Interior by local designer Mark Kozlak and internationally known artist Craig Blacklock. Copy the link to see the article in the Star Tribune! http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/homegarden/280336692.html
How do you compensate for the move from a house with a yard, trees and gardens to an urban condo? How do you overcome the loss of a direct connection to nature? How can you control your space to improve your lifestyle by using themes, colors and images to enhance your mood and elevate your spirit?
CONCEPT & IMPLEMENTATION:
Real estate broker Mike Peterson and designer Mark Kozlak decided that the answer was to create an IMAGE ENVIRONMENT to incorporate the urban architecture of a high end condo with the natural surroundings of Minnesota's favorite body of water: Lake Superior.
Kozlak reached out and engaged the most famous photographer of the North, Craig Blacklock. Specializing in photographing Lake Superior, Blacklock is one the country's most distinguished nature photographers, internationally renowned for his inspiring landscapes, technical virtuosity and ability to capture color and light. In addition to being the photographer and author of 17 books, Craig is also regularly featured in photography magazines such as American Photo, Fine Art Photo, and Outdoor Photographer. His original prints are in museums, private collections and health care facilities throughout the USA.
Blacklock was intrigued by the concept of participating in the design of an entire urban home around his natural images. Together, Kozlak and Blacklock based all color selections and material choices on images from Blacklock's popular art galleries and award-winning books. The chosen images dictated the colors and texture for all of the home's surfaces (ceiling, walls, floor coverings, furnishings) for perfect coordination and maximum effect.
As much as the interior space of a home is usually about the practicality of day-to-day living, the artist and designer wanted this space to also reflect the natural (nature-based) feelings of tranquility one gets from being outdoors.
The exterior man-made structures, as well as natural features found outside the building, are incorporated into the theme equally. This heavily influenced the selection of the photographic images. Designer Kozlak's goal was to bring the outside in, in order to lead the inside viewer out. The result is that the viewer perceives an expanded interior space.
For some rooms Kozlak began with a color palette for the wall and Blacklock selected images that had an emotional effect. For other rooms Blacklock selected the wall color and Kozlak selected the best Blacklock images to highlight the emotion. Each room has its own feel yet flows perfectly into the next. Working together, Blacklock, Kozlak and Peterson got the whole home to achieve its own balance.
"I've done many museum exhibitions, done commissions for public spaces and private homes, but this is the first time I've been able to work with a designer to totally transform an environment. It was a tremendously rewarding experience to work with Mark Kozlak in not only selecting artwork that fit a specific theme, inspired by the views out the window and the owners love of Lake Superior, but also to help select paint colors that would enhance the artwork and living space. Mark has wonderful insights as to what colors will do, and working as a team, we fed off of each other's knowledge and ideas."
"For me, one of the most fun challenges was what to do with the curved wall. This was the last piece to be selected, and the colors had already been pretty much nailed down. The solution was to create a piece with narrow, vertical panels that would conform to the curve. I selected a photograph of colorful rocks just beneath the surface of Superior. It has all of the colors we had been working with, and I felt that with all of the other images acting as windows out to landscapes, that it was important to have at least one that had a more intimate feeling. Folks love being on the shore, watching the play of light through the water as it refracts over the beach stones. I hope people will get the same mesmerizing experience living with this photograph."
-- Craig Blacklock, artist
Real estate broker Mike Peterson, of Drive Results Realty, will be putting the home on the market for sale this Fall (October, 2014). Email him through this website if you would like to receive an invitation to the open house events.
Please come to our Open House at the condo on Sunday November 2nd between 1pm and 4 pm to check out this fantastic property! Address is 3707 Grand Way #414 St. Louis Park, MN 55416. Please call April to be let into the building. April Janes (612) 619-5326