Cool people doing cool things: Janet Echelman

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If you don’t know about Janet Echelman, you should. She combines ancient craft with cutting-edge technology to create artworks that have become focal points for urban life on five continents. According to her website: “Echelman first set out to be an artist after graduating college. She moved to Hong Kong in 1987 to study Chinese calligraphy and brush-painting. Later she …

Designers We Love: Charles & Ray Eames

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I first became fascinated with the Eameses when I was in an interior architecture class in school. I loved the idea of a married couple, working together as equals (which was unheard of at that time). In school they worked with Eero Saarinen on their first bent plywood furniture pieces. During WWII they worked with the government to design a …

Randolph Health Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Construction Updates

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If you haven’t been to our upcoming projects page in a while, you may have missed the new building that we are working on for Randolph Health Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Asheboro, NC. You can check out some preliminary renderings and space planning from the first stages of the project on our upcoming projects page here. Construction is well …

Structured Play: Richard Dattner’s PlayCubes

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The 14-sided volumes called cuboctahedrons, first identified by Archimedes around 250 B.C., were among architect Rchars Dattner’s earliest obsessions. Influenced by the work of Buckminster Fuller, the playground pioneer became fascinated with while still an undergraduate at MIT. His idea for play equipment built from stacks of these volumes, first patented in 1969, has now been brought back to life. …

But where are the Queen Anne dining chairs?

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We have read that “80 may be the new 60”. That may be a disrespectful sound bite, but it does speak to the rising expectations and agenda of the senior population. With 10,000 people turning 65 every day the demand for better facilities is in a growth phase. This competition coming from the baby boomers means dated interiors are just …

Cool People doing Cool Things: Camp Wood YMCA

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American grasslands used to stretch from North Dakota to Texas. Only 4 percent of that ecosystem remains today, and it’s considered one of the most endangered in North America. In Elmdale, Kansas, the home of Camp Wood YMCA, which provides year-round outdoor education for kids, prairie still covers 11,000 acres. For the centennial of Camp Wood, it teamed up with …

VCT is no longer the only answer

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Although VCT (Vinyl Composition Tile) has come a long way since your past days of school and hospital design horror, there are so many alternate options out there with similar price points that this no longer makes the most sense to put on your floors. Waxing floors is a thing of the past. You no longer have to live like …

Designing with Empathy

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‘Design Thinking’ is a concept that has been gaining momentum in the increasingly flexible and fast changing business world, but it again proves that the principles of design are applicable in such a broad spectrum of areas – not only for innovation and increased functionality, but for bringing into focus what In reading an article in Forbes recently about ‘design …

The Value of a Mockup

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As designers, we dream big. We will gladly perform a task of any size that you give us, but we relish the opportunity to give a space a fresh new look. After coming up with a conceptual design and receiving initial client approval, we begin to research our concepts further. The majority of this research is done through conversations with …