Posts tagged ‘interior design’
Ok, the word “swoon” is so overused in design blogs that it’s ridiculous. That said, the residential part of this mixed-use project by Skylab Architecture [warning: despite their amazing work, Skylab’s flash-crazy site may cause motion sickness] has actually caused me to become enraptured.
Located at 12th and Adler in the southwest quadrant of Portland, this amazing space is home to Jeff Kovel (founder of Skylab Architecture) and his family. The final project boasts adaptive reuse, site sensitivity, high ceilings, a roof deck, open floor plans, and – frankly – just great style. Did I mention that I’m swooning?
a (very) carefully constructed opening in the living room looks onto the church across the street and appears as if “a skylight has bled into a window”; 12+Adler by Skylab Architecture, photo by John Clark
via Dwell (April, 2007):
“The ramshackle building that has become 12 + Alder serves as the office for Skylab Design, the storefront for the furniture shop Intelligent Design, space for the salon D Studio, and home to the Kovel family. Erected in 1907, the building has housed a messenger service, a boardinghouse, a storage space, a gay bathhouse, and more recently, a store selling fine, handmade men’s lingerie.
Manly underthings aside, for years the West End’s only architectural draw was the First Presbyterian Church, a stately Victorian Gothic just across the street from 12 + Alder. “The church is amazing,” Kovel says with clear admiration for the sanctuary designed by William E. McCaw, Richard Martin, Jr., and Manson White in 1890. “It was a real no-man’s-land down here, and one of the things we wanted to do when building 12 + Alder was to feed off the church and to extend the context of [the] architectural experience.”
While the modernist glass-and-steel façade is an aesthetic departure from the First Presbyterian’s design, the clearest and grandest example of Kovel’s dialogue with the church comes in his open, uncluttered 2,000-square-foot residence on the second floor. “When it was a bathhouse in the ’70s, there was this pitched skylight that looked up to the steeple.” Kovel kept that detail in the bathroom, but wanted an even more sweeping statement for the living room.”
March 15’s daily design idea is swoon like you mean it!
After seeing Marcel Wanders‘ Sparkling Chair for Magis on Dezeen, I instantly thought it was super clever and cute. I also instantly started thinking about what other items I would pair with it… and here’s what I came up with:
Clockwise from bottom left:
1. Pietro Chiesa’s Fontana Table series
2. Richard Hutton’s Dandelion Floor Lamp
3. Marcel Wanders‘ Sparkling Chair
4. Ivory Rug with Textured Circles from Domestic Modern
5. Rain Mirror by Ironies
December 8’s daily design idea is furniture can sometimes be the best source of inspiration for other furniture. It was sort of fun to think of an interior in this way. Maybe I’ll tackle the Shanghai Togo next?
At my day job, we’ve been doing a lot of research on interior furnishings this past month, so I’ve been subconsciously thinking a lot more about interior design and decoration than I normally would. In honor of this, I wanted to share a few conceptual combinations that I’ve been playing around with.
First up is Pink Zebra!
On a side note, I don’t think the Nendo chairs are actually meant for sitting on… but HAY’s Spider Woman chair would be a good alternative and/or adding in a Zebra Cowhide Cube from Design Within Reach.
Update: Making Waves (a newly discovered FLOR carpet tile) is one more variation to through into the mix. I’d probably do Pink or Earthen – or a mix of the two.
December 7’s daily design idea is boldly feminine colors are a great way to warm up a tubular steel look.
I hope everyone had a relaxing Thanksgiving week! This one coming up is always one of the more busy work weeks, in my experience… so here are some photos of Urban Station, a super well-designed public workspace in Buenos Aires (discovered via Dezeen). Urban Station was designed by the BA office of Total Tool.
All photos by Sergio Esmoris
If I was only working for myself, this is pretty close to what my ideal workspace would be. November 29’s daily design idea is what’s yours?
Three spunky women in Brooklyn recently started an interdisciplinary design studio called Ground Up Designers. They are Lana Zellner [Architectural Designer], Kristen Svorka [Interior Designer], and Tayef Farrar [Multimedia-Graphic Designer], and they have a genius way of breaking down their wide variety of services that really supports their process and overall style:
“Tags” identify specific design services, while “Tag Packages” allow you to mix and match them for your own project. It’s such a straightforward and client-friendly way of approaching project development and defining the scope of work, which I really admire.
Ground Up‘s ideal client is an independent business owner who needs “attractive, unique and fully functional spaces, as well as one-of-a-kind, comprehensive brand identities.” But as you can see above, they’ll tackle almost any (small-ish) project. I’m sold! Ladies – definitely let me know if you’re ever interested in doing a 3×3 Interview.
November 20’s daily design idea is descriptive labels are great, as long as they don’t stop you from being versatile.
Jennifer Hoffman is a Designer and the Principal/Founder of Ecohaven Project.
Where do you design?
Why do you design?
We spend 90 percent of our time indoors, which is usually more polluted than outdoor city air. In addition, we spend our time in spaces that aren’t designed well in terms of aesthetics, functionality, accessibility + sustainability. Designing functional, beautiful + inspiring environments that are healthy + safe for the planet + its people is fundamental for good design.
In terms of Ecohaven Project + collaborative design, we’re just starting out. On the projects we’ve worked on so far, it’s been really great to brainstorm ideas with other disciplines to come up with interesting + innovative solutions for design problems. We’re big fans of IDEO’s collaborative design process because everybody has the opportunity to contribute. We also like the idea that EVERYBODY is a possible design collaborator in this forum.
November 4’s daily design idea is be more like Jennifer: take care of the earth, take care of its people, and collaborate in the process.
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