The rectangular shape of the condominium takes advantage
of the views as does its straightforward floor plan. To create a dramatic entrance in an
otherwise regulation white box, I painted the entrance hall and vestibule to the bedroom
and bathroom in a faux macassar ebony finish. Even the doors and mouldings were painted
with the dramatic graining.
The faux finish creates the impression of stepping into an exotic, inlaid wooden box.
This sense of enclosure was very much calculated. The journey from compression to
expansion gives the impression of a much larger space. This helps to belie the fact that
the apartment is a mere 680 square feet.
Inspired by vintage Hawaiiana, the décor of the hideaway is a mix of thrift shop finds
and rescued hotel furniture. This imbues the space with a sense of old Hawaii. But the
concrete floor firmly places it in the present. Painted the color of the blue Pacific, the
floor is a refreshingly cool contrast to the orange tones of the wood real and