City Modern Spotlight: Flavor Paper by Skylab Architecture
If you missed it this year, you really need to make sure you keep the last weekend in September next year free. The homes featured during the House Tour last weekend during Dwell and New York Magazine’s City Modern Festival were just incredible. It’s not everyday (unless you already live in an expertly designed, finely crafted, and beautifully furnished home) that you get to see urban residential design masterpieces up close like this.
Today’s City Modern House Tour Spotlight features the Flavor Paper Pad by Skylab Architecture.
Flavor Paper Pad
Architect: Skylab Architecture
Portland-based architect Jeff Kovel founded Skylab as a “laboratory to explore a departure from an industry of mounting standardization.” The award-winning firm has built several private homes and commercial spaces around Portland using techniques and materials that blur the distinction between architecture and design. His latest project, the LEED Platinum Weave Building, is sure to be another Portland landmark. Kovel recently completed an exhibition space showcasing Nike innovation during the U.S Olympic Trials for track & field competition that was named the 2012 Best of Year by Interior Design magazine.
When Jon Sherman was looking for an architect to help him transform a 16,000-square-foot parking garage into a space that could serve as both his home and location for his new wallpaper company in Brooklyn, New York, architect Jeff Kovel came to the rescue with unique a vision. The converted structure on Pacific Street now contains the Flavor Lab, home to Flavor Paper’s design and screen-printing operations, as well as Sherman’s eccentric penthouse.
To support the hand screened printing process, the Flavor Lab houses a darkroom, screen etching equipment, and an ink room where they custom mix all of their colors. The Flavor Paper showroom is located on the second floor and offers clients a unique way to view wallpaper and experience the bespoke offerings. The home was inspired by Flavor Paper’s New Orleans’s roots (the original company was based there before Sherman bought and relocated it to New York) and the unique wallpaper is a focal point in every room, from leather-clad cabinetry and ceilings to furry bedroom walls.
The building’s exterior is also an impressive endeavor in melding art and architecture; illuminated by colored windows set in dark stone, the house appears more like an installation than a home. One of the most captivating features of the home is a Sakura neon sculpture that ascends to a mirrored ceiling – and phenomenal rooftop meadow.
For more information on the homes featured during City Modern, a festival celebrating modern design in NYC, visit CityModernNYC