Designers are known to take risks when given a show house opportunity, which is exactly what I thought happened in this bold saffron yellow master bath. But that was before I delved into the bio of artist, sculptor and furniture designer Raymond Goins. His application of unanticipated color palettes, high design and artistic ability make an appearance in all of his projects.
For his showhouse debut (2010 Atlanta Symphony), Goins referenced Etruscan influences. The original horse artwork, an encaustic painting, commands attention over the bathtub. Also known as wax painting, the technique involves heated beeswax mixed with tree resin or linseed oil and the addition of powdered pigments. The piece is a strong statement balanced by the use of saffron yellow throughout the room, including the divine tufted leather water closet door (more on the water closet to follow). Notice the functional window shutters using an architectural woven wire mesh. The material allows light to filter through while maintaining a bit of privacy.
A custom bench designed by Goins is also covered in Kipling canary yellow leather from Moore & Giles. The saturation of color is accentuated by the polished leather. A pair of small pull-out tray shelves provides a place for a candle (shown pulled out, top photo) or a glass of champagne. An étagère for linens, toiletries and decorative accessories divides the bathing area from the room’s curtained entrance.
Now for the elegant water closet. Goin is self-taught in églomisé (reverse glass painting). He designed and created the Etruscan motif of Greek key border, animals and ancient people featured on glass panels that were then installed on the walls.
Goins adventurous design ideas, attention to detail and gifted artistic abilities is a combination of talents not often seen today. I plan to keep a watchful eye on Raymond Goins and his progress in the design world.
(Source: Raymond Goins, The Atlantan, Moore and Giles Inc)
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