28 April 2011

Geometric Floor

the floor is painted with an interlocking hexagonal pattern 
I recently completed a floor for a new furniture and design shop in San Francisco using a really hip-looking interlocking hexagonal pattern.  I have a bit of thing for hexagons in general, so this pattern really excited me. 
the white painted floor / work in progress with giant stencil
My design was interpreted from African textiles, with a nod to the mid-century fabric patterns such those by mid-century design icon David Hicks, who had put his own spin on this look in the 1960's.
the finished painted floor
As the shop is in a long, narrow space, over 50 feet deep but only 10 feet wide, I designed a very large scale repeat, and elongated the pattern to help foreshorten the room; so even though the pattern is "stretched" it does look symmetrical, and the room appears wider and more stable as a result.

The pattern was painted onto the concrete floor using floor and patio enamel from Benjamin Moore, and a huge stencil I designed and cut in my studio Look carefully and you can see how the repeat fits together. 

owner Lara Ritch in her showroom "Ritches"
 "Ritches"  a vintage furnishing store  opened in the ActivSpace on 18th and Treat St. in San Francisco. Image via the Bold Italic.


  1. Hi, Lynne - I thought of David Hicks before I read the copy. Your appraoch to widening and foreshortening the room really works. Your before and after photos could be designer textbook material.

  2. thanks Mark, thanks Emily!
    the real "before" picture was the battleship gray floor, but i could not bring myself to post it, it was so awful. i am cursed with an industrial gray painted concrete floor in my studio and may have to change that very soon.

  3. Better you than me! Geometrics drive me crazy. Great idea with the foreshortening- it really worked.

    Geez, quite a challenging size for a store. It's nice when the client has faith in you!

  4. Hi Lynne-

    I LOOOOOVE your floor - it's amazing! This is exactly what I'd like to do in my basement.... paint over the old asbestos tile, then paint on a pattern just like this. Any chance you'd be willing to sell me your stencil?? haha! If not, any tips on making my own? I'm an artist and feel confident I can do it... where did you get the large stencil paper?

    Thank you for the awesome post - your floor looks fabulous. I live in Baltimore, otherwise I'd visit your shop - it looks so cool!


    1. Hi Susan, thanks so much for your comment. I don't keep the stencils for my jobs and make a new one scaled to the room every time. You can make your own stencil with paper or mylar. I prefer 5 mil. mylar, single matte. It's easy to draw on as well as easy to cut. best of luck


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