If you know us, then you know there are few things we enjoy more than: Disco (as seen in our posts here and here), boundary-pushing design (you can check out more of that here), and local artist Tara Sellios (read a write up on her here).
So it shouldn't come as a huge surprise then, that when we were given a blank space to design in this year's Junior League of Boston Designer Show House, we chose to combine all three for a space we call "Disco in the Garden of Good and Evil," ... and that the finished product is essentially our style incarnate.
From the beginning of the project, when we’d first selected the space, we knew we wanted to approach the room from the standpoint of an artist, not a designer. Essentially, we were inspired to create an art installation inside a room that was designed to complement the installation in every way. With the only parameters around our design being its relatively small size (the space is actually the area directly above the home's foyer, and more of a nook than a room), we were able to take creative liberties.
For the focal point of the space, we envisioned an original, large-scale art piece -- something that created contemplation and a bit of shock factor. Our muses: the ideas of growth, adaption, and visual stimulation represented by a garden, and the front-lines experimentation of disco culture. We also knew that Sellios, known for her darkly beautiful, graphically staged photos which broadly examine life and death, would be a perfect partner for us in creating exactly what we had in mind. Local photographer Matthew Sinclair, known for his LGBT portraiture, rounded out our artistic triumvirate.
Here’s the finished piece hung inside the show house.
The surrounding furnishings and art were each specifically designed or chosen to enhance and contrast features in the art. The two pieces of furniture in the room--the upholstered chaise and the glass console table, are custom made, as is the cone-shaped sculpture on the back wall.
As far as architectural detail, the major element of the space is the ceiling, a combination of concentric rectangles of applied molding interspersed with layers of LED-lit fringe, which fades through shades of blue, pink, yellow and white.
Intrigued? The Junior League of Boston Show House runs through Sunday, November 5, 2017.