AS HEAD OF WOODWARD & LOTHROP'S interior design studio, E. Wayne Breeden has plenty of opportunities to practice his craft. But let's face it: Designing for other people always involves compromise. So after Breeden toured the raw space at the White-Meyer House, it was no surprise that he chose an offbeat area -- a second-floor loggia overlooking the city -- and executed a design that is pure fantasy.
"The design community should show new elements, new movements," says Breeden, who collaborated with Bryan Kirkland and Barbara Thompson on his fantasy tableau. "Whether a design is right or wrong or to one's liking or understanding, it should make people look at it and question it."
Striving for an ethereal, dreamlike quality, Breeden used plaster-dipped burlap as the principal medium in his all-white "room," molding it over a chair frame for a free-standing suggestion of a place to sit, anchoring it to plaster-cast masks and letting it hang from the set of french doors. He even dipped a bullion-fringed tablecloth in plaster to get the right texture for the table's overskirt.
"No one would really be able to live in this environment, it's purely esthetic," Breeden admits. "But there should always be something in a room that's going to surprise us. Entering a room like this is wonderful, beautiful, but scary as well. Who knows who might have passed through those french doors."