Trade Se­crets

De­signer Jen­nifer Hef­fel on how to cre­ate a show-stop­ping ceil­ing.

Western Living - - CONTENTS -

In­te­rior de­signer Jen­nifer Hef­fel kept things sim­ple in this Van­cou­ver liv­ing room, favour­ing a clean and clas­sic style that would let the ex­cep­tional art col­lec­tion shine. Over­head, how­ever, it was a dif­fer­ent story: sup­port­ing the high, arch­ing ceil­ing are strik­ing half-cir­cle steel beams that look like works of art in their own right. “They were orig­i­nally de­signed by the ar­chi­tect as a more tra­di­tional scis­sors truss; we pared back the de­sign to give them a more con­tem­po­rary style,” ex­plains Hef­fel. “I think we can learn that when we de­sign us­ing re­straint, sym­me­try and so­phis­ti­ca­tion with an ap­peal to an­tiq­uity, we cre­ate some­thing time­less.”

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