For the exhibit of Paul Stankard’s exquisite glass sculptures, New York’s Museum of Arts & Design wanted something different from its usual white, well-lit walls. Stankard’s floral compositions, which float in pure crystal, can all be measured in a few inches. To appreciate their fine detail requires time, focus and an intimate environment.
Our design, which is meant to travel, consists of eight floating walls in a 1,000 sf area, each with two or three internally lit niches that draw visitors to each piece. Both the seven-foot-high walls and the niches are in soft colors which complement the sculpture. Thin, rectilinear lines incised in the walls create a sense of proportion and add surface interest. The walls are positioned on a diagonal grid to animate the space and offer a sense of discovery.