The Music Goes Round and Round

By STEVE KAUFMAN
Contributing Writer

The condominium owner is 29, has a successful career and is fond of Louisville’s urban lifestyle.

He’d just bought a spacious apartment at Waterfront Park Place and wanted something sophisticated and stylish.

He got circles.

“Actually,” says designer Emily Hawkins of Elements by Emily (Bedford, Ind.), “the mixing of the soft curves with the strong surface materials produces a very masculine environment.”

And, you know, she’s right.

Starting with the entryway – a narrow hallway with a neutral cream palette and dramatic dark wood trim, with a presentation of two tables with rectangular framing, each topped with rectangular framed images – this is a space right out of GQ magazine.

Rectangular? What happened to the circles? Those are presented in two curved sculptures sitting, one each, on the tabletops. But that’s only the beginning.

In a vestibule just inside the hallway is a round metal sculpture on a table made from a circular-patterned bar stool, sitting on a circular tile inlay and  underneath a heavy, round custom chandelier.

The big, open loft-like great room is dominated by a dark leather tufted sectional couch, opposite the requisite digital TV hanging on the wall. It sits atop a sixties-style, dark brown rug filled with a creamy op art circle pattern. There’s also a circle pattern on some of the chair’s pillows.

Overhead is a round-shade chandelier from Fine Art Lamps with a circle patterned shade, hanging in a circular ceiling paint faux-finished with metallic paint.

And a framed poster on the wall seems to be a vintage picture of a two-engine prop plane flying over 1930s Manhattan. “He loves New York” the designer said of her client. “But notice closely,” she added, “the windows of the passenger plane are all round.”

The dining room table in the adjoining space is rectangular – in fact, it converts to a pool table when the cover is removed. But the dining room chairbacks all have a circular patterned frame and there’s a circular dining room bench, as well.

There are two round-bowl chandeliers hanging over the table, round egg-like sculptures on the table and, one presumes, the pool balls are all round, as well.

A custom wood cabinet holds not only all the pool equipment, but has storage capacity for other things.

The master bedroom and bath are a young man’s dream. A custom-designed water wall takes its tile pattern from bedspread and divers diving through circles opposite the water wall. A huge 38-square-foot walk-in shower with porcelain tile sits across from a large Jacuzzi tub, amid very dark, masculine bathroom tile. There’s a round monogrammed rug, a sculpture of round film reels on the wall, the cabinets are inlaid with circles and there’s a wall treatment of circular sea shells.

The tenant’s office has a black and red theme – he’s a University of Louisville graduate and huge fan – with a large Yum! Center painting on the wall and a Denny Crum-signed basketball. (It’s round.)

“In fact,” says Hawkins, “one of the reasons the young man wanted to live downtown was to be near the Yum! Center.”

He’s also an accomplished musician, and the room contains an assortment of electric guitars that he plays.

Probably the coup de grâce for the units in this building is the view, and this one has a dramatic view of the riverfront on both sides of the Ohio, the bridges and Slugger Field – a plus for a sports-minded man.

The baseball field itself is diamond-shaped, of course, but the pitcher’s mound is round.

Photos by CHRIS HUMPHREYS | The Voice-Tribune