The women’s team has recruited Dan to join their side this week and the results are largely positive. For the women, Dan brings needed carpentry know-how and experience with outdoor design. What sets the women’s patio apart from the men’s effort is the overall cohesiveness of the end product. Each person on this team makes their individual instrument heard and known, but it is the overall statement that makes them this week’s challenge-winning team.
Casey selects the xylophone which she interprets to be bright and clear, and we see and feel this inspiration throughout the entire patio design. The design of the fence, the points of light dotting the space and the choice of light materials throughout help to translate this feeling. Dan selects the guitar, which he says is upbeat. The translation of the guitar, however, is manifested in low lounging furniture which conveys a relaxed and casual style. Although the guitar can certainly be interpreted as being relaxed and casual — much like Dan himself — his interpretation of it being “upbeat” doesn’t necessarily translate to what we are seeing in front of us. Upbeat guitar could have been interpreted through a bar area with bar-height seating, some bright lights and an infusion of brighter colors. For me, Dan is an extremely talented designer but there is a disconnect between his words and what he has produced.
Emily’s instrument of choice is the tuba which she sees as being low and slow; she also has translated her instrument into the low lounging seating, which is evident in spades. The low and bulbous forms of the seating all suggest a certain sluggishness that is associated with plopping yourself down and turning the dial way down. This seating area looks like the tuba and Emily largely succeeds in her efforts to translate her instrument. As a designer armed with an impressive set of skills, it’s good to see Emily stepping things up consistently to offer up great design. She is someone who has grown considerably since the first challenge and will need to continue to grow if she is to stay in this competition.
Nina’s instrument, the French horn, is interpreted by her to be bluesy and mellow and we see it translated beautifully in the wall mural with accents of brass tucked into the corner. Nina is clearly comfortable as an artist and she uses her skill set very effectively in this challenge. Two brass plates anchor the corner of this mural wall while pieces of wood elegantly drift away from them. Nina’s freeform lines counterbalance the structured nature of the wood and brass, much like music balances the structure of melodies with freeform notes. Although some of the competitors might not like Nina’s intense nature and opinionated approach, she has serious design chops and should be viewed as a major competitor. Once again, Nina’s design skills help her rise to the top of the pack. In future challenges, we will be looking for her to grow and continue to offer us new sides to what she is capable of.
Stacey selected the trumpet as the instrument that inspired her the most and she interprets this instrument to be upbeat and bright. Stacey largely succeeds in the manifestation of her interpretation. The wood fence and the table setting are both easily interpreted as upbeat and bright with points of light from the candles and gleaming glints of light bouncing off the silverware and metallic rims of the glasses. Overall, the women and Dan have presented a very cohesive design while still showcasing their individual skill sets. This team is finally stepping things up and we look forward to seeing more of their inspired design interpretations in the weeks to come.
This room exudes a melodic, laid back, playful elegance indicative of this team’s chosen instruments. It does so in a harmonious way, thanks largely to the unifying power of color, an unexpected plum which is both bold and beautiful that wraps around the space.
Music has the ability to intrigue and draw us in, and the linear wall sculpture that seemingly disappears into the reflective metallic corner is a fantastic visual metaphor for this. I love the beautiful blend of contrast here: the marriage of low-slung casual lounge furniture that reflects the casual nature of the guitar, xylophone and tuba with details like nail-head trim, damask and metallic fabric accents that reflect the more formal attitude of the trumpet and French horn. The staggered timber wall is a playful patio feature that helps define the dining area as a space for fun and good times —the perfect spot to celebrate being this week’s challenge winners!