It’s Not All Bunnies

When I figure out how to add things to the web site proper, I am definitely going to install these photos. I am thrilled to have some high-styled contemporary work in our portfolio.

Photography: C. Geoff Hodgdon for Studio Santalla
Photography: C. Geoff Hodgdon for Studio Santalla

 

We painted this project for Studio Santalla for the 2006 Washington, DC Design Center Showhouse that they keep in the basement (sounds nefarious, but it isn’t, really.) I had a recent meeting with them regarding a new project, and they gave me these images to use. Ernesto Santalla has a very streamlined and contemporary aesthetic, and you can see that he approaches interior design from the point of view of his original training as an architect. He is also very interested in the holistic application of design to human living in a broader way, and integrates art, photography, and graphic design into his work.

Photography: C. Geoff Hodgdon for Studio Santalla
Photography: C. Geoff Hodgdon for Studio Santalla

 

We had a very interesting conversation regarding green finishes, for instance, did you know that the LEED program (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) does not currently concern itself with “cradle to grave” issues involving the relative environmental impact of materials or process choices? I was a bit disappointed to learn this, but we have to start somewhere. (I digress, and we will talk about this another time.) The real point is that Ernesto and I share similar concerns about the environmental impact of our industry and we hope to work together on future projects that address these issues. 

This particular project comes out somewhere in the middle, environmentally. The cool floating slab that arcs across the room is finished in a venetian plaster, which is composed entirely of natural materials – basically chalk, marble dust and water, and has about the best coolness:toxicity ratios available. It is set against a background of stippled oil glazing to create a subtle limestone quality (also cool, but solvent-stinky.) 

Photography: C. Geoff Hodgdon for Studio Santalla
Photography: C. Geoff Hodgdon for Studio Santalla

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