The clients were unhappy with how the original sunken lounge room design of their weekend residence did not accommodate their furniture properly; or work for the dual-use of the area. The lounge area comprises two zones: one for watching television; and the other for sitting in front of a massive wood burning fireplace in a conversation pit. Mark Gacesa of Ultraspace overcame their problem by turning the entire space into a sunken lounge suite by following the original step detail which included a piano-shape curve. By doing this the space was opened and created a much larger multi-use seating configuration with no wasted space. Two entry points to the area have been incorporated – which were part of the original steps into the sunken lounge.
The built-in sofa arms have been designed extra wide to not only be dramatic, but also to be used as side tables. The arms flow around the tan suede upholstery to become the back of the sofa to create a solid enclosure or frame for the upholstery. This Corian® sofa frame blends in and complements the existing materials in the lounge space by day; but at night the entire lounge suite illuminates to create a soothing glow in the room. Not only is the Corian backlit, but under-lighting has also been installed to the fronts of the upholstered seating; and the entire piece can be dimmed in unison to create a soft glow to complement the fire.
To create a floating effect, the recessed kick of the sofas have been clad with a flexible mirror to give the effect that the carpet continues all the way through. Not one person has ever noticed the mirror. To complete the space and provide both comfort and practicality, several matching suede ottomans with a thermoformed Corian® Witch Hazel plinth and a removable thermoformed Witch Hazel tray table have been created. There are two beautiful velvet and bronze swivel tub chairs that assist in making the area a dual-space because they can be a part of one zone or the other with a simple 180-degrees spin.
Mark Gacesa explained that this project had to have Corian® Witch Hazel for multiple reasons. The space and materials are all very organic, but glamorous. The Corian product had to complement the existing tones and make a subtle statement during the day with the appearance of natural stone; with the glamour of illuminated onyx at night time. The existing piano-curve sweep in the steps could only have been achieved to perfection by thermoforming. Corian was the answer.
Photography by Scott Shirley.
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