Oculus - Summer 2017 Design Awards - 42
KIPS BAY SHOWHOUSE
NEW YORK, NY
The annual Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club Design Show House offers
coveted opportunities for each year's chosen designers to create one
room as if for a dream client. The rooms are always done pro bono, for
public display, and to raise money for a designated charity. This design
for the 2014 edition, which took place in the venerable Villard Mansion designed by McKim, Mead & White, updated the 400-squarefoot grand hall to become The Salon, a gathering and meeting
space to discuss inspiring art and design and how they intersect.
The main elements of the layered composition were whitened
frames that ring the ceiling, wall, and floor in two areas and act
as a foil to the room's original Neoclassical order. The metallic
painted portions of the frames and adjacent historic structure are
backlit to highlight the juxtaposition. The metallic bands carry
throughout the bespoke carpet and ceiling. The result is an intriguing tension between old and new, found and created.
Five custom benches inspired by the geometries of the room are
placed within the frames. Made of rift-cut white oak, the minimalist, box-like forms are open at both ends to reveal copper or lacquerclad interiors. Deployed as spaces unto themselves, the benches
offer another perspective to the surrounding room and the art.
Photographs by Stéphane Couturier from his Melting Point series
complete the marriage of art and architecture. The series' inspiration is reconstruction and design, and involves multiple images
spliced together and then superimposed to make new images.
Altogether, the room served as a research project where each chosen
or created element complements or foils another or, in the best-case
scenario, does both.
SPAN Architecture Design Team
Karen Stonely, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Peter Pelsinski,
AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Jean-Gabriel Neukomm, AIA,
Patrick O'Connor, Alexander Snyder, Claire Wood,
Amanda Waal, Elizabeth Oder, Matthew Gray
Cooley Monato Studio, Riverside Builders, The Alpha
Workshops, Amuneal, Crosby Street Studios, Bonni
Benrubi Gallery, Eklipse Lighting, Juno Lighting
Group by Schneider Electric, Bec Brittain