July 24, 2010

Decked Out

The renowned livability of Vancouver shines even more brightly in summer. To take full advantage of this habitat, we created numerous outdoor settings, for our client's 'Pacific Modern' waterfront home. Both the architecture and the landscape design  seamlessly encourage indoor / out door living.  Walls evaporate and these exterior spaces flow effortlessly out of the interior.  Summer rooms with all the comfort, function + style, you would find inside.  Don't forget the sunscreen.

We used the same family of furniture + rugs throughout these expansive spaces, to allow for easy reconfiguration while entertaining or for changing needs. A neutral palette was selected for all furnishings which integrates beautifully with the outlook + exterior finishes.  The live edge ancient cedar dining table and benches were commissioned, specifically for this project.

July 15, 2010

Controlled Chaos

I consider myself extremely lucky to be renovating a project I worked on seven years ago.  The results of our new design refresh for Opus Hotel, rooms + suites is starting to take shape.  These signature rooms have always been 'out of bounds' in terms of most hospitality standards, and with this re-mix we are taking them even further out field.  The Opus brand is about being sexy, glamorous + 'la dolce vita'.  That mantra has informed all of our selections and reinvigorated the property, with a richer more luxurious sense of decoration.  We choose to keep much of the great bone structure in place, redressing it.  Not disregarding our past, but rather building on it, and evolving the Opus point of view.  It's sweet and soulful. 
In this vignette; an Opus Vancouver redecorated penthouse suite epitomizes our mission, a kind of controlled chaos ( state lacking predictability ), art work is by Anthony Goicolea.

July 2, 2010

More Flower Therapy

Making a home is a many layered thing.  While visiting a recently completed project, one of those layers was in full bloom.  Our favourite florist had just delivered some amazing flora + fauna creations.  Robert Munro's visceral understanding of embellishment is always perfectly aligned with the surroundings he designs for.  These artful expressions, remind us of our connection to the natural world, and instinctively recall our inherited history.   Parfait!
Extreme orchids in an organic container play against the simplicity of the glass kitchen cabinets.
Tropical colours + forms echo the large contemporary painting by Graham Gilmore.
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