This term I decided to take an interiors course to test out whether I wanted a minor in interiors or not. We had two projects going on in the course, a wall/ceiling design, and a stairs design, both for the same cafe in downtown Eugene, Cafe Perugino (the two projects were separate so that the ceiling design did not have to take the stair design into account).
In this assignment I learned codes for handrails, head level heights, dimensions etc along with material choices and stair types.
First vs second version:
I decided to include a maple handrail attached to the metal handrail in my second version. Often cylindrical wooden handrails are warmer and easier to grasp onto. I also decided to narrow the width of the metal railing and to insert glass between the balusters to simplify the stair, keeping it light in appearance. In my second design I also added a 1 1/2" nosing to the treads. Although this is usually applied for stairs with a closed riser (mine are open), I liked the fun detail it made.
The point at which the two panels come together directly correlate to the entrance of the cafe, thus the ceiling height difference defines the linear circulation path. The walls will have a dark, textured wall covering (Maharam’s “Embark” High Performance Wall Covering in Pencil) to encourage the shop’s elegant atmosphere. In contrast, the base trim, chair rail and wooden ceiling panels will be painted in Miller Paints #1116, a bright cherry red to add a pop of color and play.