One of our newer clients hired us recently to design their living room and dining room. They built the home in about 2007, designed by architect Richard Wintersole, but had been living in New York and Chicago while their children were in music schools. They had no furniture in their living/dining and had 50+ family member coming for Thanksgiving. We met for the first consultation on the 9th of November, and by using Ikea, West Elm, and Pottery Barn, these are a couple of snapshots we took November 20 at the end of our installation. Including their screen porch, there were places for at least 48 people to sit comfortablely for a meal. Stacie and I did the planning, resourcing, and design in 2 days and the installation required 1 full day with our wonderful student assistants, our office manager Robbin manning the office, and a moving crew including Mike and Alec Shannon!
Indulge Magazine was at my house this week shooting for a Christmas decoration feature. Can't wait to see how the professional photographer's photos look, but here are a couple of snapshos that I took. The theme was White Christmas. We took it in a contemporary direction and supplied accents of lime green and chartreuse. Some of the items we borrowed from Neimans, some we purchased from Garden Ridge, and others from Pottery Barn and West Elm. All the goodies came from Kroger and Central Market plus chocolates from our own home town chocolate shop The Sweet Shop. Yum! Makes me anticipate the season, but I already have a huge mess in the kitchen to clean. Worth it all!
TCU interior design at the sophomore level just keeps getting better. My students are designing a light filtering screen through the development of a repetitive pattern derived from design precedents and abstraction from the natural world. The above drawings illustrate the study of a natural object to search for structure and repetitive elements. The second drawing illustrates another students interpretation of abstraction in a manner similar to a designer practicing about 100 years ago. I'm looking forward to the outcomes!
This semester at TCU my sophomore students are working on their first study of volumetric space by designing a contemporary adaptation of a Japanese Tea House. The image above is by student Sheridan Gabrisch. Sheridan actually proposed 2 different designs and constructed rough study models of both. She has since revised her design a third time! Way to go Sheridan. We will continue with this project while they learn perspective, sketching, collage and color theory.
My sophomore students will soon complete their present assignment and begin working on development of a light transmission, diffusing, and filtering device that we term a screen. I admit that I "borrowed" the idea from an architect friend of mine while teaching at Fallingwater. We have adapted it to be a 3D version however. This screen was made and designed by now junior level student Christina Castillo last fall. Look for what my sophomore students are working on now.
The screen below is by fellow junior Christina Montecalvo. Notice the woven quality.