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Paradise Found - Fabiano Designs
volume 3 number 1
Delivering the Essence of Color & Design
Paradise Found
Color is in the House!
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volume 3
things we love
Benjamin Moore’s Vintage Wine 2116-20 –
Our Catalyst Color for 2011
Cover photo by Grey Crawford. TOC background photo by Tim Street-Porter.
• Authentic Color from Benjamin Moore
• ADVANCE® – Benjamin Moore’s New
Waterborne Interior Alkyd Paint
• The Walls of a New Cupcake Bakery in
Boston are Sweetened with ADVANCE®
The Best of WHITE
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Paradise Found
Guests to the Montelucia Resort and Spa truly “decompress” once they
reach their ultimate destination. Discover how these Scottsdale, Ariz.,
architects use sequence and color to create a mood of solitude and
transported to another time and place.
26 Exotic
With warm, rich colors and silk-tented canopies, diners at Chakra get
number 1
Cheers to the New Year
Creating Luxurious Residential Retreats:
A Discussion with Los Angeles Designer
Jeff Andrews
• Color Pulse® 2012 for iPad®
• Calendar of Events
• Spotlight: Architect and Designer
Representative Jackie Passaro and
Her Personal Touch Behind Posh
Color is in the House!
Which colors allow art to “pop” in a gallery environment? The owners
of ArtHaus demystify the “white box” myth.
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For Those Who Know More.™
Volume 3 Number 1
Winter 2011
Andrea Magno, ASID, IIDA
Associate Manager of Residential Design
Benjamin Moore & Co.
A new year, a fresh start, a restored outlook. With that, the Architect and
Designer team at Benjamin Moore & Co. is excited to introduce a new,
expanded online format for Nuance™ – bringing you more issues, more
stories and more tips that are sure to inform and inspire. Crafted by the
color experts at Benjamin Moore®, this robust layout is geared just for
you, revealing color trends from around the world, inspiration from fellow
designers, product information, upcoming events and more. It’s an easyto-navigate tool that’s perfect for your portfolio and will help you deliver
results that exceed your clients’ expectations. After all, we want to make
you look good!
Editorial, Design and Production
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Managing Editor
Kristin F. Elson
Westbound Publications
Art Director
Carolanne O’Neil
Westbound Publications
Contributing Writer
Orly Konig-Lopez
Westbound Publications
The new year is always a good time to start on the “right foot,” whether
it means breaking an old habit, finding a new mindset or creating goals
that will make the coming year a success. As you’ll see, we’ve filled this
issue with fresh color concepts and inventive ideas on art and design
that you can apply on both residential projects and in commercial
spaces. Prepare to awaken your senses!
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Things We Love
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Carry Goods, $240. Made of
mahogany Horween® leather with a
Cordovan closure, this multi-use carrier
is polished and professional.
RICHART®, $75. Spread good
news and good wishes with
a double layer of Tandem
chocolates topped by a dark
chocolate plaque with a
“handwritten” message of
your choice.
Benjamin Moore & Co. has selected Vintage
Wine 2116-20 as our catalyst color for 2011. First
seen on the runway, this smoky purple shade has
now moved its way comfortably into the home
décor domain. Throughout our travels, we found
many examples of Vintage Wine in fashion, home
accessories and even food!
vintage wine
by McGill Design Group. Make
a statement and add the illusion of
additional space and more light with this
impressive espresso wood-framed floor mirror.
Chandelier by Eurofase
Lightings. Cascading teardrop-shaped
amulets create an intriguing form with natural inspirations.
by Wedding and
Party Planner Anna
McGregor. Transform
a table with a touch of
velvet and deep blackpurple flowers, such as
the black dahlia.
Priti Polish
Tile Jaipuri Rug by Calypso Home (4’ x 6’), $325.
The simple yet elegant pattern of this rug makes it a unique
piece (made of 100% jaipuri cotton).
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in Chocolate Cosmos by Priti
NYC, $12.50. This deep, rich
choice for fingers and toes is
a perfect shade for winter.
Velvet Chair from Neiman
Marcus, $1,299. Add style and
sophistication to a room with this
incredibly detailed curved-back chair.
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Benjamin Moore® wants to help you – the
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Benjamin Moore has long
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professionals love. But
what happens once color
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Turn the page to see how ADVANCE® sweetened
the walls of a new cupcake bakery in Boston!
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sweet delights
Photography by Eric Roth
A much-anticipated cupcake bakery gets iced in a
delectable paint palette and Benjamin Moore’s latest
interior paint – ADVANCE®.
Step through the door of
Isabelle’s CurlyCakes in
Boston, Mass., and surround
yourself in sweetness.
The brand-new Beacon
Hill bakery – conceived by
celebrity chef Todd English
and his daughter, Isabelle –
combines the décor of an
upscale boutique café with
an inviting “cupcakery” feel
that welcomes all patrons,
from everyday locals to the
rich and famous.
Architect Andrew Falkenstein
and interior designer Jennifer
Glickman, both of Concise
Design in Brookline, Mass.,
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transformed a small, lowceilinged, shoebox of a
space into a charming,
classic bakery with a modern
flair through the use of
three colors, all selected
for their sweet association
to – what else – cupcakes:
Benjamin Moore & Co.’s
White Chocolate OC-127,
Strawberry 2085-50 and
Fresh Brew 1232.
“The intent was to showcase
the cupcakes without making
them too precious,” explains
Falkenstein. “To help create
an approachable feeling,
we put the cupcakes on the
counters, not closed off in
glass cases, which gives the
air of an old-fashioned bakery
with homemade cupcakes,”
he adds. “Because of the
small footprint, color blocking
was very important. The three
colors work together to define
and create an atmosphere
that’s both fun and elegant.”
In addition to the physical
constraints of the store, a
tight budget also meant that
Falkenstein and Glickman
had to rely heavily on paint
choice and clever use of wall
space to create a greater
sense of dimension. Along
one long wall, they created
a picture frame installation
that showcases Isabelle’s
photography. “I wanted the
picture frames to read as
paneling,” says Falkenstein,
in a nod to traditional Beacon
Hill detailing.
“The White Chocolate
[OC-127] on the wall
provides a fresh backdrop to
highlight the photographs.”
Seventeen-year-old Isabelle
is an amateur photographer
with hopes of polishing her
natural eye as she applies to
colleges for journalism. On
the walls of the bakery are
photographs of local children
enjoying Isabelle’s signature
cupcakes, which she shot
on the streets of Beacon Hill.
This highlights the connection
to the community and the
“small neighborhood shop”
feel that the design team felt
was so important.
Falkenstein and Glickman are
both proponents of Benjamin
Moore® paints, and the
choice to use the company’s
new ADVANCE® Waterborne
Interior Alkyd, as well as
Benjamin Moore’s Aura®,
was a natural one. “The
durability of the Benjamin
Moore paints was a key
factor,” says Glickman. “We
knew there would be sticky
fingers on the walls, so a
paint that can withstand
cleaning without losing its
luster was imperative.”
Benjamin Moore’s new
ADVANCE® paint delivers
the performance virtues
demanded of an oil-based
paint with many of the
characteristics common to
latex, including easy cleanup with soap and water.
Falkenstein adds, “We have
confidence in Benjamin
Moore products, so when
the company tells us they
have a new product that is
perfect for a job, we’re going
to try it.”
Benjamin Moore Colors
at Isabelle’s CurlyCakes
White Chocolate OC-127
Strawberry 2085-50
Fresh Brew 1232
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the best of white
glacier white
This warm white is a lovely
choice for a luxurious and
sophisticated look.
white opulence
simply white
With a slightly peach cast, this
white instantly warms a space
with a soft glow.
It’s pure in every sense …
A new blanket of snow, making everything still and tranquil.
A sweet swirl of cream that tops our favorite hot drink.
A fresh coat for our walls, making everything bright and beautiful.
A crisp choice for the trim, smooth as the ice on a rink.
It’s winter …
Think fresh starts,
Think clean and bright.
We think it’s the perfect season,
To bring you the best of WHITE!
A fresh white
with just the right
amount of warmth.
white ice
The blue hue in this white
is cool and fresh – an ideal
choice for a space with a
light, airy feeling.
chantilly lace
A clean, pure white
that is sure to please
in any space.
moonlight white
A touch of soft yellow
gives a creamy feel to
this white.
cloud white
Which white is LA Designer Jeff Andrews’ favorite
choice for trim? Find out on page 19.
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This white complements
many colors and is terrific for
trim and millwork.
The festive red of the
Dragon Blossom is sure
to turn any special
occasion this winter
into a celebration!
to the New Year
A spectacular concoction of
yellow, red and green in a tall
crystal glass passes by, and
heads turn. That’s precisely
the point. A mixologist – a
term coined in the 1940s for
“the art or skill of preparing
mixed drinks” – focuses on
creating drinks that will be the
talk of the establishment …
that will have everyone’s eyes
following the exotic beverage
to its lucky recipient … that
will result in others requesting
“I want one of those.”
Cocktails tend to reflect the
trends of the time. In the
1960s and 70s, for example,
cocktails had the artificial,
psychedelic colors suggestive
of the fashion. “Today,
authentic colors found in
nature are the trend,” explains
New York-based mixologist
Allen Katz. “Authentic colors
mean authentic ingredients,”
he adds. “People today are
more health conscious, and
– as a result – I tend to use
more fruit in the drinks I mix.”
Nature holds additional
inspiration for mixologists.
“I often create drinks to
match the seasons … from
soft yellows and browns for
autumn to a vibrant tangerine
or cherry/strawberry for
summer,” Katz says. As for
appeal, Katz admits that
women are more likely to
order cocktails in the brighter
red spectrum, while men are
comfortable with darker red
or brown-toned beverages.
So, raise your glass, and let
the colors around you inspire
your choice.
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Photo by Grey Crawford
For this issue of Nuance™,
we asked Los Angeles
Designer Jeff Andrews to
share his creative vision
for turning his clients’
homes into private
sanctuaries. From luxurious
bachelor pads in Rome
to coastal retreats in
Southampton and Malibu,
Andrews seamlessly blends
his personal style with the
unique needs of each client.
Jeff Andrews
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Photo by Grey Crawford
Photography by Grey Crawford, Edward Duarte and Tim Street-Porter
BM: Especially with the
current economy, many
are choosing to escape
somewhere no farther than
their front door. What are
some of your tricks for
infusing luxury into these
personal residential retreats?
JA: Luxury is a state of mind and
can be achieved in many ways.
If travel isn’t in your budget,
surround yourself with things
that give you pleasure and make
you feel pampered in your own
home, like high-quality bedding
or fabulous wine glasses for your
favorite wine. Make your home
your own private retreat.
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JA: One of the things that
distinguishes good hotels from
amazing hotels are the amenities.
For one client, I even went so far
as to make custom-embroidered
robes, slippers and matchbooks
to personalize their guest room.
I also love incorporating great
bath products and candles custom
scented for the client.
Photos by Edward Duarte
BM: Speaking of travel, what
is your favorite destination
when you’re looking for an
escape away from home?
Photo by Tim Street-Porter
JA: I don’t have a lot of time for
travel, but when I’m looking for
a quick trip just for fun … Las
Vegas is a great way to spend 48
hours. Palm Springs and Santa
Barbara are two of my other
favorite getaways.
BM: Well-known celebrity
Ryan Seacrest said you
understood the “feeling of
peace” he wanted to capture
in his home and made it feel
“timeless.” How do you inject
fresh ideas into a space and
still keep it timeless?
JA: Each project is different and
takes on a life of its own to fit
the client’s wants, needs and
tastes; what keeps it fresh is my
approach to the design. The key
to making spaces feel “timeless” is
to combine different genres and
styles in a way that feels natural
and uncontrived. The feeling of
peace comes from surrounding
oneself with objects that are both
beautiful and meaningful.
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BM: I read that your
signature style is “plush and
contemporary.” How do you
achieve both?
JA: Having a “signature style”
is not as important to me as
creating spaces that are original
and sophisticated yet highly
livable. Finding the right balance
between comfort and style is a
constant challenge and keeps me
creatively motivated.
BM: As we usher in 2011, this
issue of Nuance™ is focused
on fresh starts and engaging
the senses. What kind of
role do you feel color plays
in nurturing harmony into a
personal space?
JA: Color is the key to creating
spaces that are inviting and
harmonious – interiors that
are beautiful enough to make
you want to stay in them, not
just look at them. The right
balance of color and light creates
an atmosphere of comfort and
livability that contributes to a
person’s overall well-being.
BM: In the initial stages of a
project, where do you look for
color inspiration?
JA: I get my direction from
my clients’ personalities and
the colors they are naturally
drawn to; the architecture and
availability of natural light in the
space are also key.
BM: I read that you are
inspired by your Southern
California upbringing. How
does that get infused into
your design concepts?
JA: In warm climates like
Southern California, outdoor
spaces are as important as
indoor spaces, so creating a
flow is important. Comfortable,
relaxed environments are also
Photo by Grey Crawford
BM: What is one of your
favorite “finds” from the
hospitality industry as you
travel the globe, and how
do you translate that into a
residential project?
part of the LA lifestyle, which
is a part of my overall design
BM: Your spaces tend to
feature monochromatic
color palettes. How does
that play into your strategy
to keep a space classy yet
JA: There’s a place for
everything, but as far as balance
and aesthetics go, you can
achieve a lot with a minimal
color palette. All of my design
schemes start with a grounding
color. My palettes in general
tend to be variations on a
theme – soothing shades of gray,
green and taupe. I like to use
contrasting shapes, textures
and patterns, with color as the
element that binds them all
BM: Would you say you have
a particular color philosophy?
JA: I favor warm, muted and
sophisticated colors with a lot
of depth. I seem to always be
drawn to the colors on the very
end of the spectrum – colors that
are dark, rich and complicated.
Neutral doesn’t have to mean
only “beige.”
BM: Do you have a “go to”
color from Benjamin Moore®?
JA: I have several: Revere Pewter
(HC-172), Valley Forge Tan
(AC-35) and Night Horizon
(2134-10) are great for walls,
and Glacier White (AC-40) is my
favorite choice for trim.
BM: Which designer inspires
you most?
JA: I don’t favor one particular
designer over another. I find
inspiration from many people’s
work, such as David Hicks, Billy
Haines, Vladimir Kagan and
Andre Putman, to name a few.
BM: What advice do you
have for young designers?
JA: The key to good design is
collaboration, so my main advice
is to listen … most importantly
to your clients but also to the
craftspeople and artisans you’re
working with. Don’t be so stuck
in your own personal aesthetic
and design agenda that you can’t
be open to new ideas. I get the
most out of craftspeople when
I involve them in the design
process. Not only does the work
turn out better, but I end up
learning something in the process.
Jeff Andrews’ Favorite
Benjamin Moore Colors
Revere Pewter HC-172
Valley Forge Tan AC-35
Night Horizon 2134-10
Glacier White AC-40 (favorite
trim color)
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Photo by James L. Christy
paradise found
Photography by James L. Christy and Jeff Zaruba
Guests to the Montelucia Resort and Spa
truly “decompress” once they reach their
ultimate destination. Discover how these
Scottsdale, Ariz., architects use sequence
and color to create a mood of solitude and
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When you’re on location in a place called Paradise Valley with
a view of Arizona’s picturesque Camelback Mountain, you
don’t need much more motivation to create a magical and
transformative atmosphere. That, indeed, was the direction for
the Scottsdale firm of Allen + Philp Architects/Interiors when
approached to design the Montelucia Resort and Spa.
Photo by James L. Christy
The resort’s arching entryways, splashing fountains and floral
walkways are reminiscent of the white-washed villages and
sun-drenched hills of Spain’s Andalusia region. The developer
“fell in love” with this region, “so we embraced that notion
and talked about it from a desert response,” says Mark Philp,
founding partner and the director of design at Allen + Philp
Architects/Interiors. “That’s even how this whole color palette
evolved,” says Philp. “Spanish villages were not all white or all
beige; they were very color thematic.”
Consequently, the paint palette is “heavily saturated” and
“intentionally eclectic,” says Liz Damore, director of interior
design at the firm. The team looked to Benjamin Moore & Co.
for many of the color selections – especially at the resort’s
Joya Spa – which range from intense reds and golds to a
deep sapphire blue. They also relied on Benjamin Moore’s
Aura® paint to deliver maximum coverage for these saturated
A strategic color
sequence transports
spa guests from the
spacious lobby with
its dramatic spiral
staircase to the actual
spa. In the individual
rooms, screens and
draperies are used
to diffuse some of
the natural light “so
that the view does
not become the
important thing but
just the contribution
of the light,” says Liz
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Photo by Jeff Zaruba
Photo by James L. Christy
Photo by James L. Christy
Philp adds that the firm takes a “holistic approach” to color.
“When we get on a site, especially a new build, those sites
really talk to us about what the colors should be. The earth,
the landscape, the plant material … all of those things inform
the color palette,” he says. “Then we ask ourselves, ‘Do we
want to work with it or contrast it?’ and that starts to talk to
us pretty quickly.” And, he admits, “the Benjamin Moore® fan
decks go out with us early in the process!”
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At the Montelucia
Resort, a custommixed Benjamin
Moore color and
indirect lighting
combine to create a
magical retreat in the
Camelback Suite’s
master bath.
Photo by James L. Christy
A Calming Color Sequence
At Joya Spa, guests must follow an extended pathway to the
front door, continue up and around a spiral staircase, and then
pass through a long corridor before they reach the actual spa.
“The interesting thing is that the color and the architecture
really work together along this pathway,” says Damore. “As
you get closer and closer to the spa, the colors become more
saturated and darker.”
She explains that guests are coming from a bright space
outside, then into an entry purposefully void of much color and
then, “as the sequence continues,” she says, “the color really
picks up.” Following is a dome saturated in peach hues with a
lot of iridescent elements and then a corridor painted in a deep
red. “We found that as clients get closer to the spa, it gets
quieter. They stop talking. They’re thinking. It’s mysterious,”
Damore adds.
In fact, that is the intention. Adds Philp: “We talk a lot about
sequence in our design.” While this is a key philosophy in all
his design plans, it transfers particularly well at Joya Spa. “By
the time you reach your destination,” he says, “internally it has
quieted you. It has decompressed you. It has prepared you for
what you’re about to experience.”
Photo by Jeff Zaruba
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Photo by Jeff Zaruba
Benjamin Moore Colors at Montelucia and Joya Spa
Down Pour Blue 2063-20
Old Gold 167
Gentle Cream OC-96
Tucson Red 1300
Sussex Green HC-109
Antique White OC-83
Cork 2153-40
Frappe AF-85
Safari AF-335
Amulet AF-365
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A HUE® Award Winner
Allen + Philp Architects/Interiors received Benjamin Moore’s 2010 HUE® Award for
Contract Exteriors. The Scottsdale, Ariz., practice focuses primarily on hospitality
and urban mixed-use developments where color and its use are an integral part of
the language, process and personality of every project.
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Warm, earthy colors,
such as Benjamin
Moore’s Dorset Gold
HC-8 in the entry,
complement the
subtle lighting and
create a cozy, inviting
exotic oasis
Photography by Liz Steger
With warm, rich colors and
silk-tented canopies, diners
at Chakra get transported
to another time and place.
The atmosphere at Chakra is spiritual,
mysterious, sexy and playful. Inspired
by Chakra – the ancient yoga systems
of India – the Paramus, N.J., restaurant
and lounge of the same name sets the
mood with a unique blend of very hard
surfaces such as weathered brick walls
and wood carvings mixed with plush
banquettes and silk-tented canopies.
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Fabiano Designs used
soft, romantic hues,
including Benjamin
Moore’s Golden Straw
2152-50 to balance
and complement the
weathered brick and
Setting the stage for this culinary journey
was Rudy Fabiano of Fabiano Designs
in Montclair, N.J. “The hard surfaces
speak of permanence and history,” says
Fabiano, noting the Cambodian Buddha
carvings set within walls constructed
of 120-year-old textured bricks. Each
carving is lit from below to highlight its
form and create the impression that
these age-old reliefs have just been
The softer forms – from the velvet pillowbacked banquettes to the silk veils
– add “that sexy feminine quality that
can make a space seductive,” Fabiano
adds. Plus, from a practical point, “the
softer materials help the acoustics of
the space, so you can participate in a
conversation while enjoying the meal,”
he adds.
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Strategic Color and Light
Color gets infused into the space via a
dramatic, color-changing stone waterfall
representing the various Chakra colors
from red to indigo. And, with that
exotic feel as his inspiration, Fabiano
selected a strong, jewel-toned palette
from Benjamin Moore & Co. The earthy
tones of gold and red not only suggest
an exotic oasis but stand up against the
brick and wood elements.
To bring out the color of the paints and
the textures of the various materials,
Fabiano relied on a lot of indirect lighting.
“The brick, for example, is up-lit from
the back banquettes to really strike the
grout lines of the brick and accentuate
the glow,” he says. “We also positioned
strategic narrow spotlights to hit the silk
veils as they move.”
Black Knight 2136-10
was used on the
ceiling to mimic the
night sky. The black
lowers the eye and
creates a relaxing
ambiance, enhanced
by the candlelight
Chakra is known as a top spot in Bergen
County, and its sensuous ambiance and
delicious Asian and European cuisine
transport diners far beyond.
Benjamin Moore® Colors at Chakra
Black Knight 2136-10
Dorset Gold HC-8
Golden Straw 2152-50
Mexicana 2172-30
Visit Fabiano Designs at
Visit Chakra at
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is in the
Photography by Christopher Stark
Which colors
allow art to
“pop” in a gallery
environment? The
owners of ArtHaus
demystify the
“white box” myth.
Walk into ArtHaus in San Francisco’s SOMA district, and
immediately there’s an element of surprise. “You’re walking
into an experience,” says Co-owner James Bacchi. While the
gallery’s impressive exhibits in contemporary fine art notably
shape that experience, the bold background colors on the
walls play a key part. “People are disarmed by it,” Bacchi says.
“The white box experience is something gallery patrons have
come to expect,” he adds. “But I’ve always been fascinated
by the museums that constantly change room colors to
complement an exhibition.”
Both Bacchi and Co-owner Annette Schutz agree that the
background colors on the walls at ArtHaus actually “pull”
colors out of the paintings. “You put a piece of art on any given
color, and the artwork dramatically changes,” says Bacchi. “In
fact,” he adds, “our lighting specialist said ‘I hope you’re not
painting all these walls white,’ because the light just bounces
off of the white.” Schutz explains, “It’s all a matter of how the
eye sees.”
Working in Color Harmony
ArtHaus is comprised of several rooms … itself unconventional
when compared to the vast white space characteristic of an
art gallery. Add to that the colorful interior coatings embraced
by the co-owners. The Project Gallery – one of these spaces –
is sprayed top-to-bottom in Benjamin Moore & Co.’s Heritage
Red (EXT. RM) in semi-gloss. “You put anything in a space with
a semi-gloss red finish, and it will pop,” says Bacchi. Using red
was the brainchild of Lawanna Endonino, principal of Lawanna
Cathleen Design in San Francisco. Last year, she created a
Collectors Salon in the Project Gallery to accompany a show in
the Main Gallery titled “The Fine Art of Designers.”
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“If I had to pick any Benjamin
Moore color, [Graphite] would
be my absolute favorite.”
“New Horizons” by Franc
D’Ambrosio (top) is showcased
against Benjamin Moore’s
Graphite 1603. Below, Festive
Orange 2014-10 complements
the colors in Brian Blood’s
“Through the Path.”
The relationship of the art and wall colors provides
abundant inspiration. With 65 percent of the gallery’s
clients being architects and designers, Bacchi says that
traditionally designers are searching for artwork that will
work harmoniously with an interior they just created. “Oddly,
though, it often goes the other way,” giving as an example a
designer who came in with a client to select artwork, around
which the designer then based wall colors and fabrics.
Benjamin Moore Colors at ArtHaus
Tyler Taupe HC-43
Graphite 1603
Festive Orange 2014-10
Sweet Vibrations 391
Heritage Red EXT. RM
In the Main Gallery, Benjamin Moore’s Tyler Taupe HC-43
and Graphite 1603 are constant colors. “Those are two
colors we’re having a real hard time letting go of,” says
Bacchi. “And, the amazing thing about Graphite is that it’s
pretty much a step away from black.” Because black is not
technically a color, he explains, the eye only focuses on the
art itself.
Bacchi loves the effect of Graphite so much that he chose it
for his bedroom color in his home to highlight his personal art
collection. Ironically, he says, the room previously was white.
After painting it in Graphite, “everything just started to sing,
including the mid-century furniture,” he says, adding that the
color accentuates everything from the grains of wood in the
furniture and the various sheens in the room. “If I had to pick
any Benjamin Moore® color, [Graphite] would be my absolute
favorite,” he says.
Back at the gallery, Bacchi also notes that the contrast of
Graphite in a satin finish and Tyler Taupe in a flat finish is
“really, really beautiful.” And, because there is no natural light
in the space, he adds that the way the light (a combination of
low-voltage halogen floods and spotlights) plays off the finish
“is key.”
While Bacchi has high praise for Benjamin Moore products
(“We couldn’t live without Benjamin Moore,” he says), he
speaks from personal experience when it comes to touching
up with Aura®. “Painting with Aura® is like painting with warm
butter,” he says. “I love that it does not smell, and I love how
quickly it dries, plus its ability to cover is really great.”
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Celebrating the Moment
In addition to the two constant colors in the Main Gallery, the
color on two accent walls changes with each show. Benjamin
Moore’s Festive Orange 2014-10, for example, welcomed an
exhibit this fall by painter Franc D’Ambrosio. “We wanted to
celebrate autumn as well as his work, which had these fabulous
fall colors in it,” says Bacchi.
Schutz agrees that the rotating colors on the accent walls
really set a mood for the current show and change the whole
feeling of the gallery. “Everything looks good on Tyler Taupe and
Graphite,” she says, “but the Festive Orange shows people that
this is something you could do in your own home. You don’t
have to paint your whole house orange … maybe just paint an
accent wall or two.”
Benjamin Moore’s Heritage
Red (EXT. RM), shown above,
makes a bold statement for
ArtHaus’ “Best in Shows”
exhibit. At right, Franc
D’Ambrosio’s “Mid Century
Afternoon” is grounded against
Tyler Taupe HC-43. “[Tyler
Taupe] actually reminds me of
a framing color,” says James
Bacchi, “so the art has a
finished look to it, even if it
doesn’t have a frame on it.”
Sweet Vibrations 391 provides
the background for Carolyn
Meyer’s “Memories of Tuscany”
Indeed that is the message that Bacchi and Schutz both hope
to share with all their visitors … that when you go through
ArtHaus, “you feel like you could be in someone’s home,”
says Schutz. “We feel our set-up is intimate, comforting and
welcoming,” she adds. “We want to put people at ease.”
Visit ArtHaus at
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New Orleans, La.
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Chicago, Ill.
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Rely on Your Local Rep!
Jackie Passaro is one of the
numerous Benjamin Moore
Architect and Designer (A&D)
Representatives ready and willing
to serve you. Located throughout
North America, these reps provide
an invaluable resource, ensuring
that your project is completed on
time, within budget and beyond
the personal touch
behind the
Posh Owner Mary Anne
Antonides (left) worked very
closely with Benjamin Moore
Architect and Designer
Representative Jackie Passaro
to transform her extensive
showroom into a sophisticated
and stylish boutique.
When the owner of Posh – a full-service
interior design studio and retailer of furniture
and home accessories – took on a grand yet
vacant 15,200-square-foot furniture store in
Vienna, Va., she turned to Benjamin Moore & Co.
Architect and Designer Representative
Jackie Passaro for guidance.
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“It’s an old building, and we
had several substrates to take
into consideration, including
exposed steel beams, drywall,
brick and concrete floors,”
explains Passaro. “And
because the facility had been
vacant for more than two
years, the condition of the
substrates was questionable.”
Working with Benjamin Moore®
Commercial Development
Representative John Seelinger,
Passaro visited the site during
the construction phase to
advise on prep work to ensure
that painting would go smoothly.
She also worked hand-inhand with her local Benjamin
Moore retailer, Jerry’s Paint &
Wallpaper Center in Springfield,
Va. Several Benjamin Moore
products (see box) were
selected for durability, coverage
and vibrancy.
The Benjamin Moore team
returned to the site several
times during the painting
stage as well. Luckily for the
owner, Passaro has a design
background, so when the
ceiling color appeared too gray
in the space, she was able to
suggest the switch to the right
shade of white in Benjamin
Moore’s Waterborne Ceiling
Paint, bringing the ceiling back
to the brilliant white the owner
That’s the personal voice
of experience behind all
Benjamin Moore products.
To find your local A&D
Representative, use the
Architectural Rep Locator available
While Posh is packed with
a plethora of extraordinary
home furnishings and design
accessories (top), the space
is staged as a collection of
individual rooms so customers
can visualize how they can
incorporate various pieces.
Also a full-service interior
design firm specializing in
custom residential projects,
Posh’s workspace (bottom)
is lined floor-to-ceiling with
comprehensive resources.
Benjamin Moore A&D
Representatives are
knowledgeable in all Benjamin
Moore products and are well
equipped to help you and your firm
in a variety of ways, including:
• Supporting your educational
needs with presentations,
courses and webinars approved
for CEU credits.
• Providing product information
to help you choose the right
product for your project.
• Sharing their knowledge on the
LEED certification system and
general environmental issues
as they relate to paint.
• Assisting with specification
and job submittal development
to ensure that the appropriate
products are specified for each
• Aiding you with Benjamin Moore
color tools to help make the
best color selections for your
• Hosting Benjamin Moore
architect and designer-focused
events throughout the year.
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Benjamin Moore Products
Used at Posh
Concrete Floor: Super Spec
HP® 100% Solids Floor Epoxy
Exposed Metal Ceiling Beams:
One coat Super Spec HP®
Sweep-Up Alkyd Flat and one
coat Waterborne Ceiling Paint
Walls: Aura® Matte Waterborne
Interior Paint
Trim: Aura® Satin Waterborne
Interior Paint
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