24 July 2015

paper + cut

It's no secret we're fans of the mid-century modern style so it was only natural we fell in love with these mid-century modern collages by Lucy Williams. The attention to detail is absolutely incredible and we almost did a double take to make sure some of these weren't photographs! Click here to see more of her amazing work!

17 July 2015

One Ring to Rule them All

A cool concept we discovered this week is the Iron Ring. Apparently, Canadian-trained engineers receive a ring at the end of their training as a symbol of the responsibilities and ethics associated with their work. Conceptually, the ring is to serve as a reminder of the high standards engineers are held to but our question is... what do the architects get?

Maybe we should start our own tradition.

Anyway, we're very lucky to work with a great team of structural engineers so ring or no ring, we love working with you guys:

Brett and the crew at Swenson Say Faget
Mark Speidel and Victor Martinez at I.L. Gross

10 July 2015

Treehouses for Adults

Being the from the Pacific Northwest, we have a solid appreciation for nature and being outdoors. That's why we love these amazing designs found on Archilovers. These super cool designs are definitely inspiring for spending time outdoors during the summer and they are a far cry from what you'd expect from a backyard treehouse!

26 June 2015

Napkin Sketches

As you might expect from architects, we tend to be big fans of doodling. The NewSchool and San Diego American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) took doodles one step further by collecting sketches from some of the most respected architects in the world for a fundraiser to provide scholarships and programs for architecture students. It's awesome to see something as simple as a sketch go toward furthering education! See more sketches here.

19 June 2015

Mirror Labyrinth NY

New York's Brooklyn Bridge Park is offering whimsical and interactive installations as part of an exhibition by Public Art Fund. This exhibit encourages viewers to touch, walk through, and engage with the art, allowing viewers to overcome the typical distance expected at venues like a museum. In addition to the Mirror Labyrinth featured above, the exhibition includes Appearing Rooms, a room enclosed by walls made of jets of water, and several unique park benches. Read more about the project here!

12 June 2015

Pull Some Strings

This week we're loving this installation by Atelier YokYok at St. Stephen's Cathedral in Cahors, southwest France. Called Les Voûtes Filantes, or The Shooting Vaults, this stunning installation was created by stretching blue string between different thin metal arch frames typical of Gothic architecture to echo the style of the cathedral. The strings merge into the shapes of the arches, creating beautiful tunnels that are a whimsical play on light and space. Read more about the project here!

05 June 2015

First Thursday Art Walk


This past Thursday, we participated in Pioneer Square's First Thursday Art Walk for the second time and it was a blast. We hosted Seattle based artist and illustrator Arica Schuett, who focuses primarily on people. Her pieces are unique and vibrant and this collection in particular, was a glimpse into the merits of spending time as an observer of society. 

We're participating every other month so mark your calendars for August 6th and check out our Facebook page for more details about the artist and upcoming events!

22 May 2015

Micro-apartment in Berlin

It's easy to feel like a victim of sensory overload these days when our phones are constantly being bombarded with notifications and we spend the majority of our days staring at brightly lit screens, overexposed to colors and visually over-stimulating images. So sometimes, seeing a minimalist space, like this apartment in Berlin, exercising restraint in design, is just as interesting and compelling as a space with crazy, intricate details. We love the deliberate use of proportions to work with the small area of the apartment as well as space-saving solutions like a staircase that provides enough room for a bookcase if needed. See more of the project here.

15 May 2015

GN Apartment

This week, we've fallen completely in love with this stunning apartment in Brazil. The views, the art, and the antique furniture in the modern space are all spectacular. But it's probably just as well this apartment isn't ours because if it was, we might just never leave! Read more about the project here.

08 May 2015

Reduce, Reuse, RECLAIM

One of our favorite things is to find reclaimed furniture and use it in our modern spaces. As much as we appreciate a good, sturdy piece of mass produced furniture from a certain Swedish retailer, there's just something to be said about finding a vintage piece full of character and history. We especially love looking for fabulous lighting pieces, trim, or wooden doors. And even if there isn't a particular piece we fall in love with, shopping for reclaimed furniture is a huge source of inspiration for textures and tiles. Here's are just a few things Shannon found on her recent shopping expedition for one of our restaurant projects!