A Newsletter by Simes Studios for Architects and Designers | Summer 2014
The Timeless and Dazzling Beauty of Gilding
From time immemorial humans have felt attracted to surfaces that reflect light, with gold and silver being the standard of value and beauty.
In this issue of Tableau we would like to share images of custom gilding projects in historical and contemporary settings, to convey the transformative visual powers of this excellent device.
When we were given the opportunity to decorate the common areas of Rock Cliff, a nineteen century country manor on Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI, gilding came as a natural solution.
With exceptional millwork already in place painted out in white and not very visible, the thought of selective outlining in gold took form.
Studying the features of each plaster ornament, frieze and molding, the tailored outline in twelve and twenty four karat gold defined the handsome designs with contrast and grace in each of the spacious period rooms.
As the gilded tailoring of the millwork gave a sense of definition and lightness to the architectural features, the smooth and highly burnished hues of Venetian plaster applied to all wall surfaces provided warm elegance to the rooms.
The photographs above show close ups of the Entry Foyer, Drawing Room and Dining Room gilding.
Designer: Kim Kirby Interior Design
The Final Touch
In a contemporary and striking kitchen on East Lake Shore Drive, a large tray ceiling was gilded by our studio in aluminum leaf, with warm over glazes softening the natural sharpness of the metal.
Designer: DeGiulio Kitchen Designs
Antique Gold Mirror
One of our studio’s latest creations in the field of art mirrors presents a painterly and gestural rendition of a mirrored glass.
The glass has been cast and textured with soft irregular waves, mirrored, antiqued, and gilded with leaf and pigments to present an exceptional surface, at once tangible and ethereal, reflective and opaque, constantly fashioning artful silhouettes as the viewers pass in front of it.
Antique Gold Mirror, Simes Studios 2014
Two different versions of a studio favorite, Silver Shagreen, can be seen below.
On the left a general view of an entry foyer in Art Deco style, where the nuances of gilding seemingly bring to life the myriad silver dots as the viewer walks by the room, turning on and off with the play of light and shadows.
On the right photograph, a detail of Silver Shagreen on a ceiling, in a Contemporary setting.
Designer: Leslie Jones & Associates Interior Design
In one of our most recent eglomise installations, the new Sub-Zero showroom at the Merchandise Mart, the focal wall is clad in Silver Birch, from our latest collection.
These oversize eglomise panels create a refreshing interpretation of wood graining in a contemporary setting.
Chicago Merchandise Mart
Designer: DeGiulio Kitchen Design
Art Deco Master Bath
In the Art Deco master bath below, a soft glow emanates from the gilded walls, moldings and crisp definition on all carved millwork.
This is accomplished with a combination of gilding and glazing techniques.
The ceiling has a subtle pearl finish overall.
Designer: Daniel Du Bay Interior Design
A Contemporary Approach to Trompe l’oeil Eglomise
These photographs show a variety of prototypes recently developed at our studio, inspired on nature’s textures and designs and rendered as a mixed media of mirroring, gilding and painting.
To the left are Silver Birch, Silver Oak and Bronze Oak.
On the right is Bronze Shagreen.
In all cases the eglomise is produced on quarter inch glass, which can be tempered, edges polished or beveled upon request.
Bronze Oak and Bronze Shagreen are part of a new series of blue and bronze art mirrors the studio has developed in the last few months.
As a group, they play with limited mirror reflection in darker, tinted glass panels.
In each case the unique mirrored markings and graphics are charged with a mysterious beauty, a novel aesthetic sense.
- Cindy and Jorge Simes