By Lisa Peck, ASID
by Ally Evander, Allied Member ASID
Today for the Look of the Day, I wanted to share some photos of the new Jean Paul Gaultier fabric designs that the LiLu team checked out yesterday. Jean Paul Gaultier is a French fashion designer who has brought his edgy, unexpected ideas to a line of fabrics distributed by Lelievre fabrics.
Here are three colorways of a very dreamlike floral-scape….
A funky digital mash up of… I’m not quite sure what. But its cool!
Multiple colorways of a modern dot, printed on suede….
Cherubs and angels bring to mind Michelangelo, but with an updated twist….
A close up of the same fabric….
Another dreamlike print….
Interesting, unexpected, and emotionally evocative…. all packed into a fabric. Just think how these designs could change the look of your space. They may not be your style, but it’s fun to entertain the idea of something different!
This story has been all over the news: The Varsity Theater in Minneapolis has been named “Best Bathroom in America.” The distinction was determined by an online vote facilitated by Cintas, a leading supplier of commercial bathroom products. This space won the award based on popular opinion. So let’s look at this bathroom from a design perspective….
Here are a few things that make the bathroom unique:
-It blurs the lines between a men’s and women’s bathroom by having separate stalls, but combining everything else: the sink and lounging areas are co-ed. It’s a very social bathroom!
-It blurs the lines between where the bathroom ends and where the bar starts- you can be served a drink in the bathroom lounge. The same goes for the music stage- you can hear the music in the bathroom.
-Expect the unexpected. The faucets for hand washing are actually shower heads. And they are activated by a foot pedal.
-It’s not square. There are a lot of flowing lines in the brick work and ceiling trays.
I have not been in the space, so I can’t speak to its functionality, but it does appear to be a crowd pleaser simply because it is unlike most bathrooms and offers a unique experience for the everyday experience of using a public restroom.
For more info, visit bestrestroom.com or varsitytheater.com
by Ally Evander Allied Member, ASID
At LiLu, we always say every project is different. But we commonly design built ins for a lot of our clients. Why? Built ins add storage and an architectural element that furniture case pieces cannot always provide. It’s easy to get stuck doing the same thing over and over, a simple door style, an ordinary toe kick… But one design does not fit all!
Designing custom built ins and furniture is one of my favorite parts of the job. There are so many things to consider and the possibilities are endless. Here’s a run down of a few things we keep in mind when designing:
-Amount of storage needed
-Depth of storage needed; what is being stored? will special items fit?
Design in the details:
-Do we want it to look like cabinetry?
-Do we want it to look like a piece of furniture?
-What do we want it to be made out of and why?
-Wood stain or painted?
-Decorative materials applied?
-What will the durability of this finish be? Will it last? Will it stand up to kids/pets?
It’s a long list! All of the answers to these questions are important and vary depending on the client and project. Now that I have droned on about the intricacies of the built in, (can you tell it’s my favorite thing to work on?) let’s take a look at some of the ways LiLu has applied these ideas….
A locally built, custom cabinet with applied hand made wallcovering
Here we created our own door style! These doors have patterned dimension for visual interest. And let’s not forget the custom toe kick- no detail was overlooked! No hardware on this piece- we used touch latch doors so hardware wouldn’t distract from the design.
Another wallcovering applied to a built in media unit. But this time with an extra thick wood top. No thick stile and rail on the doors, just a really thin bead.
We used really simple details for this contemporary residence. Kerf lined doors, a solid surface top instead of plain wood, and sleek hardware. Monochromatic finishes for a really architectural look.
By Christina Winter, Allied Member ASID
Every Thursday LiLu takes some time to learn about new products. We have representatives from various lines that range from Furniture to Fabrics, Lighting to Plumbing come to our studio and inform us on their products, the latest technology or the new collections that have come out. Last week, we got to take a look at Momentum Textiles Loom Source line and see their new collection from Carl Gustav Magnusson and
Emanuela Frattini Magnusson. It was so inspiring I couldn’t wait to share. We loved the bright colors along with the fun, new patterns but the background stories of each fabric is what got me.
The entire collection and story can be found on their website… https://www.themomgroup.com/momentum_group_design_collaboration_carl_magnusson.shtml
There are five patterns in this collection called Magnusson. They are organic yet structured with great color combinations.
The first pattern called Cairns is a beautiful diamond.
The second pattern is called Nagayo and is represenative of a Japanese garden.
The Next pattern is called Malmo and is has symbols that represent a reflected ceiling plan. I just love it!
Turin is a beautiful pattern that is a layerd stipe under an organic grid.
Riga is a loose stripe with amazing colors!
By Christina Winter, Allied Member ASID
Here at LiLu, we love to do custom furniture pieces that are exactly what our clients need…for both aestheic but more importantly for function. We have had an opportunity to design Puzzle Tables for a client in the waiting rooms of their spaces. Each table is to have the function of a coffee table but also to hold a puzzle that guests can enjoy putting together while they wait.
The design is consistent in that we use a plastic laminate of various colors for durablility, an exposed plywood lip that helps hold the puzzle on the table, and the correct dimensions to fit each space. The design changes as the site changes. Since each projects is unique in its own way we are able to create tables that fit into each design.