LÃ¡zaro Rosa-ViolÃ¡n describes himself as an â€˜urban archaeologistâ€™ and â€˜style hunterâ€™. His studio has been published a few times, but every time I see his work, I am stopped dead in my tracks. The studio, Contemporain, consists of LÃ¡zaro and his team of eight interior, industrial, and graphic designers.
Thirteen-foot-tall mahogany doors with a knocker that could summon the dead. A ceiling fresco depicting the rape of Ganymede. Plaster walls chipped and mottled with age, massive columns supporting limestone lions, crystal chandeliers casting spidery shadowsâ€¦. Medieval castle? Ancestral manor house? Try a two-story loft in the heart of New Yorkâ€™s ultratrendy Chelsea district.