Saturday, October 9, 2010

designer spaces & market places — a success story

Here they are, the pic­tures from our photo shoot with Michael Parte­nio at Designer Spaces and Mar­ket Places. The event was a suc­cess for the two non-profit ben­e­fi­cia­ries: Rebuild­ing Together Hart­ford and The Hart­ford Preser­va­tion Alliance.

The com­mu­ni­ca­tion story begins with the "noisy" walls. White and black stripes are inter­rupted with ran­dom Face­book posts, Twit­ter tweets and com­ments from passersby. We are all sur­rounded by a con­stant bar­rage of com­mu­ni­ca­tion and infor­ma­tion. The photo wall is filled with pic­tures of peo­ple com­mu­ni­cat­ing in dif­fer­ent ways.

Din­ing together was the norm when I was a child — every­one I knew sat together to eat, every night. In our mod­ern world, dining together rep­re­sents a com­mit­ment and cel­e­brates the inter­con­nect­ed­ness of the peo­ple in your world. Sur­rounded by the clamor, we turn to the famil­iar, the per­sonal. The sim­plest human inter­ac­tion — shar­ing a meal — is ele­vated to an act of com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

Every­thing about the tablescape reflects com­mu­ni­ca­tion and inter­con­nec­tion. From the easy avail­abil­ity of a pen­cil to jot a note…

to the brain­storm between the vases…

to the inter­link­ing cir­cles of the place­mats — the wave of com­mu­ni­ca­tion is tamed and com­pressed as it becomes more inti­mate, but still pervasive.

I chose to fur­ther rep­re­sent inter­con­nec­tion in my fab­ric choices for the drap­ery and uphol­stered chairs. The dif­fer­ently scaled pat­terns, one loose and linked, the other tightly woven, speak to the var­i­ous lev­els of com­mu­ni­ca­tion we each par­tic­i­pate in.

Within the con­text of this funky indus­trial space, even with­out the com­mu­ni­ca­tion story, I wanted to present a well-designed din­ing room with acces­si­ble style that would appeal to a less tra­di­tional demographic. Believe it or not, "less tra­di­tional" does exist in Connecticut! The Pan­ton chairs are a mid-century clas­sic — but the only truly mod­ern element. The table is a cus­tom Shaker-style cherry piece, at home in tra­di­tional or mod­ern settings.

The lanterns from Dec­o­ra­tive Crafts are the most tra­di­tional ele­ment in the space, and not sur­pris­ingly, gar­nered the most cov­etous comments.

Their curves drove my choice of chairs, to reflect and rein­force the flu­id­ity of the room's conversation.

The indus­trial bar cart? That was purely func­tional fun. And as any­one who knows me can attest — wine and espresso are my two favorite beverages!

Here ends my story of the designer space with a tale of its own. As with all the best sto­ries, this one had a happy end­ing for every­one involved!

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  1. […] This post was men­tioned on Twit­ter by Kathe Fraga, Cyn­thia­Ma­son­In­te­rior. Cyn­thia­Ma­son­In­te­rior said: A suc­cess story wraps up with beau­ti­ful pho­tog­ra­phy http://ow.ly/2R5VB cc: @stacystyle @mpproductions @abcddesigns #CT #interiordesign […]

  2. Lisa Ogren says:

    Cindy your space was amaz­ing on so many lev­els. You tru­ely incor­po­rate design genious in every­thing you do.

  3. Cynthia says:

    Thanks Lisa! I appre­ci­ate your support!

  4. ABC Dragoo says:

    Oh! How won­der­ful it is to see the fin­ished prod­uct of my Twit­ter "match-up!"
    I think he did very well by you, no?

    The pho­tos are beau­ti­ful ~ I espe­cially like the close-ups of the Pan­ton chairs and the table scape!

    Thank you so much for shar­ing your project with us.
    xoABCD

  5. Cynthia says:

    Thanks Amy! Your Twit­ter match-making was a suc­cess! A nice fin­ish to a fun and funky project.

  6. stacystyle says:

    Cyn­thia,
    I am blown away by the cre­ativ­ity of the space! I love how all the black and white pat­terns work together and then includ­ing Twit­ter and FB ref­er­ences. Genius and so today. Truly an inspired room! I am so happy to be part of this online cel­e­bra­tion with you, @abcddesigns, and of course @mpproductions. Have a great week­end, all!

  7. LeeLee says:

    Some­thing clicked.….it's good.….its called inspi­ra­tion.…! Got it from you…so THANKS !
    Love that palette and the clean style…very chic…! I may have to rip you off.….and kinda try that look for a lit­tle pow­der room.…..maybe I should call you ! SUPER STYLE !

  8. Santi says:

    Per­son­ally, I think you stole the show. Cre­ative, funky, smart and cut­ting edge. Design that makes you reflect on how you live you life, how you com­mu­ni­cate with your family–and beau­ti­ful to boot. Amazing.

  9. Cynthia says:

    Stacy, thank you so much for your kind com­ments. I am so pleased we all came together through Twit­ter and look for­ward to a tweet-up soon!

  10. Cynthia says:

    Lee, thank you for your sup­port! I would be flat­tered if you rip me off, or call me! It's a fun, fresh pal­lette — would be won­der­ful in a pow­der room!

  11. Cynthia says:

    S– thank you for your com­ments; nice to see you on my blog!

  12. KMS says:

    Cindy: The cream has risen to the top — you have proven once again you are the best of the best and are at the top of your game! This room is so inno­v­a­tive and so "of the moment"! It show­cases your tal­ent and cre­ativ­ity to the max my friend! LOVE IT!!

  13. Cynthia says:

    Oh KMS, you are mak­ing me blush! Thanks for the kind words!