Modern Architecture

Several weeks ago, I stopped by the local Barnes and Noble to see what was on the magazine racks. To my delight, I found the 2015 Jan./Feb. issue of Elle Decor. I fell head over heels for every project in the magazine, yet each project told a completely different story. The common thread was how each project was such a personal expression of each home owner and family.

This particular project caught me completely by surprise. If you’re like me, in the store, first you skim the entire magazine – reading story titles and looking at the pictures to see if the mag is “worth buying”. I thought I was seeing a New England style exterior. Maybe the coast of New England, or possibly the Hamptons. The exterior photo spoke to me.

elle decor, Jan Feb 2015; Architect, Frederik Bauer; photographer,bWickmann+Bendsten

elle decor, Jan Feb 2015; Architect, Frederik Bauer; photographer,bWickmann+Bendsten

Just a second! What were these interiors?

elle decor, Jan Feb 2015; Architect, Frederik Bauer; photographer,bWickmann+Bendsten

elle decor, Jan Feb 2015; Architect, Frederik Bauer; photographer,bWickmann+Bendsten copy

elle decor, Jan Feb 2015; Architect, Frederik Bauer; photographer,bWickmann+Bendsten

Clean, minimal, materials beautifully and honestly expressed, classical modern furniture and lighting. This was not your typical New England style home!  Had to buy the bloody mag! Upon reading the article, the house is located on a piece of land overlooking the Strait of Oresund, a body of water separating Denmark from Sweden. Designed by Danish architect Frederick Bauer the exterior, in many ways, expresses a “New England vernacular”. The interior images, say modern Belgium and Denmark. The twist is the open plan layout is inspired by a SOHO apartment. A truly diverse melange of styles and influences beautifully executed.

Some people might question the strong juxtaposition of style and detail. As in Harry Potter’s Platform 9 ¾, this project confirms that one can seemlessly step thru the front door of a home into another world full of magic and delight. As a designer, I can appreciate the total commitment of both client and architect to the fulfillment of a vision. I LOVE it!

Personally, could I live in this house? That’s another conversation…

Cheers,

John Kelsey, Wilson Kelsey Design

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It had been so long I had completely forgotten. Our design assistant was cleaning out a file cabinet this week  found these old color photocopies of a Ferrari showroom space I designed back in the early ’90’s in the lower level of the Gaston Andrey dealership in Framingham. It was called Parabolica.

In it’s day it was pretty funky…

And yes, we CAN do modern/contemporary…

 

Floor materials were terrazzo, slate, turkish glass tile and porcelain tile. Black ceiling with track lighting.

 

Detail of the display units…

 

Custom counter detail…

 

While we’re in the Way Back Machine, here’s my baby. A 1979 308 GTB set up for the track – totally street legal and she went like stink!!! It is now owned by a collector in New York State. Many, many, many happy memories.

Cheers,

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Good Morning All!

Sally and I are delighted to be featured in the Summer Issue of Boston Common magazine. (Find us on page 103.) We were asked by it’s editor to review and comment on  a property that is currently for sale at One Charles Street South, in the Back Bay of Boston. They are the only two side by side penthouse units on the market in Boston today. Of course they offer spectacular views of the city, particularly from their private decks and patios.

Sally and I explored the notion of combining the units. Our design concept was to create a grand centrally located foyer/gallery with private family spaces to it’s left and public/gathering/entertainment spaces to it’s right. Each would have it’s own terrace/patio space.

Included in the story was a sketch I did, showing a fanciful notion of how the public space might appear – that being quite modern and open, with one space flowing into the next, with areas defined by ceiling treatments and light fixtures.

We imagined the foyer, the entire penthouse for that matter, in two very distinctly different styles. The first being quote modern, in the manner of Richard Hallberg.

 

The other, quite surprisingly, more traditional with today’s flair, as in the work of John Saladino.

In either case, the overall space lends itself to a series to wonderfully created enfilades, as in the old classic French style.

The listing is being handled by William Montero, of Warren Residential Group, 617, 312-7232.

Have a wonderful day!

 

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