Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Monticello + Fallingwater Trip: Sketches.

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

Fallingwater: parti

Fallingwater: exterior

Fallingwater: exterior

Monticello: Interior

Monticello: interior

Monticello: interior of foyer

Monticello: exterior

Fallingwater and Monticello Trip: Photos.

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:

 Fallingwater with its modern innovations and blend of land and building:

Monday, April 21, 2014

Masked Identity.

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.

After studying the Mayans, I moved onto making my own creation story and body "covering." My creation story I involves heavy Christian themes by naming the creator as the "author" of our stories. I say that he "knows our beginning and our end" before we are even born and writes our stories (and carries them out) through the help of three different types of living-angels. For humans, if we can listen to the guidance of the living angels we will be freed from earthly life and assume the roles of the living angels. My iteration for my garment is pictured above with three layers representing the types of angels as well as the lose "script" along the edges as a nod to the writing of our stories.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

HPMKT: Spring.

Swaim Showroom
My trip to High Point Market was a vibrant one! I loved the use of color this spring. 
DellaRobbia Showroom
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! 
I was on love with Leif Petersen's timeless yet modern designs. 
This moving panel sofa seemed easy and innovative. 
This dining set was my absolute favorite! 
This desk reminds me of folded paper.
They still had my favorite reversible chair! 
Washi-tape art at a showroom I can't remember the name of is similar to what I did to my studio desk;)
Classic pin stripe shirting sheets from Peacock Alley...I almost bought some because I have a serious textile/bedding addiction. 
HPMKT selfie.
Moroccan rugs at Tufinkian. Ahhhhh...
This 70s design of a folding sling chair has been revisited by Brown Jordan. 
Brown Jordan also sells EcoSmart fires - clean burning pop-in fire places and outdoor fires. This is one of their new designs. The sloping of the body helps throw heat out into the space. The construction of this is different in that you can pop it into a wall without having to specifically trim it out. That makes it extremely easy! 
I'll leave you with this fun paper cup art I walked by- so easy to do - I can't wait for a reason to try something similar! 

The biggest trends I noticed were: 
Geometric Angled table bases
See-through glass tables with exposed gears
Chinese accents re-interpreted 

Novem Mason Symposium

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. 
On Thursday we went to different lectures thought the morning.
The first I went to was Stoel discussing sustainable practice in furniture design. I loved that his chairs are not only inspired by the past, his method for making them was as well.
I didn't know our department used to be "Home Economics"! 
Next up was Design + Craft - an exhibit and discussion by Doug and Dickie.  This talk was intriguing because we all seemed to feel strongly about the ongoing question of where do fine art and design meet and become one? What defines craft? They are all entwined and all play a part in the other (in this day and age). 
This is Dickie showing live binding on a wooden "book". 
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

Workplace Design

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.

This building uses the shape of a leaf like we kept trying to, but does it in a way that wouldn't be discernible to those in the building. I love and appreciate seeing a hand rendering like this especially from such a forward thinking firm. 

Friday, March 7, 2014

CC-ED: Final Presentations.

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. 
One of the main negative responses to our plan was the amount of open space we left. While it was purposeful (to promote collaboration) I do see an opportunity for us to explore bringing back some elements we previously discussed such as a moving divider or at least one stationary dividing panel by the director's office (see far left corner). Our team loved the central lounge area with Eames rocking chairs as a way to promote both 'play' in the work place (a key step in the creative process). 
I included smaller "zoomed in" looks at the parts of the space the other members sketched. For example, in this image above I rendered a woman working in a rocker and at the lower left corner, a close up of the texture of linen on the upholstered pin up wall (that we would hide storage behind). 
Here's Nishira doing a great job holding up one of our plans;) All in all I would say I am very pleased with how our team worked together. This project also made me more aware of public interest design as a whole; something I find truly intriguing. I am excited to see plans for the center continue to unfold and for our university to embark on such a meaningful journey within Greensboro and the surrounding communities.