Case Study: FORMA Design


Andreas Charalambous, AIA, IIDA, of the DC-based firm FORMA Design, worked with a private client to transform her dated colonial penthouse duplex into an ultra modern, Asian inspired home.

As an award winning architect and interior designer, Andreas and his team understands the time and attention to detail that goes into creating the perfect interior design for a client, even if it required trips around the globe to visit the client in Seoul, Korea to understand the essence and aesthetics the client wanted to create. As a busy, well traveled professional the client sought a quiet sanctuary for her time at home, and FORMA Design was intent on creating just that kind of space through their architecture and design selections.

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We have used Carlisle Wide Plank Floors on various projects, with excellent results including 3 recent projects featuring different wood species and stains. They are always an option we discuss with clients who want the best.

The primary goal for this home was to create a Asian-inspired design with understated zen aesthetics – a look and style that had inspired the client in her time working abroad. This involved finding home decor that was simple, yet stunning because you want to keep ornaments and decoration to a minimum for an authentic zen-inspired design.

The home has a delicate balance of colors ranging from neutral cream and tan to earth shades of green and orange, with shades of brown throughout. This combination of light and dark, creates the quintessential zen experience.

To fuse together the minimalist zen design, earth color tones, and lay a foundation for simple beauty, Andreas wanted to a design a wide plank floor that he could carry through all the rooms. It had to reflect the beauty and thoughtful details of each room without overpowering the space or making it feel too “busy”.

“From the LED lighting that changes with the mood to the natural materials throughout, from the gourmet chef’s kitchen to the spa with the hidden infra-red sauna, they all add up to a zen-modern result for this second time client of FORMA Design.”
Final Floor Design

Andreas worked with Carlisle to design a Quartersawn White Oak Floor. Most quartersawn oak flooring is available only 2-3” wide and only 2-3’ average length. This can create a significant amount of seams in a room. This can make a room feel busy and detract from the minimalist, zen ambiance that the home had been designed for.

Carlisle Wide Plank Floors worked with Andreas to design the perfect wood floor for the space. The floor design features Wide Plank Quartersawn White Oak, crafted in 4-9” random widths, and long lengths, up to 12’. This reduces the number of seams in each room by more than 50%.

Andreas also worked with Carlisle to select the right finish for the floor. The natural gold and tan colors of the wood were the perfect backdrop for the home, adding warmth to the rooms and creating a very relaxing vibe. This style floor also created just the right contrast to the neutral white walls, while still complementing the dark woodworking and furniture that you find throughout the home.

Get the Look

At Carlisle we work with clients everyday to create custom flooring designs in just the right style, species and colors. The design created for FORMA Design was one-of-a-kind, but you can find similar styles in the Carlisle Elegant Collection or contact us to speak with a Carlisle Wide Plank Specialist about the perfect design for your project.

Photo Credit

Geoffrey Hodgon Photography, used with permission.