Relocating the dining area to the far end of the room opened
new possibilities. The new location demanded a strong statement,
and a small but substantial mahogany dining table fit the bill.
Together with a tall display/storage cabinet and generous tufted
leather chairs, the dining area commands attention from afar.
With the dining area moved, we could now position the seating
area opposite the only wall available for a flat panel TV. Instead
of an entertainment unit, components are housed in a cleverly
concealed niche below the mantel of an electric fireplace. The
clients had also requested that we incorporate a recently purchased
cream ultrasuede clubchair. To complement it, we selected a compact
cream velvet sofa. While the sofa blends into the background,
the chair stands out against a moody deep purple-grey wall --
a tone that continues into the open kitchen beyond and balances
the weight of the dining area grouping. A black and white cowhide
bench atop a black and cream rug bridges the divide between the
kitchen and dining areas. Enlivening the neutral colour scheme
are shimmery silk pillows in trendy chartreuse reversing to pumpkin.
In furnishing this space, our guiding principle was to find
pieces with unique, high fashion details. Thus we selected the
dining table for its silver-grey pinstripe outlines. The drapery
fabric was chosen for its au courant woven geometric
pattern. The pendant lamp over the dining table is a simple lampshade
-- but with an intricate silver cage that subtly echoes the drapery
backdrop. And silver studs take the cowhide bench from rustic
When it came to selecting lighting for the living area, we
wanted to do something 'beyond' as well. So, instead of plugging
in a pair of table lamps, we made use of the existing ceiling
outlet to run a track system over the seating area. Suspended
from it, over elegant cream mirrored end tables, is a pair of
understated polished nickel chandeliers. Halogen track heads
between them are positioned to highlight artwork above the sofa.
Rather than the usual painting or framed print, this artwork
is a series of 3D pieces that offer something more -- a dramatic
play of shadows.