Modest & Arrogant
New Albany, Ohio

Modest & Arrogant

New Albany, Ohio
Team Details

Contractor:  Guzzo & Garner


"Black is modest and arrogant at the same time. Black is lazy and easy - but mysterious. But above all black says this: 'I don't bother you - don't bother me.' " - Yohji Yamamoto

This project was a great collaborative adventure with the clients - they had a wonderful vision and were open to flipping the script and daring themselves.

Along with blurring the lines between indoors and out, we blurred the lines with materials and colors.  All millwork was painted a high gloss black, grounding the baseboard and giving a backbone and presence to the doors and window sashes.

Full-size foamcore mock-ups of the light fixtures are hung so we can collectively determine placement, height off floor, and most importantly - do we like it?  Being able to visualize certain products during the construction phase usually yields a surprise that wouldn't show itself until later.  This has the potential to be a missed opportunity if not studied in the space and talked about as a team.

“The coolest thing is when you don't care about being cool."


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