Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Fallingwater: small window in bedroom
Fallingwater: master bedroom rendered
Fallingwater: exterior rendered
Fallingwater: motif from rug
Fallingwater: sculpture from patio
Fallingwater: interior and caption *my favorite ideal of FLW
Monticello: interior of foyer
Our studio visited Fallingwater in Ohiopyle, PA and Monticello in VA a few weeks ago. This was the highlight of this semester. Enjoy some shots of the exteriors of both places.
Monticello in all it's neoclassical glory:
Monday, April 21, 2014
This is a mask I made after studying the Mayan culture.
Specifically, I looked at the Mayan death rituals. What struck me about their culture was their blessing rituals over the dead. They truly wanted their dead to have a continued, special journey through the afterlife. Jade and maize were made into masks for the dead to serve as sustenance and currency for the new world. I made the mask pictured above as an exploration into this idea. It came at an appropriate time (this project) because I recently lost my cousin to epilepsy. The idea of blessing those you've lost is seething that certainly crosses cultural barriers.
Sunday, April 6, 2014
My trip to High Point Market was a vibrant one! I loved the use of color this spring.
As always, I was impressed with the quality of Della Robbia's sofas and sectionals. They are celebrating 35 years and had the cutest cards!
The biggest trends I noticed were:
Geometric Angled table bases
See-through glass tables with exposed gears
Chinese accents re-interpreted
This past week at school, we honored Novem Mason and Mary Miller. This meant an in-depth look at platonic forms and color in the weeks leading up to their symposium. The picture above is my team's installation on the ground floor entrance. We wanted the stained-glass effect and used cellophane to achieve this. the platonic shapes hang on an invisible fishing wire; shifting and throwing shadows onto the hallway during different times of the day depending on the sunlight.
Lastly, I listened to Tommy and Tina talk about design failures and daylight in spaces. Tommy's PowerPoint and encouraging words helped further my understanding of why my iterations and failed attempts are beneficial to who I am as a designer. The more I have tried,the more I will know not to do or vice versa. You can't be afraid of messing up, only of never trying.
Tina's examples of student research on daylight had my head spinning with ideas! Daylight is crucial to the environment you create. I really could relate to her explanation of some decorators / designers going into a space that has been constructed already. She said when this happens they are less likely to take daylight into consideration. I've been there! For the sake of time I've put reviewing daylight on the back burner in many a case - unless I've been installing shades. I think this talk alone is having me re-consider a lot of decisions I've made in past designs.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
I just saw this post by James Law Cybertecture on social media. I thought it was an interesting look at sustainable design as well as workplace precedents. Even though we are well past our Design Center project, I am still considering what would have made our design more effective.
Friday, March 7, 2014
This week we sat through critiques on our designs for the proposed Center for Community Engaged Design that will be located within our department. Seen above is the team next to mine and Stoel giving some pointers.
This is my team, T3N Concepts', concept board. What was so great about my team was that all of our initial percent choices had things in common (or in some cases we picked the same images!). As we worked through many iterations we were able to narrow down to the favorites shown here.
Our precedents all involved natural light, leafy plants and curvilinear furniture. A lot of the finishes were white, translucent glass, or natural woods. While our earlier floor plans involved a lot more plants-in-furniture, our final plans above show more simplistic pieces and only a plant wall installation.