Category: home

In just over a few weeks we will be starting a legacy project in Vancouver, British Columbia. A 10,000 square foot, 5 story commercial lobby Located at  475 Howe street. The Exchange project is a LEED Platinum  heritage restoration building designed buy Harry Gugger Studio with Iredale Group Architecture.

Our Italian Lime based plaster finish will be installed in panels with 1/4″ reveals. The end result will be a high polished, monolithic lime plaster in an off white colour. The idea is a solid, seamless stone surface resembling quarts or cesar stone broken up into massive panels. We worked with the architects and design team on a drywall system to meet the durability and installation properties capable of polished lime plaster. Part of the work will involve a unique substrate preparation system, in order to provide a high abuse resident surface below the Italian lime plaster in high traffic areas. This will involve installing an anti-fracture membrane with a 1/8″ build over DensArmor Plus . The reveals will be made using a Fry Reglet which will be installed by the drywall contractors. The vertical batons will also be a polished venetian lime plaster seamless from top to bottom.

When a client wants to make a fireplace disappear from the field of view, we can think of no better finish than our monolithic high polished Italian lime plaster. We have created this proprietary custom finish to fit into a more modern style of home. With its mirror polished finish without any tool marks makes for a beautiful conversation piece while also creating a timeless feature with durability and uniqueness. The end result is a solid, seamless stone surface that appears to be carved in place. Contact the studio for information our Venetian and Italian lime based plasters applications for fireplaces, seamless showers and anything in between in Vancouver, Canada.

Enjoy this short video showing the level of quality we deliver.

High polished Italian lime plaster fireplace

Polished Venetian Plaster Fireplace Canada from Darrell Morrison on Vimeo.

or you can view it on on youtube

We recently had the opportunity to collaborated with the Architecture firm Frits de Vries working together with the build team MP Construction Having the opportunity to work on this ultra-modern home with exposed steel beams, 1/2 inch reveals at every door, moulding and ceiling. including an ocean view and a small foot print with a glass elevator.

We were brought onto the project to replicate a silex element cast stone tile. By using our skills of colour matching and working closely with the design team. We created a unique Italian Lime plaster finish that emulates a linear movement. We made sure to book match the colours around every corner. This gives the effect of a solid stone slab. When you touch the surface of a polished lime plaster the feeling is soft and smooth, invoking the caress on ones touch.

We created this finish using Carrara Marmorino We tinted 3 varying colours and used them in a layered effect like an artist would a paint medium. By blending the colours together it has created an effect of clouds on the horizon.

We love the opportunity to collaborate on projects, if you have a design idea that you would like to see come to life contact the studio.

Venetian Plaster Elevator Wall from Darrell Morrison on Vimeo.

A beautiful barrel ceiling in Classic Venetian Plaster .This project required us to level the substrate before we could proceed with the installation. We use old school plastering techniques and anti-fracture membranes to create a solid substrate . We plastered the sconces with the venetian plaster as well. The end result is a seamless finish from edge to edge meeting the moulding on a perfect corner.

Here you can see some the elements we removed in order to streamline the design for the architects. We removed the rounded corners and pop outs above the doors.

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In May we had the opportunity to work on a very large entrance way ceiling in Shagnessy near 38th and  Granville Street. We applied a bespoke silver leaf ceiling with an antique glaze and satin finish. The end result is a pewter steel look with hints of black peeking through in the distress areas of the leaf. Each piece of leaf is installed 1 at a time over a jet black base. This is an eye-catching ceiling that brings the white wall paneling to life while adding character to the grand entrance.

Grand Entrance shaughnessy vancouver

Grand Entrance shaughnessy vancouver

 

We also installed a Damask stencil in a satin finish with hints of pearl over a cloud white base. It can only been seen in the shimmer of the light. With this application we made it possible to create a wallpaper effect with out seems, while also giving us the ability to fine-tune the final finish with the Architect, builder and owner.

Damask Stencil hand applied section by section

Damask Stencil hand applied section by section

Silver Leaf Vancouver

I had the opportunity to travel across Italy for the month of March in 2016, I was inspired by all the amazing buildings and there history. Architectural master pieces that have lasted 100’s of years and bullet marks from wars of a not to distant past.

Part of my Journey was to educate my self further in Italian lime plaster. I wanted to meet the manufactures, understand the process of installation in the italian way and also meet with other artisans to exchange thoughts.

I was in awe when I landed at Marco Polo Airport as we came through the clouds,

photo by Darrell Morrison

photo by Darrell Morrison

I could see our 1st destination Venice, Italy the floating city…

Here are some of my favourite pictures from Venice Italy

photo by Darrell Morrison in San Marco Square

photo by Darrell Morrison in San Marco Square

Photo By Darrell Morrison

Photo By Darrell Morrison

I was mesmerized by the beauty of arches, with the bold colours and murals that sprawled down countless hallways throughout the city of venice

photo by Darrell Morrison in Venice Italy

photo by Darrell Morrison in Venice Italy

photo by Darrell Morrison in Venice, Italy

photo by Darrell Morrison in Venice, Italy

Venice Italy, photo by Darrell Morrison

Venice Italy,
photo by Darrell Morrison

Santa Maria di Nazareth Photo By Darrell Morrison

Santa Maria di Nazareth Photo By Darrell Morrison

Piazza San Marco Photo by Darrell Morrison

Piazza San Marco
Photo by Darrell Morrison

Black Tadelakt Fireplace

When I get asked to create samples for fireplaces its always something new. This house was no exception with a 14 foot tall fireplace as the main feature to the living area. The clients wanted dark. The pictures of the concepts they showed had a metal look. I decided that Tadelakt Italian Lime plaster was the best material for the project. Tadelakt comes in powder instead of paste. Tadelakt is a feebly hydraulic lime similar to NHL 3.5. The powder form gives the installer the ability to add larger amounts of colorants if needed, although this can effect the working properties of the Lime plaster material if excessive amounts of colorant are used.

Waxed Tadelakt Fireplace Hearth

The end finish we created is polished to an effect of gun metal with hints of bronze metallic which add an undertone of brown to this black Tadelakt fireplace. The hearth was waxed to add extra protection and differentiate the upper and lower area of the fireplace. I can’t wait to see photos when the wood burning fireplace is running this fall/winter. Lime plaster is a non-combustible material making it a great finishing material for hi-heat applications.

Here are some photos of the progress of building out the fireplace and getting things ready for finish coat.

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Enjoying a glass of wine at the end of hard work day.
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One thing about working on an Island is making sure you have “everything” you need. It felt like I brought everything but the kitchen sink.

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As this project nears its end we get a chance to enjoy a few moments of reflection, to think of all the hard work that goes into our clients projects and everyone involved. I will miss the early morning coffee and scenic views.

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The monolithic design of this ultra-contemporary fireplace was designed using a two stage Italian lime plaster system capable of withstanding the heat of a modern linear gas flame. Coloured to match the wet concrete, the finish was then waxed & polished to a sheen to capture the light dancing around the room through the 12′ windows. The fireplace was inset to give it the appearance that it is just floating within the structure.



This project was featured on houzz and you can view it here

This oversized fireplace required a unique and durable product to achieve the “cast in place” look the designer wanted. Custom finishing the fireplace in a a hand- applied two tone polished Tadelakt lime plaster allowed us to highlight both the smooth sweeping curves and the crisp edges that the design called for. This Venetian lime plaster is akin to a warm concrete colour, with a subtle texture this is picked up in the lighting.

This Tadelakt fireplace was excited issuing 3 coats of Italian lime based venetian plaster. With its slightly polished sheen and honed limestone finish.

Tadelakt Custom Fireplace Surround and Mantel from Darrell Morrison on Vimeo.

Modern architecture with matte Tadelakt Venetian plaster concrete looking walls. Venetian Plaster Canada

This Stunning West Coast Contemporary home featured many modern elements including exposed wood beams and stainless steel countertops. The walls were designed using a custom tone limestone plaster that was installed between powder coated steel reveals. The ability to apply the limestone plaster material to unique substrates also made it possible to plaster two doors seamlessly integrated into the wall system that are completely hidden when closed.

The architect for the renovation Kevin O’Leary was the catalyst and idea man. We worked together in designing how the plaster system would work together. Being involved with a project like this from the substrate up to final completion helped insure all the components would flow together seamlessly and any errors could be caught before the project is to far forward. The Tadelakt lime plaster has a smooth velvet touch with a matte finish and subtle texture invoking the touch of your hand as you walk past.

It was equally important the design of the new kitchen respect the quality and intent of the existing architecture, the home originally designed by Seattle-based architect Roland Terry. The new design keeps to a monochromatic colour scheme with a highly crafted use of wood, terrazzo, plaster and steel to mirror the finishes seen elsewhere in the residence.


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