Three new painted ceiling panels for a private apartment at the Carlyle Hotel - New York.
A stylized coffered ceiling, like an advent calendar with indigenous Eastern U.S birds. In collaboration with William Cullum / Thomas Jayne Design Studio. NYC.
"Eastern Birds" was executed at the Amsterdam studio.
Installed in New York City in April 2023.
Graphically stylized and almost abstract, yet executed in subtle limestone hues, giving it all a “life” touch, and warm light.
The inner squares are like islands of detail and colour; sky, birds and ornaments, set like gems in a vast grid structure .
It was the insight of William Cullum at JDS-NYC that this design with some adjustments, could aso function on a smaller scale at this Carlyle Hotel apartment..
And it does .. brilliantly so ..
The original Italian Renaissance styled ornaments were changed for designs with an Art-deco touch and the European birds for a company of indigenous Eastern U.S ones.
Both interventions adding such a great sense of “belonging” to it.
Making it all feel comfortably at home ..
Using indigenous U.S birds might be a good idea. .
There is such a nice sense of logic to it.
Amsterdam 17th c. bird ceilings – a genre of which I’m currently installing a new interpretation in a 1670's canalhouse monument - would often show a mix of tropical and local birds, thereby reflecting a sense of wealth, international orientation and the far reaching influence of Dutch military and colonial power. . . Later that would shift to an early scientific Natural History approach .
Today, when almost everybody is a cosmopolitan in some sort of way, I imagine using a specific selection of native birds has (re)gained a different meaning. From the perspective of preservation. . but also as a sense of “belonging”. .
Cycling or walking through the centre of Amsterdam on late winter nights, I sometimes hear the sound of wild geese crossing over,
through the dark, high above the city.
Like sounds from a parallel universe. .
For me a deeply cherished phenomenon.
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