ZIG ZAG , ZAG ZIG, ZIG ZAG: SOLOMON & WU MOULDINGS

When I saw the above photograph I did flip flops for the crown mouldings!!! Where did they come from? Who had designed these fantastic details? Where could I purchase them? I mean, these are not your Grandmother’s mouldings! I am a veritable dog with a bone when I want to know about something, and with my passion level on the rise, I was definitely on a mission…or at least my assistant was put on a mission!

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: The molding was one in a line of new and creative contemporary mouldings being designed by a company called SOLOMAN & WU CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTURAL MOULDINGS. Their thinking is to create mouldings that are commiserate with the world we inhabit today, one of a minimalist aesthetic and austerity. Given that the world of mouldings has been fairly static for the last 100 years, it is super refreshing to see someone come out with an original product that could make a significant impact on the design of a house, apartment, or even just a room!

Before we go any further I think I need to do a quick lesson in moulding nomenclature :

In the States we spell the word MOLDING, but in the UK it is MOULDING. I started using the British spelling as the result of an associate of mine being London-born, so please permit me this pleasure. Furthermore, in the States we say BASE MOLDING, the Brits say SKIRTING, and we say CROWN MOLDING and the Brits say CORNICE. Lastly, they have a term called ARCHITRAVE, which is what we call TRIM, and this represents the molded frame around a window or door. Okie-doke, that should do it.


There are several different designs to choose from:

 

The CUBIST SERIES incorporates asymmetrical faceted surfaces to reinterpret base and crown molding, corbels or wall panels. This is very reminiscent of the technique seen in paintings done in the Cubism style. The 3-dimensional effect is truly outstanding.

 

The HUDSON SERIES: This was the first series of mouldings developed by the company. You can just imagine the reaction of designers and architects when they were presented with the product. The rigid 90 degree aesthetic of 20th Century modern design was reinterpreted with flat planes at angles to create a subtle shadowed effect. I like this effect and think it would be the easiest one for a client to incorporate into their dezign sensibilities…you well might agree.

 

 

 

The CAUMONT SERIES: This series is composed of intersecting elongated flat surfaces which never meet at the same level.  According to Simon & Wu, this design is ” a nod to the Russian Supremacist art movement.” I’ll have to do a little DEZIGNLICIOUS research to verify that, but the comparison to an art movement works just fine for me! I’d adore seeing this used In a very modern space without any crown molding, and very simple trim moulding. PLUS, I think this look is super cool look!


The LINEAR STRUCTURE: The inspiration for this series was the modern application of concrete in architecture today. Reinforced concrete has permitted the design of more elegant buildings instead of monolithic structures and has resulted in architecture which combines both the  ornate and  the reserved . I am particularly enamored of the way the crown moulding spreads out onto the ceiling. I really think that is an unbeatable detail and would use it in a heartbeat in my own house!

 

 

 

 

 

The ORGANIC STRUCTURE: This is my absolute favorite…I am dying for the opportunity to use this on one of my jobs! It is so wonderful and unique that I just know it would make any room sing! The inspiration was cellular structure in natural forms. I mostly love the extra added touch of gilding the outlines of the varying “cell structures.” It makes me think of that marvelous Spanish architect, Antoni Gaudi of Barcelona fame. His buildings and furnishings were filled with serpentine movement and unbalanced detailing which have time and again been an inspiration to me.

 

 

 

 

I hope you have been able to wrap your brain around this highly artistic concept of what constitutes “MOULDING” in a room. If so, you have put a big smile on my face. MY MOTTO: be receptive to the innovative dezign ideas of others and never be afraid to step outside of the dezign box!

Ciao, ciao ’till next time!