CAROL KURTH ARCHITECTURE + INTERIORS Carol Kurth
hat is the subject of your complexity? The entry foyer design for a New York City apartment located on the 37th floor in a building near Lincoln Center. The overall apartment started as three separate units and were combined into one “puzzle-like” space with with gorgeous panoramic views of Central Park. Please explain what is so complex in this project? The breathtaking “skyscape” views are captivating, yet the challenge was to create an entry foyer with a welcoming sense of arrival “home” as a transition between the building hallway and the apartment entry. Carol created the accent wall to add architectural drama, provide a place for keys, mail and the dog leash in the concealed drawer. The textured wall complements the modern backdrop of the open, airy living spaces. How did you evaluate or design the site? Carol envisioned a design that was bold, textured, and grounded the space upon arrival. While sourcing product for another project at Ann Sacks, Carol came across some gorgeous, chocolate brown soap dishes. She had a flash of inspiration and envisioned a wall made from stacking the soap dishes, creating undulating waves of subtle texture. Inspired by the city’s
steady stream of yellow cabs below, she designed a contrasting shelf with a pop of “taxicab” yellow to mark the entryway. What was the most difficult part of this project? How did you go about finding the solutions to tackle the complexity to this project? Convincing the client that using soap dishes would be an awesome design element! The client jumped on the idea and was on board with the concept! Once we went forward with the “out-of-the-box” solution, the next challenge was being able to acquire enough soap dishes to complete the wall. The soap dishes needed to be sourced from multiple sources due to the limited production of the pieces. We waited many weeks to stockpile enough! What special materials were used in this project? Robert Kuo soap dishes are resin, sourced through Ann Sacks. The yellow ledge is custom lacquered wood. Concealed lighting. Other information Coincidentally, Carol and her team had already specified several Robert Kuo pieces throughout the home and it was all the more serendipitous when they discovered that the soap dishes were also designed by Robert Kuo! Synchronicity! It was meant to be!
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