Interior Designer: Lacy Kuhn
This was a conceptual personal project, dreaming up a live/work/gallery space for the American contemporary artist and sculptor, Larry Bell. Larry is most well known for his glass cube sculptures, which use light and reflective surfaces to create spatial complexity.
This studio concept is set in lower Manhattan. Larry only lived in New York City once in his life, for a year, before returning to Southern CA. He's lived the majority of his life amongst desert landscapes; in Los Angeles and Taos, New Mexico. I wanted this space to bring the desert landscape inside, transforming the urban environment into a quiet refuge. The soft forms of nature contrast with his geometric sculptures, but they also mirror his minimal aesthetic in their stark appearance and soft palette.
My concept was "natural minimalism", using plants and materials inspired by the serene solitude of desert landscapes. The second story sculpture park features a central glass railing which connects the second story down to the garden on the first floor living space, offering the plants fresh air while further demonstrating the symbiotic relationship between life and work.