Mid-Century & Modern Churches

 
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Elevating Secular to Sacred

 

Traditional and sacred beauty is not limited to churches built 100 years ago, though mid-century and modern churches do not typically feature artwork, decorative painting, and ornamental plaster, we believe that sacred buildings must reflect and honor the Divine in every age and every style of architecture. Therefore, we intend to bring sacredness to modern in order to successfully convey the stories, mysteries and purpose of faith.

When we approach a beautification project, we do not seek to change the architectural design of the church rather to expand on the style, adding decoration in the same design as the building. Beautification is not difficult nor does the process need to be expensive however, a strategic and carefully developed design is crucial in achieving a cohesive and beautiful completed project. The new design should not look new in the sense that it stands out, the new design must incorporate the surroundings and give a sense of permanence and unity .

The possibilities for beautification in new structures are endless. Blank walls are the canvas on which the mysteries of the faith should be illustrated. Just because something is not done, does not mean that it should not be done and we are determined to bring sacredness back into churches regardless the era in which they were built.

 
 

Philosophy

When we approach a beautification project, we do not seek to change the architectural design of the church rather to expand on the style, adding decoration in the same design as the building. Owen Jones’s first proposition in the Grammar of Ornament has been our guiding philosophy, “the Decorative Arts arise from, and should properly be attendant upon, Architecture.” Mid-Century and modern architecture is typically very simple and features minimal decoration and artwork. All the decoration for mid-century and modern designs should follow along with the simple architecture but does not need to be limited to bare plaster walls; decoration completes the architecture. The possibilities for decorative work in newer churches are endless, we are capable of putting those ideas on paper to conceptualize the project and transforming the church from seemingly secular to distinctly sacred.

Process

Proper design process is vital to the correct execution of our philosophy. When developing a new design for a church, we sketch out the ideas on paper eventually creating a beautiful illustration of one possibility for the space. Renderings are a way of placing artwork and design ideas into the space and act as a visual conversation of ideas between the designer, the priest and often, the congregation. We work with priests through the design phase in order to create color schemes, designs and artwork fitting to the architecture of the church. The renderings can be either computer generated or hand painted, as pictured here. The rendering is an excellent way to visualize the end goal. Once the design is approved, the work begins and before you know it, the church has transformed from a barren space to a sacred place.

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