We are working with a young, hip family to complete their basement renovation in the Calgary neighborhood of Elbow Park. They want a space that can accommodate watching movies, playing and hanging out for mom and dad as well as their 3 young sons. We need to furnish this room in a family friendly style that makes sense for all of its functions. There will be some cabinetry for the media equipment and storage for toys and the clients have requested a sectional as the main piece of furniture.
Initially, the clients thought that the cabinets should be placed under the clearstory windows.
However, after we worked on the layout, we suggested that the cabinets be moved to the opposite walls so that we could design a sectional that could seat more and not divide the room in half.
We also loved the idea of using a large dramatic curtain on the wall with the clearstory windows. This would be such a striking design statement and also allow the clients to completely block out light to avoid a glare on the television. Option 2 could have an extra chair for lounging. We are thinking of the Eames.
Luckily for us, these clients are open to a trendy, vibrant, fun scheme so we are able to propose some really unique color and fabric options. The first uses a fabulous zebra printed linen by Stroheim and Romann as the curtain, chartreuse pillows and ottomans by Highland Court. An over scale ikat from Kravet designed by Kelly Wearstler will be used as additional pillows and the crowning glory, an outdoor velvet by Donghia as the sectional. Wow – what a punch of color!
The second option has been built around the concept of a Coca Cola bottle, but we have interpreted this with the Corea Sotropa twist! The sectional is a durable charcoal woven from Jab and the accent cushions (which remind us of soda bubbles) are from Kravet. For the ottoman we will use a hair on hide black and white cow print leather and the most outstanding graffiti-like print fabric for the drapery by Boussac. We love the graphic quality of this black and white print!
Both schemes are so much fun and we can hardly wait to show them what we have come up with. Which one would you choose?