Heâ€™d just bought a spacious apartment at Waterfront Park Place and wanted something sophisticated and stylish.
He got circles.
â€œActually,â€ says designer Emily Hawkins of Elements by Emily (Bedford, Ind.), â€œthe mixing of the soft curves with the strong surface materials produces a very masculine environment.â€
And, you know, sheâ€™s right.
Starting with the entryway â€“ 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 â€“ 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 thatâ€™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 andÂ 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. Thereâ€™s also a circle pattern on some of the chairâ€™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. â€œHe loves New Yorkâ€ 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 â€“ 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 thereâ€™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 manâ€™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. Thereâ€™s a round monogrammed rug, a sculpture of round film reels on the wall, the cabinets are inlaid with circles and thereâ€™s a wall treatment of circular sea shells.
The tenantâ€™s office has a black and red theme â€“ heâ€™s a University of Louisville graduate and huge fan â€“ with a large Yum! Center painting on the wall and a Denny Crum-signed basketball. (Itâ€™s round.)
â€œIn fact,â€ says Hawkins, â€œone of the reasons the young man wanted to live downtown was to be near the Yum! Center.â€
Heâ€™s also an accomplished musician, and the room contains an assortment of electric guitars that he plays.
Probably the coup de grÃ¢ce 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 â€“ a plus for a sports-minded man.
The baseball field itself is diamond-shaped, of course, but the pitcherâ€™s mound is round.
Photos by CHRIS HUMPHREYS | The Voice-Tribune