Going Deco at the Walker Tower

 

Custom Art Deco Friezes by SuperStrata top off the newly completed Walker Tower Lobby.

Left: Exterior of the Walker Tower.  Right: Custom, modernized Art Deco friezes by SuperStrata top off the newly completed Walker Tower Lobby designed by Jarvis Studios.

 

Called the “architect of the century” by the New York Times early on in his career, the legendary architect Ralph Walker completed his Art Deco masterpiece, lower Manhattan’s Walker Tower, in 1929. With the Walker Tower and his other Art Deco skyscrapers he sought to humanize skyscrapers through both design and ornamentation.

Originally designed for the New York Telephone Company, today the Walker Tower has been converted into luxury residences with quite a pedigree . Walker’s original deco vision was painstakingly preserved during it’s conversion from office headquarters. This restored architectural masterpiece soars above its neighboring buildings, providing views of Manhattan that rival the beauty of the meticulously designed interior.

As part of that restoration SuperStrata was brought in to create the custom, hand-cast Art Deco inspired plaster panels that top the sleek, black marble lined lobby designed by Jarvis Studios. From design to fabrication and installation, creating the Walker Tower lobby friezes was an artistic pleasure at every stage.

 

 

Custom, handmade plaster friezes by SuperStrata provide Deco adornment in the Walker Tower lobby.

Custom, handmade plaster friezes by SuperStrata provide Deco adornment in the Walker Tower lobby.

 

Deco flourishes - white custom plaster friezes by SuperStrata in the Walker Tower Lobby.

Deco flourishes – white custom plaster friezes by SuperStrata in the Walker Tower Lobby.

 

White plaster friezes designed by SuperStrata for the Walker Tower Lobby top lush, black stone walls.

White cast plaster friezes designed by SuperStrata for the Walker Tower Lobby top lush, black stone walls.

 

Custom plaster friezes by SuperStrata integrated into the Art Deco concept in the Walker Tower Lobby.

Contemporary, custom plaster friezes by SuperStrata integrated into the Art Deco concept in the Walker Tower Lobby.

 

SuperStrata Walker Tower Frieze

Cast plaster friezes by SuperStrata about to be installed in the Walker Tower Lobby.

 

Holiday House Past

Grade Holiday House NY Interior Design

Grade’s Personal Time room at Holiday House NYC 2011. Photo via Grade

Critical acclaim, top interior designers, jaw dropping interiors, a stunning venue and one amazing cause, breast cancer research. That’s Holiday House NYC in a beautiful nut shell that the Nut Cracker himself couldn’t break. After attending the star studded Opening Night Gala a couple of weeks ago, we couldn’t resist reliving some of our favorites from Holiday House Past.

In fact, we were involved in the very first Holiday House NYC in 2008. Back then SuperStrata was an eponymous design studio run by our founder Jonas Everets under the moniker Jonas Everets Design. Jonas was thrilled when interior designer Kathy Abbott approached JED to do a custom wall treatment for her Kwanza themed room. The answer was a resounding yes! Beyond having a passion for great design, Holiday House’s mission was near and dear to his heart.

That first year brought together top designers and participants under a theme that is hard not to rally around- celebrate life! Every designer was asked to choose an inspirational holiday to design his or her space around in the historic Upper East Side mansion that would become Holiday House NYC’s home, Academy Mansion. Over the next six years the showhouse has seen top talent from the New York City interior design scene transform the Academy Mansion into a glorious and often luxurious homage to the beauty of life itself.

 

James Rixner Holiday House NY Interior Design

James Rixner‘s Engagement room at Holiday House NYC 2008. Photo via The Quest for “It”

Kelley Proxmire Holiday House NY Interior Design

Kelley Proxmire‘s Bedroom for a Holiday room at Holiday House NYC 2008. Photo via Visual Vamp

Interior Designer Kathy Abbott's Kwanza themed room with a subtle lime paint wall treatment by SuperStrata in the 2008 Holiday House. Photo via Kathy Abbott

Interior Designer Kathy Abbott’s Kwanza themed room with a subtle lime paint wall treatment by SuperStrata in the 2008 Holiday House. Photo via Kathy Abbott

Designer Barbara Ostrom's fabulous Festival of the Stag room at Holiday House NYC 2009. Photo via Habitually Chic

Designer Barbara Ostrom‘s  Festival of the Stag room at Holiday House NYC 2009. Photo via Habitually Chic

Diane Durocher Holiday House NY Interior Design

Diane Durocher‘s Winter Solstice room at Holiday House NYC 2009. Photo via Holiday House NYC

Timothy & Associates Interior Design Holiday House NY

Timothy & Associates Interior Design’s New Year’s Eve room at Holiday House NYC 2009. Photo via Timothy & Associates Interior Design

Mark Epstein Holiday House NY Interior Design

Mark Epstein‘s Hanukkah in the Library room for Holiday House NYC 2010. Photo via Emily Evans Eerdmans

Debra Blair Holiday House NY Interior Design

Debra Blair‘s Venetian Carnivale tabletop at Holiday House 2010. Photo via Holiday House NYC

Bradley Thiergartner Holiday House NY Interior Design

Bradley Thiergartner‘s Boxing Day room at Holiday House 2010. Photo via Emily Evans Eerdmans

Irwin Feld Design Holiday House NY Interior Design

Irwin Feld Design’s Snow Day room at Holiday House NYC 2010. Photo via Irwin Feld Design

Charles Farruggio Holiday House NY Interior Design

Charles Farruggio‘s Marriage Proposal room at Holiday House NYC 2011. Photo via The Countess

Avram Rusu Holiday House NY Interior Design

Avram Rusu’s New Year’s Eve room for Holiday House 2011. Photo via Avram Rusu

Ally Coulter Holiday House NY Interior Design

Ally Coulter‘s Mother’s Day room at Holiday House NYC 2011. Photo via The Countess.

Vicente Wolf Holiday House NY Interior Design

Vicente Wolf‘s Winter White room at Holiday House NYC 2012. Photo via Our Empty Nest

Inson Wood Holiday House NY Interior Design

Inson Wood‘s Chinese New Year room at Holiday House NYC 2012. Photo via Ecomanta

Suzanne Eason Holiday House NY Interior Design

Suzanne Eason‘s “Origins of Life” room at Holiday House NYC 2012. Photo via Simplified Bee

Suzanne Eason Holiday House NY Interior Design

Suzanne Eason‘s “Origins of Life” room at Holiday House NYC 2012. Photo via Suzanne Eason

Tobi Fairley Holiday House NY Interior Design

Tobi Fairley’s Spring Forward room at Holiday House NYC 2012. Photo via Tobi Fairley

Claudia Giselle Holiday House NY Interior Design

Claudia Giselle’s Vanity room at Holiday House NYC 2012. Photo via Claudia Giselle

Brett Design Holiday House NY Interior Design

Brett Design’s Valentine’s Day room at Holiday House NYC 2012. Photo via Brett Design

Charlotte Moss Holiday House NY Interior Design

Charlotte Moss‘s Everyday is a Holiday room at Holiday House 2012. Photo via Simplified Bee

Support a great cause and see some truly jaw dropping interior design through December 18th in Holiday House NYC 2013 with interiors by Ally Coulter DesignsCampion PlattChristopher HylandCullman and KravisCW DesignDarrin Varden DesignDécor by Guillaume GentetDeb Landis DesignDeborah Martin DesignsDonghiaFranklin EighthGregory Allan CramerJ + G DesignJ Cohler Mason DesignJames RixnerJoseph Parisi InteriorsKelley Jackson Mario BuattaMichael McKinnon Patrick J HamiltonPatrik Lönn DesignRachel Laxer Interiors, Scott Formby, Stephen Bastone, Studio Tim CampbellSusanna SalkTinatin Kilaberidze Design, and Weitzman-Halpern Interior Design.  Find more information here.

Mirrored Mystique

As we begin designing our own line of customizable mirrored tiles and panels, naturally we’ve been obsessing over mirrors in interiors. Although we haven’t seen anything like what we are cooking up in the studio, we have been drooling over some stellar examples of interiors with antique mirrored walls by some of our favorite designers. Whether the real old deal or newly minted, antique mirrored tiles add not only undeniable glamour, but also a touch of nostalgia and romance to the equation. Coupled with the fact that mirrored walls bring light, depth and visual variation to a space, it’s no wonder that this classic decor tactic has made a big come back.

Dining Room designed by Studio William Hefner antique mirrored wall

An antiqued mirror wall becomes an architectural detail and the perfect frame for both credenza and chandelier in this elegant dining room designed by Studio William Hefner. via Houzz

Christina Murphy Interiors antique mirror panels

Antiqued Mirror Panels are inlaid to striking effect by Christina Murphy Interiors. via La Dolce Vita Blog

Antiqued mirror tiles are the perfect sleek complement to an ornate antique chest. Photo via

Antiqued mirror tiles are the perfect sleek complement to an ornate chest. Coupled with the gold, graphic wallpaper it’s downright refreshing. We’d love to know the designer! Photo via SS Photos

The ever talented Benjamin Dhong added glamour and visual pop with kitchen cabinets faced in heavily antiqued mirror. Photo via La Dolce Vita Blog

The ever talented Benjamin Dhong added glamour and visual pop with kitchen cabinets faced in heavily antiqued mirror. Photo via La Dolce Vita Blog

Another Benjamin Dhong stunner. The designer tore out cabinets in living room of this San Francisco Row HOuse and added a lillte "relahxed elegance" by way  of built in banquette and antiqued mirrored wall. Photo via House Beautiful

Another Benjamin Dhong stunner. The designer tore out cabinets in the living room of this San Francisco Row House and added a little “relaxed elegance” by way of built in banquette and antiqued mirrored wall. Photo via House Beautiful

This vignette is grounded in symmetry and saved by asymmetry. From the different height objects to the organic and unpredictable pattern of the antiqued mirror tiles, tho is one example we couldn't leave out. However, it's also one of those annoying on-line finds where we couldn't find the original source or designer. If you know, we'd love to hear from you so that we might give them credit where credit is due! Photo via Haus Design Blog

This vignette is grounded in symmetry and saved by asymmetry. From the different types of objects to the organic and unpredictable pattern of the antiqued mirror tiles, this is one example we couldn’t leave out. We aren’t sure of the original source or designer. If you know, we’d love to hear from you, so that we might give them credit where credit is due! Photo via Haus Design Blog

A brilliant mirrored mix by designer Todd Alexander Romano in his own Manhattan home. Photo via Elle Decor

A brilliant mirrored mix by designer Todd Alexander Romano in his own Manhattan home. Photo via Elle Decor

The man has glamour down! Antique mercury glass mirror panels set the stage for a sophisticated seating area in Interior Designer Todd Alexander Romano's NYC apartment. Photo via Elle Decor

The man has glamour down! Antique mercury glass mirror panels also set the stage for this sophisticated seating area in Interior Designer Todd Alexander Romano’s NYC apartment. Photo via Elle Decor

Who doesn't love the classic tropical, couture feel of Lyford Cay Club? Tom Scheerer designed a classic, that's for sure. The hearth is enveloped in antique glass tiles that only add to the overall island mystique. Photo via TomScheerer.com

Who doesn’t love the now storied tropical couture feel of Lyford Cay Club? Tom Scheerer designed a classic, that’s for sure. The hearth is enveloped in antique glass tiles that only add to the overall island mystique. Photo via TomScheerer.com

The green patina and unusually small tile size of the mirrors make this little number a standout. If anyone has the details - designer and product - we'd love to know. Photo via Panda's House

The green patina and unusually small tile size of the mirrors make this little number a standout. If anyone has the details – designer and product – we’d love to know. Photo via Panda’s House

Second to last, but certainly not least! This Veere Grenney dining room is a well crafted treasure.  The solid bones of this grand 19th century London home received the royal treatment from the designer. The antiqued mirror tiles lining hearth soar to a glorious fifteen feet. Photo via Veranda

Second to last, but certainly not least! This Veere Grenney dining room is a well crafted treasure. The solid bones of this grand 19th century London home received the royal treatment from the designer. The antiqued mirror tiles lining the hearth soar to a glorious fifteen feet. Photo via Veranda

Custom mirrors along with custom just about everything else adorn the living room of Veere Grenney's London "discovery". We're thrilled we discovered it, too! Photo via Veranda

Custom mirror panels along with custom just about everything else adorn the living room of Interior Designer Veere Grenney’s London “discovery”. We’re thrilled we discovered it, too! Photo via Veranda