When designing within a period building we feel it is important to understand and incorporate the motivations of the client who has sought out this type of home. Often a key consideration is the unparalleled character created by the expressive detailing in elaborate woodwork, plasterwork and tiling patterns. In these instances, the only options are to slavishly recreate the original details or to replace them. Which prompts the question, what should they be replaced with?
As contemporary designers, we believe that the alternative is to reinterpret the original idea in a way that is equally appropriate to the period building and even more relevant to the modern use. We look for ways of reducing the ornamental details to their fundamental core so that they are simplified but still evoke the emotive qualities enjoyed by the client.