Hospitality Murals from the 90′s

Back in the good old days, we produced many murals for hotels and restaurants worldwide and really enjoyed the variety and challenges in providing murals on canvas and sometimes on site.  In retrospect, some of these murals were rather cheesy but at the time everyone loved them. From Hawaiian themed views to a Hard Rock Cafe’, here we’ll be reviewing some of these endeavors.

For the Stouffer’s Hotel on the island of Maui, we created this scene of the Iao Needle, a famous landmark and a good hiking spot.

Stouffer's Wialea

For the Lowes Giorgio Hotel in Denver, we created a surface like Fresco on which we painted Italian ornamented panels for the elevator lobby.  Thanks to the interior designers Glen Texeira and Janice Cooper.

Lowe's Giorgio Hotel Denver

For a restaurant at the Marriott Palm Desert we painted on site a mural of Venice.  The irony was that the name of the restaurant was “Tuscany’s”. No one ever communicated that to us.

Marriott Palm Desert

For a themed attraction in  Orlando called “Caruso’s Palace” we went overboard on the Italian flavor.  The idea was that opera singers would venture out onto the balcony and sing to the restaurant patrons below. The entire sky dome was painted on site but the landscape murals were painted in our studio. on canvas and then installed.  All of the columns were marbleized and the ornamented panels also painted on canvas.

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For a riverboat casino along the Mississippi gambling strip, we painted this Parisian inspired bold mural.

Casino

For the Hard Rock Cafe’ at Universal Studios in Orlando, we painted this rock star heaven on canvas and applied it to the ceiling. Yes, Elvis is there!

Hard Rock cafe'


Mural at Fabulous Claris Hotel. Grand Luxe in Barcelona!

Thanks to the innovative and highly creative team of interior designer Juan Sebastian Bottazzini and creative director  Jorge Clos Casellas, our exclusive “Palmera” mural was included in one of the luxury suites at this Five-Star masterpiece of a hotel in the heart of Barcelona. Rarely does one have the opportunity to work with such esteemed clients who have the genius vision to realize a delightful hotel property that is at once welcoming and stimulating. Jorge and Juan Sebastian have brilliantly combined artworks from ancient Egypt, Rome and modern hand crafted lighting and furniture in striking colors to unfold a setting that is luxurious, inviting and somewhat controversial. Almost shockingly glamorous in the combination of elements from exposed concrete to rare antiques. These designers have pulled off a bold yet subtle statement of the highest design sensibility. Bravo Jorge and Juan Sebastian!

These photos will take you part way into this magnificent hotel, originally built 1oo years ago and completely refurbished by the Derby Hotel Group. Enjoy the journey into this gem of a hotel, or visit it in person if you find yourself in Barcelona soon! Click this link to connect to the Claris Hotel website. www.hotelclaris.comBarcelona 4Barcelona 7Claris at nightHotel Claris BarcelonaBarcelona 5Foyer Clarris Hotel

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Triptychs for a Beautiful Effect

Using our panels as framed artwork is a popular option for those who’d rather not wallpaper an entire room.  One panel or more can be framed to great effect.  We especially like using three panels together to form a beautiful triptych display.  Here we’ll show some examples of how we’ve done this for a project in Alexandria Virginia at Woodlawn, the historic home of George Washington’s niece. This is the project for which we won the Made in America Award. This award is given annually to those craftsmen or firms that are recognized as unique contributors to architecture and interior design.  We were honored to provide three sets of triptychs for this project.

Because Woodlawn is located in Alexandria Virginia, we were particularly happy to use our Seaport design which is actually based on a view of Old Alexandria.

Old Alexandria, Virginia

Old Alexandria, Virginia

Another design we used was our Portobello, which is a quintessential European Panoramic which would have been the fashion in the mid Nineteenth Century.  This one, done in Grisaille effect is particularly handsome in the Entry Foyer.

Portobello

Portobello

Another design which is actually a Gustavian Swedish type design, was use in the music room.

Gustavian Triptych

Gustavian Triptych

We invite your requests to make these triptychs and we DO supply framing for these.  But your local framer can also provide this service. Why not frame a few panels for above your bed or sofa?


A “new” ancient Chinese design for wallpaper

We’ve chosen a selection from our ANTIQUITIES Collection to share about the artists and the process of creating this exquisite design. It was created by two of our favorite Chinese artists who excel at figure painting. The name of the design is “Meng Hui” which translates roughly to “Memories of Jiangsu”.  Although it is a new design, it recalls the ancient Chinese scenic paintings of the Ming Dynasty.

Here is the story:

The beauty and prosperity of the ancient water villages of Eastern China are recalled in this famous scene called “Memories of Jiangsu”. or Meng Hui. This scene depicts life along the Yangtze River area of Jiangsu Province during the Ming Dynasty. In the 16th and 17th Centuries, the economy of the region was perhaps the strongest in the world at the time, due to the convenient transportation capabilities along the river. Businesses flourished, and the region prospered. The people were content and lived well and enjoyed their idyllic lives.

The artists who produced this work of art are John Zhang and Dong Liang Wu.

John Zhang fell in love with painting at a very early age. He studied under Wangrong, a famous painter in China. In 1990 Mr. Zhang graduated from Wuxi Light Industry University known today as Southern Yangtze University, with a Bachelor of Arts degree. In 1996 he became interested in interior design and since that time has created many new designs for hand painted wallpapers and murals. John Zhang’s new designs have been awarded “The intermediate Master of Industrial Arts” by the Chinese government.

Dong Liang Wu began painting at a young age as well. He graduated from Rudong Painting College in 1991. Xinwa Tang, an old civil artist, and also Jian Li, a painter from Jiangsu, taught Mr. Wu while he was attending Rudong. During this time his art concentration was in Buddhism pictures as well as Chinese landscape pictures. In 2001 he began painting wallpaper, which included creating and arranging the production of many excellent landscape pictures and wallpaper products.

The Meng Hui wallpaper that you see is the result of hours and hours of work that begins with copying the exact line drawing on each panel. (There are 20 different panels for this design, creating a scene 60′ in length before repeating.) Then the lines are copied onto the silk ground. After the copying is finished, Mr. Wu begins to draw the contour lines with a Chinese paintbrush for the people, houses, trees, etc. Once the contour lines are complete, artists begin to paint the colors onto the silk ground. Once this is complete,  Mr. Wu paints the fine details on each of the panels. Then a backing paper is mounted to the back of the panel of silk and allowed to dry. each panel is trimmed to the custom sizes.  Finally Mr. Wu lines up each panel and paints the finishing touches so that the design continues from panel to panel.

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Elle Decor Russia shows our Chinoiseries

We were featured in Elle Decor Russia for our elements of design in some of our Chinoiseries.

 

We expect some new updates from Russia soon regarding publications and new projects.  We’ll keep you posted….

A nice bit of publicity in Russia Elle Decor Magazine

A nice bit of publicity in Russia Elle Decor Magazine


How do we create our beautiful and unique Chinoiserie Wallpapers?

A bit of information on how we create our hand painted Chinoiserie wallpapers. So many people have asked us how we create these beautiful wallpapers and we are happy to share some of the aspects of how it’s done.

After a time of research and creative contemplation, we put up white paper the same size as our panels onto our studio walls. Usually 20 panels, each 3′ (91cm) wide are used for each design. This allows for 60 lineal feet to encompass a typical room space without repeat of the design. Next the design is drawn full scale in our studio on white paper with pencil. Refinements are made until the design is completed.

The full size pattern is drawn in the studio

The full size pattern is drawn in the studio

 

Roses full scale

The pattern is laid upon a table and the transparent raw silk is placed over it.

Next the design is sketched onto silk which has been prepared with a special technique that allows the design to show through the transparent silk.

Sketching the design onto silk

Sketching the design onto silk

Then the design is painted into the line drawing sketch.

Painting of the design

Painting of the design

Preparing the mounting process

Preparing to mount the silk onto paper. This is done within a frame.

Preparing to mount the silk onto paper. This is done within a frame.

Mounting the silk onto paper.

Mounting the silk onto paper.

Mounting the silk onto paper.

Our artists busy in the studio.

Patience is essential with production of our  hand painted silk wallpapers.

Patience is essential with production of our hand painted silk wallpapers.

The end results in fabulous chinoiserie wallpapers that are timeless in elegance and a luxurious in detail. Such beautiful works of art.

We’d like to take you on a short journey to China with this animated video of the Procession of the 87 Immortals.  It gets a bit redundant but a few seconds watching is interesting. The music is soothing and the sojourn will immerse you in Chinese Culture.

Click on the image to play.

Enjoy!


Favorite Designer Series – Part 2: Renzo Mongiardino – Master of Decorative Painting

Renzo in his Study

Renzo in his Study

When we talk about the designer who had all “THE projects, it’s not easy to think of Renzo Mongiardino, because he was not very well known outside of his limited world of highest-end clients and colleagues. Some knew him as the greatest designer of the twentieth century. That’s debatable, but he truly did some marvelous work, however seldom seen by most, simply because of the rarified atmosphere in which he performed his magic.   He was referred to as a designer’s designer, master of illusion and creator of special effects without compare.  I think he was the best decorative painter ever. (although much of the work was done by his craftsmen)

Completed Bedroom

Completed Bedroom

Bedroom Interior Rendering

Bedroom Interior Rendering

By creating atmosphere instead of authenticity, he conjured theatrical backdrops for the most discriminating clientele.  When talking about “THE” projects, we mean those for which he had the opportunity to use murals, faux finishes and a multitude of decorative painting tricks to bring to reality the most complex and exquisite rooms imaginable. A commission of the sort he landed would make any contemporary decorative painter more than green with envy. These kinds of projects just don’t exist any more.  I’d like to hear about them if they do.

 

Renaissance Master of Style

Renaissance Master of Style

Beautiful Ceiling

Beautiful Ceiling

Whether for aristocrats such as Baron Guy de Rothschild or fashion icon Gianni Versace, a house by Renzo Mongiardino was a realization of imagination without comparison.  To have his craft performed in one’s interior was not only a testament to the client’s taste but also a gift to us who would eventually be exposed to his work through such books as Renzo Mongiardino: Renaissance Master of Style, or Roomscapes, The Decorative Architecture of Renzo Mongiardino.  Talk about favorite coffee table books! These will draw you into a rare world of the best decoration ever created. I highly recommend that you see these books for yourself and judge his quality.  Isn’t it wonderful?

Lovely painted walls

Lovely painted walls

Paneling, murals, marble, ceilings, mosaics, intarsia and any number of special effects were carefully thought out and first sketched as interior elevations that when completed, were still only a matter of paints and brushes.  How this man could envision and employ the artist’s hands to bring to fruition these masterpieces of painted décor will long be a topic of amazement.  With just talent, paint and brushes this man changed surfaces better than anyone known into true masterpieces of the craft. He should be recognized as the standard to which any “faux artist” should aspire. There won’t even be a runner up in this contest. He was truly the best.

A lovely atmospheric mural

A lovely atmospheric mural

Wonderful painted decoration by Renzo

Wonderful painted decoration by Renzo

Highly recommended reading.

Highly recommended reading.

Roomscapes

Fabulous Chinoiserie Dining Room

Fabulous Chinoiserie Dining Room

A favorite room of mine by Renzo.

A favorite room of mine by Renzo.


Georgian Home Revisited: Custom Decorative Panels

Revisiting Woodham Lodge

We were honored to work on the restoration of a sitting room in a 270 year old Georgian home in Essex, England a few years ago and here we’ll be showing how we put the room together. We wanted to stay true to its Georgian roots but introduce custom decorative panels that would also feel modern enough to be comfortable for the young family.

Woodham Lodge, Sussex, England

Woodham Lodge, Essex, England

Starting by researching Georgian ornament, we then created panels that would fit the room perfectly.  We divided each wall area into equal parts that would uniformly hold panels of various sizes.  We used the Muses as the theme to fit within ovals surrounded by decorative ornament and even used 23 karat gold leaf accents. For this customer, we really went all out.

Finishing the panels by hand

Finishing the panels by hand

The Muse theme at Woodham Lodge in England

The Muse theme at Woodham Lodge in England

 

Panels of various sizes

Installing England

The decorative panels were then installed at the site according to the plan we created.

Installing the panels

Installing the panels

The final result was both classical and freshly modern. We thoroughly enjoyed working on this outstanding project.

Woodham Lodge Sitting Room

Woodham Lodge Sitting Room

Whether your theme is classical, transitional or modern, research and a love for the project goes a long way to creating a great look for hand painted panels. We love the balance of Georgian design.  What’s your favorite theme?


Favorite Designer Series: David Easton

Here we’ll be bragging about our favorite designers and why we love them.  (Because we think alike!)

David Easton. www.davideastoninc.com

Great Reads. David Easton

One of our favorite designers is David Easton.  He’s used Chinoiserie and other decorative mural type work in many of his projects with splendid results.

Here in a magazine article, Nordic Nuances, he shows the Gustavian influence of a wall treatment originally used in Sweden at Drottningholm Palace.  We had previously chosen this same design for our pattern “Halsing” which pays tribute to this simply elegant design.  By coincidence, David also used it.

Nordic Nuances/David Easton

This article appeared in September 2011 issue of VERANDA magazine

And our version…….

Halsing

In the following room shot of one of David’s projects, an excellent use of trellis pattern adorns the walls.

David Easton:Treillage

And our version……..

Passiflora Vignette

Interior design by Lynn Warren, Stedman House, Roanoke, Virginia

Interior design by Lynn Warren, Stedman House, Roanoke, Virginia

In this room at the Kluge estate in Virginia, really wonderful Chinoiserie panels make this room a standout.  We haven’t had an opportunity to do such an exotic room but hope a future client will envision this type of treatment that we could supply for them.  We’re just waiting for the commission!

Fabulous Interior by David Easton

Fabulous Interior by David Easton

Thanks David!

Follow our Favorite Designer Series as we venture through the lives and works of some of the world’s greatest interior designers.   Do you have any favorite designers who use hand painted Chinoiserie wallpaper mural type decoration?  Share your faves with us and improve the world!