Rafael de Cardenas of Architecture at Large has developed many projects and has a developed a particular style. He is known for the creative designs and the use of bright colors and geometrical shapes. However, when it came to designing the offices for Ford Projects, those elements had to be reconsidered.
The new project involved the new art gallery branch of the great Ford Modeling Agency. It’s located in the penthouse of a historic building on New York’s Upper East Side. The place was previously a private residence and was then morphed into a a beautiful art gallery and office space for the employees.
The design is a combination of modern and 1920s décor. So the interior features contrasting elements like modern sofas and chairs wrapped in fine velvet, a cozy fireplace, 1920s style globe light fixtures and oak wood walls.
In order to create a more open and harmonious place, the cubicles were replaced with desks that were then stretched together to create a more comfortable and family-like work place. This helps create a more relaxing and harmonious atmosphere. The art gallery is separated from the office space and they don’t share the same design. So the usual colorful and geometrical designs that define Rafael de Cardenas has to be tempered and toned down a little. Nevertheless, the result is a unique and very beautiful design.