la fantasie japonaise
Interior designer Dennis Duffy’s concept for this glowing pavilion
(page 92), built by Sanford Custom Builders, began with the
wallpaper he used to cover the interior panels. The table base is
sandblasted acrylic and lit from within by fuchsia LED lights that
give the entire room a warm pink glow. Making the most of the clear
tabletop, Duffy forwent table linens in favor of placing the plates,
cutlery, and wineglasses directly on the acrylic slab. Industrial
metal-ball chains radiate out from the chandelier to create a
motif: A cluster of gerbera daisies in the center of the table
references the custom wall panels covered in a floral Art
Deco Japanese paper. While daisies generally signify purity
and innocence, the gerbera is a symbol of hopefulness, a
spirit embodied by Duffy’s fresh design.
place setting: Duffy mixed three Tiffany & Co. sterling services for
an inventive assortment of flatware, and topped silver-and-white
china chargers with a red-rimmed glass bowl infused with a peachy
hue. The lighthearted result is perfect for a spring soiree.
This modern interpretation of a Japanese teahouse (page 93) was
inspired by photographer Eric Roth’s custom mural of a koi pond.
“The idea was also to keep things natural and organic, like the
birch-tree support; a bit of the outside in,” says interior designer
Mark Christofi. To that end, architect Marcus Gleysteen and Jim
Catlin of Woodmeister created a bowed structure with industrial
boards stained orange, making the wood look as if it might have
been salvaged from large shipping containers left on the docks.
Square stool seating and a built-in bench, all topped with square
cushions, add to the bento-box effect.
motif: The koi pond mural adds color and movement to the
dining area. In Asian cultures, the colorful carp are a symbol
of luck and perseverance in the face of adversity. Here, they
make for a lively counterpoint to the wood tones.
place setting: In lieu of traditional table linens, tropical palm
fronds are placed under glass chargers for an unusual pattern. “I
felt the tabletop itself should be kept spare, to enhance all the
architectural detail,” says Christofi.