or multiple 3D printers simultaneously.

All this technology means more business.  Two years ago Beaux-Artes made 54 decorative “fire dampers” for a new court house in Rogers,  Oklahoma.  They wanted our Arts & Crafts grille design made into a fire damper to fit into a T-bar type suspended ceiling grid.  Since we already had a 3D drawimg of our 20×20 Arts & Crafts grille, we were able to re-size it and add the outside flange necessary for it to fit into the ceiling grid properly.  Once we finished re-sizing the 3D drawings we cut the new master on our CNC table in 4 days of continuous operation.  At quitting time each evening we simply turn off the lights, leaving the CNC to work all night in the dark. The speed of the design time and the CNC replication of the master pattern, allowed us to deliver the newly designed product in a timely fashion. Without this new technology we could not have met their time schedule and would have lost the job.  Instead this early experience convinced us that this new type of manufacturing technology was our future.

 

Here is our Arts and Crafts T-Bar Suspended ceiling grille in Gray Wash.  All of Beaux-Artes products are available in over twenty finishes.  The CNC is our only fully automated process.  All of our casting and finishing is done by hand.  Since taking over our manufacturing in July 2012 we have made improvements to every step of creating our products.  We use the best thermal resin available.  This resin is perfect for HVAC grilles.  It works with both high and low temperatures.  It is rigid and will not warp, plus it is paintable and machinable.  It is extremly dimensionally stable and moisture and corrosion resistant; making it suitable for interior and exterior applications. In most areas our resin actually outperforms metal.

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With our new technology we are  redesigning our complete Arts and Crafts line of 42 grilles from the 4″ x 6″  to the 24″ x 36″ sizes. Using our 3D Rhino software, we are standardizing our most popular grille line. The results are outstanding. We just completed making the largest Arts & Crafts grille the RR-209 24×36.  It took 10 days of continuous machining to complete the new master. There are over 6.8 million lines of instructions to direct the cutting tool path to replicate the 24″ x 36″ grille. The detail is so fine that a 1/16” ball mill cutting bit has to make 11 passes to just cut 1/16” of the super hard archival material used for the new master. Once completed the master will last forever.  From the master we make molds to cast the grilles that we sell.

The CNC cutting the Arts and Crafts 24″ x 36″ grille.

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There is no comparison between this handsome historical reproduction grille and pattern cut grilles.  We are the only company that specializes in historic reproduction grilles offered in over 30  finishes.  With our ability to use technology we can offer affordable custom options.

Arts and Crafts 24" x 36" decorative HVAC grille

Below is a  competitor’s grille. It is only is available in white, black,  brown or you can paint it yourself. Other than the frame it is rather two dimensional.

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A laser cut grille by Patterncut.

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Metal Grille by Reggio Registers

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Sometimes we send a 3D file out to a subcontractor to replicate the design on a 3D printer.  It depends on the size of the item, since 3D printers have a size limitation.  However,  we found the 3D printing approach perfect to resize our Victorian recessed light medallions. We used a laser scan of our 6” Victorian trim for recessed lights to made six new sizes so that it fits with all the new smaller sizes of  recessed light canisters.  Now regardless of the size of your recessed lights, we have that size available  in our most popular Victorian trim.  Beaux-Artes is ready to invest in a 3D printer once they obtain a larger replication platform size.

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So manufacturing is back in the USA, but the old assembly line jobs of manual laborers have been replaced by computer savvy operators running multiple machines and skilled artisans for mold making, casting and finishing.

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Jun 262013
 

This is a most magnificent time we live in.  Following my previous blog on Classical Wall Treatments…, never in the history of the planet has so much potential to create amazing beauty on walls, ceilings and virtually any surface been possible.  Architexture from Italy offers a unique, innovative and highly specialized solution for the Decorative Industry.   Their unique products combine highly sophisticated European digital imaging with traditional techniques.  They have the ability to take any image, any surface (interior and exterior) with no size limits,  or join lines  and create  outstanding wall, ceiling and surface treatments that are cost effective.

This magnificent image is their product Tattoowall and the chair fabric is  urbantattoo.

Tattoowall Mural with Mural Elements Printed on Chair Fabric

Tattoowall is a patented and certified new technique created for the production of direct and lasting transfers of digital images to any surface of any size.  It is not the application of a film or paper, but the direct transfer of color onto a desired surface.  It adapts to a smooth or rough surface up to .2 inch variation.  It can also be designed to apply to domes and curved surfaces.

Urbantattoo  uses  sophisticated European printing technology for the  digital reproduction and transfer of images to any surface including ceramic tiles, mosaics, wood, parquet floors, cement, bricks, sheet metal, glass, fabric, leather, aluminium, linoleum etc. The applications are virtually limitless.

 

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Yes, this is a tattoowall!!

Tattoowall by Terri Roddy

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Before and After Tattoowall Ceiling Mural by Jerry Troyer

Close-up of Tattoowall Ceiling Mural by Jerry Troyer

Tattoowall Footboard by Joannie Wooder

Architexture partners have extensive knowledge and experience in the field.  After having studied Fine Art in Italy, with a specialization in Decoration, Restoration and Paint Techniques from the 1400′s, they have been involved in numerous operations around the world.  These include a Faux Finishing company in South Africa, a Paint and Coatings manufacturing plant in China and a Textured Wall Coating business in Melbourne, Australia.

Having always been involved in the industry, the partners saw a need to provide clients with a service and products that included the entire range of surface treatments that went from traditional to cutting edge, but at the same time allowing the client to create without limitations.

Tattoowall Mural in Dome by Jason Lucas

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Tattoowall in Dome

Architexture provides a written step by step guide to the application of Tattoowall as well as a video presentation.  They also offer Certified Application  courses.  I have signed up for a class in the fall with The Greater Maryland Decorative Artists group, which is a chapter of the International Decoratists League.   Each artist selects the style sample kit  and receives two sample boards.  I have a client who wants the Sibille-look for a spa.  In addition they have two-day workshops where you complete a larger installation.  They also have a list of Certified Applicators throughout the United States and Canada.

This work is by B&G Studio Designs based in No. Virginia - Before Tattoowall

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Jun 202013
 

Limewood Carving

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This is the amazing work of David Esterly who was commissioned to reproduce the Dutch born Englishman Grinling Gibbons masterpiece in Hampton Court Palace which was destroyed by a fire in 1986.  Esterly,  is American and  self-taught wood carver working in limewood.  Esterly a Harvard grad and Fulbright Scholar lives in upstate New York.  His memoir, The Lost Carving; A Journey to the Heart of Making,  explores the connection between creativity and physical work.  His creamy white creations are available (on commission) through W.M. Brady & Co. in Manhattan.

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Sculpture

Sargent Architectural PhotographySculpture is elegant, timeless and a classic addition to any space.

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Ornament

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Ornament adds another level of beauty, artistry and craftsmanship.

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Love this combination of white and platinum.

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Jun 182013
 

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It is my pleasure to devote this post to Leslie Sinclair.  Her beautiful book Segreto Secrets to Finishing Beautiful Interiors is my current favorite.  I was prepared to just give a sampling of great plaster, faux, trompe l’oeil, color palettes, interior design, art and architecture from the book until I discovered even more amazing work from the premier finish design firm in Houston, Texas Segreto Finishes.  Leslie’s talents along with the work of the  20 amazing artists she has brought together are responsible for this  most impressive body of work.  The Segreto style is the result of what they do with paint, plaster and color on the  walls, ceiling, doors and cabinets.

The architects, designers and builders that came together to create these spaces are all to be complemented.   Excellent.  I give the book 5 stars.

Selections from Segreto Secrets to Finishing Beautiful Interiors.

Book Tip  “When plastering the walls and ceilings of a newly constructed home, the sheetrock should be taped, floated and lightly sanded.  There is no need to fix imperfections in the sheetrock or to texture, prime or paint the walls.  This savings can offset the overall cost of applying plaster.”  Leslie Sinclair

Provence

The plaster on the walls, cabinetry finishes and beams achieves the feel of Provence.

Designer – Cindy Witmer, Architectural Consultant – Sarah West, Building Design – Robert Dame Designs, Builder – Parker House, Inc.

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French Chateau

Love the panels and plaster.  Love it.

Designers – Margie Slovack and Sarah Herndon, Architect – Sullivan, Henry, Oggero & Associates, Inc., Builder – Memorial Builders, Inc.

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European Farmhouse

The plaster walls for this master bath achieve a feeling of  serenity along with the neutral and warm color palette.  Very flattering.  Rustic, elegant and classic.

Design – Eleanor Cummings

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Louis XV Revisited

It was very difficult to choose what pictures to show you because they are all so wonderful, but this one is very special.  “Changing the background color of this cove creates the illusion that the antique columns are integral parts of the design.  Evoking a celestial sky, friezes that decorate these ceilings enhance its architecturally interesting details.”

Antiques and Furnishings – Joyce Horn Antiques

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Ranch Style Chateau

“Bringing artful touches to the walls and ceilings of this large 21st century construction transforms its newness into the richness of a home with history.”

Designer – Talbot Cooley, Building Design – Colby Design & Brandon Breaux, Builder – Darryl Dieciedue

 

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Fabulous design for this ceiling which would look great with one of Beaux-Artes decorative grilles or recessed light trims painted in the same color palette to replace the standard industrial features.

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Wonderful wall treatment – tinted artist’s gesso troweled through a stencil over a silver metallic paint and then tea stained, giving the appearance of dimensional wallpaper.

Designer – Sheila Lyon

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