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Open plan living with floating staircase

Open plan living with floating staircase

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Light & Airy
This interior feels light, airy and contemporary. The mood created is calm and relaxing and has a huge sense of space making one feel that you could almost fly around the room. The existing apartment was apparently a dark and claustrophobic interior and has been utterly transformed into a bright, airy, contemporary loft space. It is this type of successful transformation of a space that I find inspiring.
The space is 70m squared and feels very bright, light, airy, spacious and contemporary. The interior has been divided into different living areas, which include, dining, kitchen and lounge. It feels bright and airy due to the natural light which floods through the large windows. The windows have been left undressed which creates a contemporary, light and airy feel allowing as much natural light as possible through. All the walls and ceilings have been painted white which gives the space its uplifting mood and the contemporary character of white classical modern architecture inspired, I would of thought, from one of the most influential architects and furniture designers of the 20th century, Charles-Édouard Jeanneret. Better known as Le Corbusier (born 6 October 1887 –27 August 1965), he was famous for being one of the pioneers of what is now called modern architecture.
Carefully considered pieces of furniture have been used, for example, the dining chairs which are reminiscent of the Charles Eames plastic moulded 1950’s Eiffel chair. Charles Eames (born in America 17 June 1907 – 21 August 1978) was also one of the most influential architects and furniture designers of the 20th Century. His designs are still very popular today and are internationally reproduced. The dramatic steel staircase in white separates the cooking and dining area. The diagonal shape of the staircase creates a sense of direction towards the next floor and is an impressive architectural centre piece to the room. The main emphasis in the room is the staircase; it is the focal point of its surroundings. The horizontal lines of the furniture and their placement, including the storage/seating under the windows, and the grey fabric covered sofa, create an informal feeling and draw your eye across the room.
The textures and pattern in the space include three main pieces of furniture, the dining table, the coffee table which is an impressive crafted butcher block effect and the kitchen island. These pieces harmonise the interior and balance the different living areas thus interlinking them with the natural wood surfaces that then contrast with the grey floor. The rhythm and repetition of these elements create a visual link with interconnecting lines which the eye can follow easily; they work together and create a balanced harmonious, aesthetically pleasing space giving a feeling of calmness and tranquillity.
The use of the three hanging light fittings in black against the white of the ceiling and walls creates a dramatic contrast above the dining table. Again, this defines the dining area, and repeating the colour of the black shade with the large standing lamp in the lounge area, separating, yet relating to each other, again, creating balance and harmony throughout. These features are linked with the colour black and also in the functionality of giving light. I think the decision not to use art on the walls or place artefacts around or the use of any other colours creates more of an emphasis on the architectural features and the space allows your mind to focus peacefully without interruption. The staircase remains the emphasis in the centre of the space with its diagonal repetitive shapes and having chosen not to use any handrails, gives the effect that the staircase floats effortlessly within the space, creating almost “the stairway to heaven”.
Caroline Butterworth BA(Hons)Dip