Pascale Girardin’s latest ceramic works provide a cool antidote to the summer heat. House 39 was one of New York City’s most hotly anticipated condo unveilings of the year, a 36-storey residential complex on East 39th Street with interiors by star designer David Rockwell. For the project, Girardin created an iconic feature wall of metallic ceramic tiles that line the building’s pool deck. Each of the mirror-glazed, bronze-hued pieces were hand cut to a unique set of dimensions, and assembled in countless permutations. This randomized effect echoes the natural patterns of light on water. “That is part of my identity,” says Girardin of the work, “to play off of the geometric patterns found in nature, while avoiding repetitiveness and rigidity.”
And to further cool things off, Girardin created an ice-chip fountain for House 39’s hammam. The bespoke basin of gold-lustre clay sits atop a sculptural stacked pedestal, providing a serene and refreshing oasis for the building’s spa goers.
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