Kent Hallmeyer and Sandy Alexander were looking for just such an experience when they retained Rob Rogers, AIA Principal Architect, to remodel and add on to their cabin at Donner Lake, near Truckee, CA.
Melding the two seemingly opposite styles proved somewhat of a challenge for Rogers
"I had been dealing with both rustic and art deco themes for some time and identified with the concept," he
knew it would take the right selection of color, proportions, lighting and - most importantly - details.
research: studying the Rat Pack prototypes that were built in the Palm Springs desert during the mid-20th Century.
How would he
relate the interior art deco and pop art with a rustic mountain exterior?
The answer lay in the repetition of materials and colors, creating continuity between spaces, tying it all together, from the outside in and back again.
used art deco forms with rustic finishes to accomplish the Hallmeyer/Alexander look.
The main icon of the interior - indeed, its actual focal point - became the fireplace, finished in flamed granite.
The flamed granite was carried on through the dining table and some of the main floor lighting fixtures, all of which were custom designed by Rogers
to echo art deco forms.
The kitchen and bathrooms were designed with broken-edge granite accent pieces - called sizzle strips - tumbled marble and granite inlays.
Grouting was rubbed into the tumbled marble, in effect to stain it.
"There wasn't a hesitation.
I used a lot of dusty rose, purple and red with black granite slabs to tie the themes together," Rogers
Hallmeyer suggested that no rustic cabin could be complete without some sort of big game hanging in the great room, so Rogers
found him a very rare White Buffalo.
really pulls the themes together," Rogers
Exterior composition and scale relates to the interior composition and scale," Rogers
"Good design should be more than just creating spaces, it involves experiencing the spaces as art.
The eye is rewarded."
added that a design is only as good as the craftsmen who carry it out.
Rogers is the Principal Architect of RWR Art-Architecture, with offices in Truckee and Lake Almanor.
The full-service firm offers residential and commercial architectural design, interior design, construction management, sketching and rendering.