Enter a powder room and be transported into another world?
Not usually. But that's how it felt when I stepped into the multimedia space that Faiella Design
created for the San Francisco Decorator Showcase
Photographs by Chi Fang.
A dark, moody hue enveloped me. Calming, spa-like chimes wafted through the air. And what's this? A dance of color and light on the ceiling.
The small room was like something I'd never seen nor expected. Designer Anastasia Faiella said she wanted "to relax the visitor, take them to another place, even if for just a few moments. To inspire people to think differently
about how a space can be designed and decorated."
Faiella first worked with installation art and video while completing her MFA. "I was also deeply interested in interior architectural spaces," said Faiella. She started experimenting with cross-disciplinary projects that incorporated both passions.
"My concept (for the powder room) was to create a design that would explore the relationship between our senses and the environment," said Faiella. She was inspired by Swiss Artist Pippilotti Rist
and her mesmerizing MOMA installation "Pour Your Body Out."
In the closet-sized space with soaring ceilings, Faiella played with scale. She commissioned muralist Ted Somogyi
to fashion gargantuan, but subtle tulips on the walls.
"I wanted the impact of the flowers to be dramatic and unexpected—like walking into a giant garden
—but to not compete with video art on ceiling," said Faiella. "Ted recommended the scale, being very oversized. We ended up using a simple monochromatic material...an oil stick."
She commissioned multimedia artist Kimberlee Koym-Murteira
to create the video piece for the ceiling display. "I gave Kimberlee details like the color of the walls, the inspiration of nature/tulips...and how I wanted the space to have a serene and peaceful quality." The included music is a piece by a sound-artist friend of Kimberlee's from Berlin.
HomeWorkshop contributor, soft furnishings designer Doreen Leong
, crafted the gunmetal-silk taffeta
roman window shade and sink skirt with sheet-metal and nail-head edge detail.
You can see more of Anastasia Faiella's work and contact her through her Web site at www.faiella-design.com
This powder room makes me think about how I can better appeal to the senses in my designs.
What do you think of the idea of multimedia design/decorating?