Boutique Design - July/August 2018 - 36
In keeping with that theme, the "off " qualities become the focal
points. In Izakaya, the design revolves around a diamond-shaped
Lothar Hempel piece which used to hang over Levai's sofa. So far, so
typical. But, Quinn had a fresh twist on the idea of paintings as
FF&E. "The lighting strategy was to illuminate the artwork and let
the glow off the large paintings become the main light source for the
room." In other words, no vanity lighting here. In the entry to the
space, clinically harsh stainless steel walls and a geometric art piececum-maitre d' stand push the boundary between spare and Brutalist
just a little closer to the latter. Moving upstairs, the ultra-spare
Omakase space is almost menacing in its emptiness.
Straylight illuminates the headiest mix of beauty and ugliness. A
rework of Freeman and Lowe's multi-room, dystopian 2012 exhibition Stray Light Grey, this version plays up the disconnectedness of
the original and drenches it in design decisions that skew dreamy or
nightmarish depending on the perspective. The so-not-to-heaven
stairway down to it sets the mood with retro-trippy mauve tones
and a giant, unapologetically chipped concrete block (a structural
support). Freeman and Lowe turned to digital art formats to add the
glitzier side of the space. Signage and videos amp up the visual
interest while adding to the surreal atmosphere.
boutiquedesign.com july + august 2018
SebaStian Quinn building WorkShop
JORDAN DONER (STR AYLIGHT ); BLOSSOM BERKOFSK Y PHOTOGR APHY (QUINN)
2 DIY: Adding humble pieces
to the mosaic mix in
Straylight breaks up the
relatively massive volume
of this enveloping mosaic.
Can you spot the vases?