Step right up folks, and witness the wondrous world of Mister Adam Wallacavage…
Having discovered a transcendental route between the beautiful and the grotesque, this “Militant Ornamentalist” is self-taught in the ancient method of Italian scagliola. But don’t take it from me, Adam’s wonderfully-written message exudes more character than I could ever summon:
“I live in South Philadelphia on the Mummer’s Parade route A.K.A South Broad Street. I bought the place 8 years ago and it changed my life. As a photographer, I originally designed and rebuilt the 1940′s converted doctor’s office/1870′s era Brownstone in the vein of a Victorian fun house to use as backdrops for my photography. My main inspirations for most of what I do, are the sea and the idea of endless possibilities of design… I wanted elaborate details and was often upset with the idea of beautiful ornamental architecture being destroyed because I thought the craft of it was lost. Once I taught myself, I was excited and just went crazy with it. Now, the chandeliers I make are a product of the progression of my new skills.”
So when was the last time you taught yourself a skilled trade, hmmm?? I am in utter awe of the space Adam’s (literally) carved for himself from the simple desire to experiment/play. Truly a home of homes, this place is at once set to receive any number of design-savvy dignitaries or just to relax and take in the electric surrounds. A great assemblage of art and antiques is complimented with the light sentiment of stuffed animal trophies and the assorted doodles of his artist-contemporaries. Mark my words folks, though this may be the first time you’ll hear of the lighting designer-provocateur, it certainly won’t be the last.
(Part 4 of my guest blog stint on Design*Sponge)