Traveling Right at Home
Introduction:
The owner is a keen traveler who wishes to be abroad even when home. So we turn to his favorite destination, Paris, and finds inspiration from the Eiffel Tower. Abstractions from the tower form the project's design vocabulary, yielding two simple elements: lattice and illumination. Walls, ceilings, shelves, and even the railings forming an open closet meet at angles, and a feature wall and sliding door are panels adhered together by strips of lattice-like metal. Recessed linear lights are also lattice-like in their angled orientation. Panels of velvet and woven upholstery are used on the living room walls and the master bedroom headboard; their differing textures and geometric shapes increase the sense of depth in an otherwise compressed space - the ceiling is relatively low at 8.5 feet. Spotlights face outward at the walls, simulating the tower's light beams and creating a melodramatic mood. Feature light fixtures are also chosen for their shining characteristics. Working together are reflective surfaces such as the laminated cabinet finishing in the kitchen. The swirls in the marble finishing throughout also conjure up the tower's dazzling sight at night. A monochromatic color scheme further brings out the tower’s modern and chic presence.