The Philharmonic Society of Orange County has been presenting design houses since 1993. It’s their largest fundraiser and benefits their free Youth Music Education Programs which provides musical experiences and education for over 200,000 students in Orange County. Maison de la Mer was last year’s House of Design and is a beautiful French inspired home with wonderful indoor/outdoor elements that are perfect for entertaining. Chameleon Design had the honor of designing the wine cellar.
We began with that point of view that wine is more than just a bottle to be enjoyed- it’s about an entire experience. This wine cellar and sampling room was inspired by the rustic elements of the wine country, yet we incorporated a modern edge through clean lines and natural elements. Throughout the space you can see components from the wine making process from barrels that aged the wine, to the wooden crates that shipped the bottles. You will also see organic items that, like a fine wine, have been given their beauty through age.
Relax and enjoy conversation with friends and family around the reclaimed live-edge acacia table. It’s made of reclaimed wood and displays a leaf organically carved and made of onyx, with a sea urchin on top of it. Adding to the relaxed feeling of the space, Joan élan Davis’ painting, Tranquility, is an an interplay of closely valued colors and varied textures in a painterly woven format. Layers of an earthy brown upon a russet upon burgundy in one palette to deep, rich greens in another lend a sense of movement to the surface.
At one end of the room is a striped buffet. A sustainable, organic and contemporary piece, the buffet is made of reclaimed teak and the stripes are formed from scrap wood in a variety of hues. Above this hangs a custom art piece commissioned for the room. The Untitled piece is made of recycled wine crates and was done by Alex Adamonis of Woodworking LA. Iron sconces flank the art, allowing you to see the depth and variety of the piece.
Just like the rolling hills of California wine country in the spring months, the colors chosen reflect golden yellows, vineyard greens, cabernet reds and the grey of morning fog. The walls are textured with a Venetian-like plaster, and painted French Grey in the tasting room and Mahogany in the cellar.
Chameleon Design won a Mame Award for this hip and playful Sales Office we designed at Colony Park in Anaheim. Our idea was to use a vintage, chic design to lure in the younger buyers, as well as the “move-down” buyers looking to re-live their more youthful years.
The environment was very non-traditional for a sales office with its coffee house/lounge feel.
Multi-colored fabrics and patterns layered together give it that “collected” vibe.
Soulful tunes playing in the background and a guitar leaning in the corner may encourage someone to sit back a while and ponder a place where life is good!
The Plaza at Sierra is the 4th of a series that the city of Fontana asked our builder to create for their affordable senior housing needs. The property has two 3-story buildings, a pool, putting green, pool room, two media lounges and several other great spaces for the seniors to hang out and feel at home.
For this project, Chameleon Design was asked to work with an unbranded developer to help sell the last stretch of undeveloped coastline designated for high-end custom homes. The catch was that the only structures in place were two trailers! Not to mention, neither had a view, and that was a main selling point.
We tackled this project successfully by simply bringing the outdoors in. There were two distinct buildings, the first being the Sales Office. In this space we showcased a uniquely expansive topographic map with drawers that house small scale maps, giving the buyer a more detailed look of their prospective lot. Above the map was a dramatic aerial photograph on a tackable surface, with space for photographs of work in progress. We went with a color palette of sky and sand, with accessories of stone and a waterfall impact logo overlayed on the window.
The stone façade seamlessly linked interior and exterior spaces, and made it impossible to believe the bones of the sales office were a prefabricated mobile home.
Outdoor living rooms and modern arbors, expanded the sense of spaciousness. Everything was designed to launch a new aesthetic away from the Mediterranean and toward the modern, and to capture the rugged California coast with a sense of elegance and modernity.
The second building, the Meeting Center, provided resources for both architects, clients, and builders alike to work or show clients a video of the development.
With this project, Studio Chameleon had the exciting challenge of making the interior of this 2nd story flat surrounded by four levels of flats, feel light, bright and desirable.
Our solution was to use a lot of white! White paint, white flooring and a stacked stone wall that was painted glossy white, along with pops of turquoise and red was just what the cave-like space needed to open up and feel fresh.
We livened up the Master Bedroom with an upholstered bed, crystal light fixture and warmer paint color.
City Center is a “Low Income Affordable” Senior Apartment Building with a Clubhouse, Leasing Offices, Theater, Multi-Purpose Room and common areas. The exterior and interiors were designed with a craftsman-style in mind, and the exterior brick detail was brought inside to the Main Lobby. We chose a color scheme of caramel, greens and browns to reinforce that overall craftsman feel. The seniors who now call this home love how warm and comfortable it feels.
The Sales Trailer for Colony Park in Anaheim was designed to feel like someone’s living room. With all the technological advances that are showcased in this trailer, Chameleon Design felt that it should also feel like the name- “The Welcome House.” The idea was for potential home buyers to come inside seeking more information, but do it while putting their feet up and watching the master plan amenities on the flat screen, or sit on a bar stool and interact with a computer.