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Streets of Barcelona


Streets of Barcelona

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OUR ONLY LIMITATION IS OUR IMAGINATION

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Streets of Barcelona


Streets of Barcelona

where

OUR ONLY LIMITATION IS OUR IMAGINATION

Floors take up massive amount of real estate. They are the glue, metaphorically speaking, that hold our rooms together

Decisions are made from the ground up. What will our floors be made of - hardwood, tile, mosaic, poured concrete, carpet and/or area rugs? What motif and colors work with the room? How is the flooring going to configure around the stationary parts of the room: walls, passageways, and built ins? When answered, each of these questions will help decide what works best for each room. 

Then there are noise and safety factors to consider when choosing flooring. Are there downstairs neighbors to be mindful of? And if we have babies or older people in our space, will they benefit from a soft surface in case of falling? 

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Wooden floors


 WOODEN FLOORS

What could be better than keeping older parquet floors that were left in their well worn original state? This mismatched flooring shows off layers of history. This could be a story of wood planks, parquet floors or maybe a mismatch filler around stone tiles in a bathroom because of a leak. Embrace the differences and push the look even further with red grout filler that unites the whole floor. Let’s make every ‘mistake’ a Martha Stewart ‘good thing’. Since we are all transients on Earth we can honor this continuum.

Wooden floors


 WOODEN FLOORS

What could be better than keeping older parquet floors that were left in their well worn original state? This mismatched flooring shows off layers of history. This could be a story of wood planks, parquet floors or maybe a mismatch filler around stone tiles in a bathroom because of a leak. Embrace the differences and push the look even further with red grout filler that unites the whole floor. Let’s make every ‘mistake’ a Martha Stewart ‘good thing’. Since we are all transients on Earth we can honor this continuum.

 Wooden floors w/character

keeping what we have

How can we keep what we already have alive even if we don’t like the look? If wooden floors - what is their condition? If not acceptable - can we salvage them by sanding, re-staining and sealing for a lesser cost than full replacement? Or maybe the existing wooden floors can be painted with a color that plays off the interior? A faux mosaic? It pains me to see home-improvement shows where limited budgets are gobbled up by costly floor replacements of brand new wooden floors, sometimes faux wood laminates – really? Is it not better to savage the old that’s developed character over time? This is not only least expensive but most importantly it is the environmentally friendly solution. 

One home improvement TV design star said she needed to take up the old floor because when they changed the floor plan, the old flooring did not match and therefore would no longer look seamless. Let’s instead ask, “can we make ‘not seamless’ work by giving this area a fabulous embedded mosaic (with real tile or if our budget is limited, painted to look mosaic) or strip the floors to take on this seemingly unsightly transition?”See FAUX Painted Floors a few paragraphs below.


Grey Art Gallery, New York University

Grey Art Gallery, New York University

Grey Art Gallery is on the first floor of a building that was formerly a manufacturing loft. Part of the charm of this gallery space is that the renovators had the smarts to keep these floors intact with all their many imperfections from machine bolt marks. This look can’t be bought, for any price!


Frilandsmuseet Open Air Museum

Frilandsmuseet Open Air Museum

Kalsomine - chalk - is a white wash applied to floors as well as brick walls. It is frequently used in Scandinavian countries where long, dark winter days keep people starved for light. When I had a client who wanted these floors, along with my Danish architect partner, we found THE best Danish manufacturer. Dinesen Floors are the best manufacturer of this flooring.

Dinesen Floors

Dinesen Floors

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painted floors


PAINTED FLOORS

Painting the floors black is a great backdrop to pop colors in the room. When sealed with a shine, they will never look dark or heavy because they reflect the light back.

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I tried this on my floors 20 years ago and they are the same showstoppers they initially were. The only slight drawback is that dust becomes more visible. Oh well, the price we pay…

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PAINTED FLOORS

Painting the floors black is a great backdrop to pop colors in the room. When sealed with a shine, they will never look dark or heavy because they reflect the light back.

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I tried this on my floors 20 years ago and they are the same showstoppers they initially were. The only slight drawback is that dust becomes more visible. Oh well, the price we pay…


FAUX painted FLOORS 

 are made to look like expensively inlayed wood - at a fraction of the cost

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Epoxy + Cork


SEXY EPOXY

Epoxy + Cork


SEXY EPOXY

POURED EPOXY

Reach for the epoxy and urethane to get the ultimate shine if lightly refinished or inlayed wood floors do not seem sexy enough. 


KooKiE CORk

for a more subtle shine


 
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Mosaic


MOSAIC TILE

The earliest known mosaics were found in a Mesopotamian temple dating back to the 3rd millennium BC. Made up of ivory, seashells, and stones, these decorative, abstract pieces laid the groundwork for mosaics made thousands of years later in Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire. 

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MOSAIC TILE

The earliest known mosaics were found in a Mesopotamian temple dating back to the 3rd millennium BC. Made up of ivory, seashells, and stones, these decorative, abstract pieces laid the groundwork for mosaics made thousands of years later in Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire. 

Islamic tessellations

Islamic tessellations

Wall  mosaic - Gaudi’s Parc Guell in Barcelona

Wall mosaic - Gaudi’s Parc Guell in Barcelona

Roof  hafez tombin Shiraz Iran

Roof hafez tombin Shiraz Iran

This ancient craft has spread over the world adorning the ground we walk on, the rooftops of churches and mosques we peer up into as well as the walls in between.

 


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Contemporary life offers a glimpse into floor, ceiling and wall mosaics.


Contemporary life offers a glimpse into floor, ceiling and wall mosaics.

Contemporary life offers a glimpse into floor, ceiling and wall mosaics.


Contemporary life offers a glimpse into floor, ceiling and wall mosaics.

A  deck of playing cards  depicting ad stone floor

A deck of playing cards depicting ad stone floor

Werkstatt  tile

Werkstatt tile

Thorvaldsens Museum  -   Denmark

Thorvaldsens Museum - Denmark

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Supreme mosaics


Uber hip skate board store Supreme on the Bowery - where they line up and wait around the corner just to get in. The original bank building’s mosaic floor was smartly left intact to become a feature of the interior.

Supreme mosaics


Uber hip skate board store Supreme on the Bowery - where they line up and wait around the corner just to get in. The original bank building’s mosaic floor was smartly left intact to become a feature of the interior.

Within 1 block of each other, in lower Manhattan, we stumbled upon mosaics facing an array of floors, walls and ceilings. Old and newer are alive, well and thriving inside and out. What a pleasant surprise.

Coffee anyone? Ceci Cela Patisserie on Delancey St hangs a chandelier from an inset mosaic on the ceiling.

Sara D. Roosevelt Park on Delancey Street. These mosaics are part of a recreation center shared by young and old alike.

 

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Toshiko Mori


Toshiko Mori's Ecological Cultural Center in Sinthian, Senegal opened in 2015. Considering the lack of water in the region, she pitched the roof of this building to form a water collection system that siphons rainwater into a cistern -providing 30% of the village consumption.

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Toshiko Mori's Ecological Cultural Center in Sinthian, Senegal opened in 2015. Considering the lack of water in the region, she pitched the roof of this building to form a water collection system that siphons rainwater into a cistern -providing 30% of the village consumption.

Pairing textiles, furniture and flooring makes for that perfect sweet spot.

Artist Residency @ Toshiko Mori’s Cutural Center, Senegal

Artist Residency @ Toshiko Mori’s Cutural Center, Senegal

Outdoor Stone floor at Cultural Center

Outdoor Stone floor at Cultural Center