space spoke to me from the first moment. The sconces and the
chandelier -- more of a classic Florentine -- drove the design
concept. But I knew the plasters would created an ideal showcase.
I wanted to return the Hollywood romance to the space,Ē
greens and browns are reminiscent of the older theaters -- you
had to have gold. Many of the decisions for carpeting, tile and
other surfaces had been made, so it was my challenge to create a
palette that worked with the other materials."
All surfaces were plastered by Tuscanís artists, except the crown
molding and the decorative wall panels just below the mezzanine, which
were painted. The
American Clay Natural Earth Plasters
FirmoLux authentic Italian Plasters are
imbued with color. They are not painted. The raised stencil on the
panels is an Italian Plaster that has been gold-leafed.
The trey ceiling is a combination of American Clay plasters. The
exterior tiers are a double layer of untinted Loma. The inset is a
bi-color plaster highlighted by a gold wax created by Eve. Four artists
worked on the ceiling for three days.
wall containing the large photographs is two layers of American Clay
The soffits straddling the columns above the mezzanine are Loma. The grayish-white walls are an untinted Loma, trowel-applied in two layers. It is one of Eveís
most requested finishes because of its organic look and compatibility
with most design styles.
The three columns on the wall of the theater entrance are Italian
Plaster, applied in four coats with a skip-trowel method -- which
created the decorative voids -- then trowel-burnished to a high gloss.
The Pietra Toscana finish was created by Eve, who has studied plaster on
three continents. Each Italian Plaster finish is unique because its
beauty is created by the artistís hand. The American Clay plaster on the
grand staircase wall is a two-layer Loma custom color, to pick up the carpetís hues.
The back wall of the mezzanine level is Eve's interpretation of an
interior floor of a Moroccan riad. The hand-created block is a nod to
the geometric and primitive influences on Art Deco. The block is an
American Clay Marittimo built in stages and highlighted by a finishing
soap Eve imports from Marrakech. The ceiling is a double layer of Loma,
done in a bi-color to suggest a sky that would be seen through the
glassed opening in the riadís roof.
walls and ceilings of the theaterís ante room are a FirmoLux authentic
Italian Plaster, in metallic finishes.