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The fir-framed windows in the kitchen face the garden. "The luminosity of the space is enhanced by white lacquered cabinetwork, stainless steel appliances and cooking island top, a green-glass-tiled backsplash and bamboo Arborite countertop," says Roblin. He also designed the custom tongue-in-groove ceiling.
Refrigerator, wall oven, cooktop: Jenn-Air; suspension lighting over island: Artemide Kalifa
The antique Chinese water fountain is a family heirloom. A sliding shoji screen opens onto a Japanese garden.
Roblin's studio is truly a multifunctional space. "The mezzanine is the creative hub," says Roblin, "since many of my original sketches for major artworks are done either in notebooks or on my Mac in this area. A wall of bookshelves provides easy access to my reference books and CD files on architecture and art."
He explains that the lower area also has many purposes. "I often use it as a study, a meeting place to show paintings to clients, or as a place to contemplate a recently finished work. If I have a particularly large painting project, the rug is rolled up and the area is prepared for creative work."
All of the artwork is by Roblin: "Choreography" (above chairs) and "Fountainhead" (at top of stairs) are from his "Spanda" series. Flanking the room, left to right, are "Barragan" and "The Conversation" from his "Wallseries."
Stainless steel table: designed by Roblin; bentwood lounge chairs: Alvar Aalto; rug: Triede Design; couch/bed: Club Monaco
The studio's 14-foot square windows face north, providing Roblin with ideal lighting. He designed the pivot door, which leads to a paved courtyard with multilevel decks and a bamboo grove, for easy ventilation. Roblin often paints in the courtyard, but he works primarily on the studio's concrete floor since he uses palette knives of various dimensions and needs a solid backing.
Roblin's painting "Barragan" is named after the well-known Mexican architect Luis Barragan. "I was invited to his home and studio in 1984 when I was in Mexico for a Zen retreat," he says. "Meeting Barragan, together with the meditation practice, had a profound affect on my painting practice and my design sensibility. The "Wallseries" paintings are a direct result of this very moving encounter."
At the far end of the room, an original ink drawing by Hans Hofmann hangs above the desk. "Hofmann's art has always moved me emotionally. His intense application of color with brush and palette knife encouraged me and expanded my vision as a young artist," says Roblin.
Glass-top desk: Ikea; desk chairs: Philippe Starck
More of Roblin's work here
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