Completed in 1934, Lakefront Airport (then Shushan Airport) featured a beautiful Art Deco Interior with metalwork, murals, and terrazzo mosaic floors. After the airport was heavily damaged by Hurricane Katrina, we were brought in to restore and replicate the original cast glass lighting.
On this project we were able to closely replicate the original design of the cast glass lenses using the few remaining original pieces as guides. We developed a casting method that allowed us to match shape and pattern, and the lighting that we created looks just like the historical photographs of the building.
Working with the project's lighting specialist, we moved through many iterations of slight color and texture variations, taking into account light source and diffusion concerns. Samples went back and forth, and eventually we succeeded in creating a happy medium that was nearly indistinguishable from the originals.
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Art matters. Attention to the details of our environment leads to love of place, which brings us to take responsibility for the spaces where we live and work. And by extension, the people with whom we live and work. And by extension, to our local communities, our cities, our nations, and our world.
We champion the role of artists in our society. We need artists to provide us with inspiration, creativity, and imagination, and to help us envision a better world.
Architects and designers know that remarkable design can change everything. They connect the dots across disciplines, collaborating with artists to make the world a more beautiful place. They are the ultimate patrons of the arts.
In the process, design professionals promote imagination and creativity, and through their commissions, make original art integral to and accessible in people's lives.
Art in our public and private spaces helps us fight ordinary buildings, ordinary streets, ordinary cities. We celebrate the extraordinary.
The architecture of our buildings and the design of our interiors affect our happiness and well-being. Each of us deserves a daily dose of inspiration.