a set of coffee tables inspired by the children's novel Owl Moon | concept: parent-child relationship
A load-bearing wall was the only element to remain unchanged in the renovation of this home. Supportive and central, it came to be thought of as the backbone of the home, much in the way that home itself is the backbone to our lives.
Client: Bridget, a Brazilian native working in immigration law in the United States, needed a live/work space that supported her when work needed to be brought home, yet felt like a respite from the office. Reflecting her cultural heritage and aesthetic sensibilities, this design seamlessly incorporates a work space while providing the warmth and comfort of home.
Concept: As employees work together towards a common goal, a chain reaction occurs. Each individual contributes to the success of the community.
Client: Universal Furniture, a residential furniture design company based in High Point, NC, desired to have its corporate office reimagined. Swapping its corner offices and standard cubicle systems, this design moves executives from the perimeter to the center of the action. Natural light is allowed in and a greater sense of flow is achieved, encouraging interaction.
Inspired by the colorful optimism of Scandinavian design and architecture, these are just a few of the patterns that I have been exploring as a past time. Potential applications: curtains, upholstery, bedding.
Concept: Inspired by the seasonal movement of animals, this kiosk is designed to evoke land forms that are used as wayfinding devices. Fitting within a small 8x10 footprint, the structure needed to make a big statement, beckoning customers to migrate towards it.
The co-working model has rapidly responded to the changing needs of our economy. People are becoming more creative in assembling their professional lives, as they find ways to work more flexibly and collaborate more often. Makers are tasked with designing and building their wares, as well as being the face of their brand through social media and social selling. This means the rehearsal and performance of a public persona.
The Social Station is a co-working environment in which these performers and the cast of individuals who support them do the necessary work of running their businesses during the day in preparation for retail and events at night.
The design of this environment is inspired by the dichotomy between the spaces in a theater. Invite-only events at night give consumers a backstage pass, allowing them to see the inner-workings of the production.
Precedent studies focused on concert halls to ensure that materiality and color translated properly. The space itself is a renovated warehouse building, so working with the deconstructed aesthetic provided an opportunity to elevate the look with touches of glamour and luxury - crimson velvet chairs, gold fixtures, art deco inspired sconces.
The approach to lighting in the environment responds directly to the tasks and activity of individual spaces. Task lighting is used in the working areas while pendants hang in the more open, collaborative spaces. The conference room has a dropped ceiling panel with integrated lights and the glass Focus Wall by Teknion is outfitted with cove lighting as a feature. Chandeliers in the maker studios work well when the space transitions into a storefront at night, as it gives the space a sense of charm.
The transition of the Maker Studios is the main act of this space. The large glass wall that encloses this space during the day hinges upward as a gesture that evokes the raising of a curtain. These studios become retail storefronts that engage what was the open, collaborative work area by day. Makers sell their wares directly from the studio where they ideate.
A combination of backstage areas and public, performative spaces breaks this large co-working and retail environment into designated and purposeful zones. What results is an intriguing combination of mystery and transparency - visitors can only enter into certain wings of the plan, yet are given visual access to the spaces where the products they love are created.
I'm Learning to Make Bowls!
My latest obsession - wormy maple.
I had always been terrified of the lathe, but heard that it was ridiculously rewarding. I'm excited to see where this leads.
Testing out some fun, geometric patterns for bedding.