The images in Robert Stern’s book, Houses, have been a source of inspiration, thought and study this past week as I begin digging in to one of our new projects. The play of light and shadow caught my eye in this photo.
Beautiful tall modern foyer style space. Love the cut outs above the doors on the right – how they are used for display. I especially like how Stern treated the framed opening into the room beyond and the “light box” above.
Here we are 180 degrees the other way looking at one of his traditional/classical foyers. Still very aware of the volume. I feel the chandelier, sconces, horizontal line created by the crown molding and wainscot make this a much friendlier/approachable space. I also like how the black hand rail on the stair reach across to the chairs by the door (and the chandelier).
One of the things I’ve been studying in Stern’s book is how he manages the perceived height of a room. This room is very tall with a vaulted ceiling. I like how the crown molding has been used to create a “ceiling line”. The balcony opening carved out of the ceiling is brilliant!
Have a great week!
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