Gray and white striped interiors exist in public and private spaces, from the sacred to the mondaine.
The term “gray scale” is usually applied to visual images. I’m using it here to describe gray and white striped interiors which are created from shades of gray and are dependent on the play of light and dark. But I don’t want to put too fine a point. Essentially, I was struck by the beauty and similarity of two images with striped shades of gray in common. The exquisite Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista (Church of St. John the Baptist), in Mogno Switzerland [top], was designed by Swiss architect Mario Botta. Built from alternating layers of marble and granite, the stone “stripes” is similar to the way stone was used in some Italian Renaissance churches. This one stands on the site of a 17th century church destroyed by an avalanche in Alpine ski country on the Italian side of Switzerland.
French architect and designer Jean-Louis Deniot also used gray stripes in a powder room. There, they bounce off the glass sink vanity to create a stunning visual effect.
(Source: botta, deniot)
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