Simple warmth

10.14.2009

I was scanning through some images on Architectural Record’s website today, and was immediately struck by this project by Bentel & Bentel Architects of the Craft Atlanta restaurant in Atlanta, Georgia.

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On a(nother) dreary day, the instant warmth of this extensive use of natural wood has a great ambiance.  I also love the naked lightbulb look in the third image.  There is a gorgeous hotel bar here in Wisconsin (the Iron Horse – unfortunately there are no images on their website that show this section of the bar) that uses similar fixtures, but in a more random placement.  The effect is just stunning, and surprisingly does not create a ton of glare.  Just goes to show, sometimes less really IS more!

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(all images credit Architectural Record)

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Design that Lasts

10.08.2009

Designers are often asked to ensure that their designs look great now, but also to make sure they aren’t so trendy that in a few years they will look dated. It is often difficult to achieve this balance. A lot of what people (designers & clients alike) are influenced by are the new trends. We see lime green everywhere—in magazines, in fashion, in fabrics and other products–for a few years and we want lime green in our own homes. Yet we know that sooner or later, lime green will be dated and that sea green or the green of a fresh tulip stem or sage green will be the new, hot color. Therefore, designers have to be careful how much we are swayed by the trends.

My partner & I strive to create spaces that will last. So I appreciate Frank Roop’s strategy in this design. It comes off trendy, yet lasting. I like how he decided to accent in small ways—a throw pillow here, a light fixture there—so that when styles change, the owner can change those small things out and the design will continue to stay current as the backdrop for this home is timeless. The overall design is soft & elegant. Clean, without being minimalistic. This is a home where I’d be comfortable living and also proud to show off.

Photographs care of www.frankroop.com

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