Entries in Floor Treatments (2)

Wednesday
Jun132012

Behind the Scenes: Plaster and Patinas

Raw space post demolition.

Having pulled an all-nighter, the plaster textured walls are looking quite dramatic!

Close-up of textured plaster treatment.

Perfectly patinaed garage doors!

Pre-demolitian. Under those terrible pressed wood slats hide some gorgeous original garage doors just waiting to be discovered and brought to aged perfection!

In-studio tests of various patina treatments on metal.

Left: Initial demo of old flooring reveals original hexagonal penny tiles. Right: First layer of patina on floor letters.

And voila!!

Photography by Conor Doherty

Monday
Sep122011

Behind the Scenes: Experience Store In Construction

Collaborating with assembly area designers IDL, painted distressed NB logo on floor.

Raw space pre-construction.

Assembly area floor, beginning stages of construction.

Design development floor samples.

Photograph by Jeff Harris

Our muscle! We love Allstate Electric!On the roof of our studio in Red Hook for celebratory laughs and beers at sunset.

During our 3 week stay on the New Balance construction site we tackled the rear wall (seen in earlier behind the scene post), the column restoration and the floor treatment in the assembly area. At the hottest point of the summer, during a heat wave, in an unventilated space, with zero natural light, we forged side by side with skilled construction teams to achieve dynamic results. A construction site can easily be compared to a beehive - it is no joke, especially in New York City. These dudes were serious craftsman and took their trades to the extreme. The amount of energy and collaboration was invigorating and we earned our stripes successfully amongst them, hot-pink hardhat and all. There was not a day the boys didn’t assist our team in one way or another – from lifting our 20 ft scaffolding to teaching me new methods of building – it was an experience I will not soon forget.

We painted a distressed oversized NB logo in the assembly area and developed the staining process for the wood floors throughout the space. The columns were stripped down to the original metal, cleaned and finished, restoring their full beauty. This was one messy job – wet, dirty and grimy. During the finishing process, antique graffiti was discovered adding to the store's visual story, peeling back the layers of time to reveal and respect the building’s history.

After 3 long HOT weeks we returned to our studio in Red Hook on top of the world. As we watched the sunset celebrating our power (we were quite pumped up on testosterone) our minds began shifting to the next stages of greatness ahead…the production of the 13’ front art sculpture…

More behind the scenes on final stages of New Balance Experience store coming soon! 

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