Diane Cionni is a spectacular visual artist who lives and paints in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Her work is shown in galleries locally, in Denver and in Santa Fe. Creating a workspace for an artist for whom we have such admiration was an honor.
The schematics for Diane’s studio were originally created by Joe Patrick Robbins and engineered by Steve Moore with SEAD. While our main charge was to execute the studio’s construction, we were also asked to collaborate with Diane on the design of the interior space and finishing details.
Integral to its function as a spacious, well-built place to paint, the studio has an expansive open floor plan with a cozy loft that makes an ideal refuge for Diane’s yoga practices. Exposed structural steel in the main roof support sets the interior’s contemporary tone enhanced by maple trim, maple stair treads and maple floor in the loft. The lighting is designed for optimum illumination of the entire space.
Not only is the studio striking to the eye, it is ergonomically enticing. Cork floors have radiant heat underneath, providing a warm, pillow-like feel for stocking feet.
Rolling workstations make flexible use of the space. A customized reclaimed restaurant sink with a drain board proved ideal for cleaning brushes and mixing paints. French doors open up to a Zen-like backyard garden patio, offering ventilation, inspiration and a chance to commune with nature.
At Gerber Berend we take pride in constructing not only traditional but also more contemporary spaces. Each structure we work on is designed to resonate with the unique aspects of the people we work with. For Diane, the space needed to have an openness that would allow her to create as well as be inspired. With Diane’s input the space incorporates simple, clean lines and an uncluttered sensibility in order to invite the next inspiration for art.