I first heard Erik Kvalsvik‘s name when he shot Barry Dixon’s second book, Barry Dixon Inspiration (which now graces my coffee table) in 2011. Then I saw more of of his amazing work when he shot a book for Fortuny (whose New York showroom Barry designed) in 2012. He’s also shot portfolio photography for many of DC’s finest designers.
Great timing, since we’re heading right into the cold weather—high season for South Florida.
I had lunch with Erik last week, and he told me about his experiences shooting Foster’s interiors, both in Florida and, in a couple cases, up here in Virginia. He was kind enough to share his thoughts about some of his favorite pictures from the book.
As for the photo above, he told me that though most of the book was shot around Palm Beach, this one gave him the only opportunity to include palm trees and the ocean in the shot. Erik also admires the sculptured plaster chandelier and sconces by Thomas Messel, which look like coral.
Erik also likes this dining room, which has a similar feel:
Now it’s on to another formal living room, but I was especially drawn to a puzzle area nearby:
The next couple photos were taken in a “very dark” apartment in an oceanfront building, Erik says — favorites of his because they look naturally lit, and because it’s more in keeping with his personal style:
I got to look through the book myself, and now it’s my turn—the following pages are my own favorites, as Foster’s design and Erik’s fine photography prove that, without a doubt, “traditional” can be TOTALLY cool: