After a quick spin around our website something you may notice is that we have a wide variety of interests and we try to never limit ourselves when it comes to the types of projects that we take on, the materials we work with, or the tenacity with which we attack a design idea. With that being said, one of our favorite things to work on is an art installation. These installations stemmed from Madison's time as a Display Coordinator at Anthropologie, and we knew when we created our business we wanted to take on projects that allowed us a great deal of creativity, a way to experiment with new materials, and a short timeline so we could really push ourselves to see just how much we could accomplish.
One of our clients for this type of project has been the Rodéo Boutique stores in Baton Rouge and Ruston, Louisiana. For the spring season they wanted lots of pattern, a bright color palette, and for the store to have a Southwestern/Navajo feel. We went to work pulling inspiration images and color stories, sketching out geometric patterns, and testing our process and material selection. The big idea behind this project was derived from the beautiful and expressive patterns found on Navajo blankets. We were able to take this idea and transform it by making large patterned panels that had the same feel with a fresh color palette for spring.
When we set out to build these panels we determined, after more than a few hours in Lowes, that the best base for the panel would be a hollow core door which is inexpensive, lightweight, and rigid. The next step in the process was to have the patterns printed full scale, trace them on the doors (painted white), and then cut out a few select openings to allow light to pass through the panels. After this was done we went to work layering the pattern on top by cutting the individual shapes out of thin luan, painting them, and finally tacking them down with brad nails. The progress photos are below and you can check out the finished product here.
Let us know what you think and if you are in the area stop by the stores and check it out!