This project, lovingly given its custom moniker, "The Stamporium," surpassed all expectations. Commissioned by my clients, I converted a guest bedroom into a dual his and her office space where he could retreat everyday to work on his stamp collection, and she could work at her own desk work space as well. Inspired by the clients' extensive stamp collection, this classically-designed, upscale one-of-a kind library - office was outfitted with newly installed authentic African Mahogany hardwood floors (selected and finished first) and completed with the installation of matching cabinetry that was hand
stained to match.
The husband worked as a trader for a prominent national bank for most of his career and his wife an exceptionally talented and prolific artist - oil painter. I incorporated vintage branding artifacts, personal "treasures" and objects d'art to personalize the space and give it a sense of history as it related to his life work experiences and hers as well. One of these unique artifacts was a wood and brass sign which I strategically installed at the room entry as a door lintel. It reads New York Curb Exchange. Initially called the "Curb Market", as men would gather on the curb of the street to trade stocks, it evolved into the
curb exchange, and later as it is now known as the New York Stock Exchange.
Due to the investment value, the collection needed to remain as dust-free as possible and so I housed all of his stamp binders behind inset clear glass door panels while others can be found sitting behind the eased arched wood frames of the built-in openings. All of the custom cabinetry was appointed with antique wrought iron door and drawer hardware. Eliminating the closet completely allowed me to gain more space for the built-ins and provided the additional space needed for a her desk. Both desks were fitted for wireless computer and AV connections. The entire library office space is illuminated by well placed recessed lighting to accent the artifacts, accessories, and artwork, while highlighting the fine medium tone wood finish of the stained cabinetry for a refined classic look.