Portland Art Collector
Art is so very subjective, and this home is centered on that premise. We came into this condominium when it was completely empty and had the opportunity to design it from head to toe, using the inhabitants’ collections as our point of inspiration. The couple had traveled extensively around the globe and made a point of brining home unique pieces of art, sculpture, and found objects to remember their many adventures. The condominium is a two-bedroom, two-bath, 1200-square foot floor plan that provided us with many open walls and opportunities to place the art throughout the home.
As the art was the star, the design team felt that the color story should play more a secondary, background role to the couple’s collections. Blacks and whites were the main colors in this palette, which created a dramatic effect in the various rooms. In the living room, we opted to incorporate leather sofas, marble and nickel tables, and a cow-hide rug to emphasize a sleek, masculine feel to the space. We created vignettes throughout the home displaying art work including curio cabinets and picture rails. The dining room was greatly influenced by the Art Deco period, so we decided to install a black glass lamp above the table, which provides contrast to the multi-colored glass art installation on the corresponding wall.
In addition to Art Deco, this home’s design is influenced by such divergent influences Asian art, classical art, and contemporary design. We felt this amalgam of designs increased the dramatic effect of the space while still keeping the art front and center.