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Kitchen Design Meeting the Owners’ Flamboyant Nature

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We received photos and information about an intriguing kitchen project from Designer Kitchen, a company from Northern Ireland, UK. According to the official press relief, “the brief was to design a timeless kitchen that would provide a dramatic first impression and deliver exceptional value for money.  This replacement kitchen design needed to fit into the existing architectural framework as no structural changes were to be made. The client wanted an extraordinary kitchen to express their flamboyant nature. By recycling elements from the original kitchen including the sink and handles; re-fabricating small sections of worktop, consciously separating the design process from manufacturing and tendering the finished design with selected manufacturers, I was able to deliver this kitchen for under £25,000.

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The foundation of the design was developed by considering how the uncompromising architecture and fixed cooking position related to five clear approaches to the kitchen. Multiple visual hooks were presented on each sight line. This information was layered onto the functional and social patterns identified as being particular to the family unit which in turn ensured the optimum level of efficiency and visual impact. To optimise the available floor space and avoid architectural “nip points” the island was given a unique radius and angled tail.  Unique feature elements where then embedded into the island to enhance functionality and aesthetics.
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The design specified in-framed tulip wood, walnut and burr walnut doors with solid walnut dovetailed drawers all manufactured to a bespoke specification.  Unique elements included a curved glass display unit with 3D pattern, a feature cone, two elevated drum units and stone clad knee spaces. The varying height of feature elements enhances the impact achieved from the complex mix of materials, geometry and architecture.  Lighting provides a holistic element to the design, offering flexibility in an open plan setting and encouraging the feeling of calm”. [Photography:  Rory Corrigan RF Creative]

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The Impact Of The Impressionism Movement On Today’s Art

ArtImpressionism is a term used regularly in art today, as it is one of the more influential art movements that has stood the test of time. They created a style that has managed to challenge future artists to create bolder work then their own, while still timeless depicting the modern world through their own revolutionary work.

HISTORY

Impressionism first got it’s start when a number of painters began using natural ways to light the subjects of their paintings, which gave a freshness and naturalism to the very best paintings of the movement. Artists when the movement first started would usually band together and show their paintings in random studios, as they were refused by official galleries who never recognized their work. The first recorded exhibition, in 1874, featured the likes of Claude Monet’s Impression: Sunrise and was slammed by critics, who thought these paintings looked unfinished. This was obviously due to the fact that the movement had not yet hit the mainstream and the critics who saw the opening had little to no sense of where art was going next.

METHOD

An impressionist paints a landscape or outdoor setting in a very short amount of time and as the light changes they will stop and return the following day at the same time, so that they can have longer in that particular setting. This method allowed the paintings to actually be more realistic than any other paintings in history, thanks not only to the aforementioned technique but also the fact that painting supplies were much easier to transport than they ever had been in the past. While other painters had tried to paint landscapes, the Impressionists were the first ones to pull it off with regularity and with such photorealistic results. That said, there were a number of impressionist painters who did not have the same intention with their work, meaning that while they had incredibly similar styles, they had completely different artistic aims.

For example, Edgar Degas and Georges Seurat were painters who had been trained in actual schools, whereas Pierre Auguste Renoir tried to replicate his travels in Italy primarily and reacted to fellow impressionist contemporary Monet, calling his work formlessness. Paul Cezanne said there was a lack of intellect to most of his fellow impressionist painters, as well as the order of color and used specific long directional brushstrokes in all of his work. The most notable impressionist was, of course, Vincent Van Gogh who mixed a number of different styles together, which have been tagged with titles like Realist, Expressionist and Symbolist.

IMPRESSIONISM THEN AND NOW

The greatest and perhaps saddest irony is that the impressionist painters were generally not appreciated while they were alive, having a difficult time even surviving as artists, much less becoming wealthy. Today, impressionist paintings are generally considered to be some of the most valuable in the world, with paintings regularly priced and sold at tens of millions of dollars. Van Gogh, who is considered the master of the Impressionists and was perhaps the poorest and most troubled, has an entire museum dedicated to him and his work in Amsterdam today. Clearly the impressionists were before their time.

Source

http://www.webexhibits.org/colorart/page18.html

 

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