Sunday, December 16, 2012

Pattern Design

A big compliment to my sophomore student and design assistant Christina Catterson for a job well done.  Check out her Illustrator designs for carpet!

Excellent work.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Finals AT TCU

I'm here at my office at TCU grading final projects, sketchbooks, research reports, programs, quizzes, color studies, etc. ....  The pile seems to be growing higher rather than getting smaller!!!

I think I might actually drown in all of this!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Thanksgiving Transformation

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!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Early Christmas

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!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Abstraction and Pattern

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!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Spatial Study: Japanese Tea House

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.

Light Filter

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.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Venice Biennale 2012

US Pavilion at the Venice Biennale

Sausalito-based design studio M-A-D has developed a graphic system of colors resembling a bar code, where the size of each strip represents the prevalence of a specific category in relation to the represented project: information (blue), accessbility (orange), community (pink), economy (light green), sustainability(dark green) and pleasure (blue). printed on suspended banners from an open scaffolding developed by freecell, each of the 124 projects hangs from a cable in an almost festival-like atmosphere where visitors can pull them down for a closer inspection, while a black square acting as a counterweight along the wall suggests a solution to the problem.

Friday, April 20, 2012

TCU Interior Design Senior Show

My senior students have been working on their capstone project involving the redevelopment of the Baker Hotel in Mineral Well, Texas. Come see about a dozen great ideas for ways the hotel could be utilized and brought back from dormancy.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Universal Design

Our client's kitchen has been thoughtfully redesigned. You may notice that all of the lower cabinets boast drawers instead of cabinet doors. Imagine the difficulty you might encounter trying to reach to the back of the lower cabinet if you are bound to a wheel chair or scooter. Our design brings the back of the cabinet to the front by pulling out a drawer. A simple but very effective solution.

Below you can see an image taken prior to our design and renovations - a marvelous transformation of the space for our client! The existing island did not allow enough passage space in front to the sink and the door at the far end needed to be widened to accommodate the width of a wheel chair. The vent hood dominated the space and was visually unattractive! We streamlined the design for both function and aesthetics.

National Conference on the Beginning Design Student

NCBDS - I recently returned from an amazing design conference held at Penn State. The creativity and advanced technologies that were utilized in beginning design studios was incredible. Perhaps most reassuring were the discussions I had with fellow design educators about the importance of hand sketching - decidely a low-tech operation. Those I spoke with agreed that not only does the act of sketching engage the hand and mind, but we agreed on three important reasons to draw by hand from observation.
1. Understanding - by drawing something you must look carefully and come to understand a thing's components and even its meaning.
2. Thinking - drawing is a visual expression of thought, a way to more concretely test new ideas and their validity - I say its speaking with a pencil.
3. Persuading - in design, it is not only important to develop an idea and make it real, but you must be able to convince others about the quality and worth of your proposed space. You can use the various forms of representational drawings as the means to explain spatial concepts.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Aging in Place Home

Check out the upcoming issue of Indulge magazine. Our project will be included in the pages.

We used a number of features throughout the home that ensure that our client will be able to live in this home even if she evenutlly requires using a wheel chair or scooter. Simple things like the pedestal base on the breakfast table allow a person with mobility impairment to roll right up to the table without encountering a table leg.

The entire house is beautiful but functional and adaptable for accessibility.

Look for more images soon!