Archive for the ‘Design’ Category

On the Road to LEED GA…

Photography: Eric Laignel & Envision

The collage above features photographs of the USGBC headquarters in Washington D.C. designed by Envision Design.

I am currently auditing a LEED class through Auburn University’s interior design program.  My goal is to register, study, and pass the LEED GA examination by the end of June 2010.

While researching the U.S. Green Building Council, I have become fascinated and inspired by their Washington D.C. headquarters, designed by Envision DesignMetropolis Magazine (June 2009) has made a very interesting case study out of the headquarters in Ultimate Client.  This article explores the intention and implementation of adapting reuse, local sourcing, and efficient use heating, cooling, and lighting.  The article gives graphic representations, explanation, and excellent photography of the completed space.  The USGBC headquarters is “the first commercial interior slated for Platinum under the organization’s revised certification program [ LEED 2009 Commercial Interiors]”.

Check it out: Ultimate Client

“The true sex appeal, of course, is in the
furnishings and finishes—the details
that make 2101 L Street the temple of
green design Fedrizzi so lusted after.”

Metropolis Magazine : The Ultimate Client : June 2009

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eBARRITO : A Store Made of Cardboard

Designer : Francesca Signori in Milan

“eBARRITO is a green-thinking brand that specializes in bags and leather accessories with100% Italian quality – its ecological integrity extends right through – even to how its sales outlets are built! They are made from specially carved and shaped cardboard.  The new eBARRITO stores consist of modular, double-pressed cardboard walls equipped with wavy-style shelving – an  effect achieved with interlocking tubular sections and modular lamps resembling bird-cages.

A fresh new ethical style with a strong visual impact created by the designer Francesca Signori for the Milan-based brand.

eBARRITO is full of hope for the future –  its new ethical approach and world made up of perceptions and sensations.”

FRANCESCA SIGNORI

View the eBarrito website. (awesome background music too…parlo l’italiano??? tutto va bene.)

Healthcare Design

I am currently in my senior thesis studio focusing on Institutional Design (in the interior design program at Auburn University).  We are designing a woman’s and children’s hospital.

In doing research, I have found inspiration through the partnering of Parsons The New School for Design and Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects on their Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC).  Below is a series of images that inspire me to create a hospital that supports human healing through a connection to nature and daylighting.  Find out more.

“The goal of the students’ work was to inspire options for chemotherapy suites for patients in a satellite outpatient center in Brooklyn.

“The goal for Parsons was to challenge the roles that interior designers can play in contemporary society by shaping the physical, emotional, and psychological experience for patients in ways that empower them.” _ Staff — Interior Design, 1/12/2010

Eric Malave: Waterfeature

Tracy Ong: Treatment Center

Wallpaper with Style

York Wallcovering : Boxwood

Linda Barker : Tempting

Basso & Brooke : Chinoise

Graham & Brown : Birdcage

Porter Teleo : Organic Organization

Delightful Wedding Invitations

Even though the wedding bells aren’t in my future,  Ello There makes my favorite invitations.  So clever! I absolutely love etsy.

This is some of the great things about them:

“We are one of Martha Stewart Weddings favorite Etsy sellers: marthastewartweddings.com

We print on a wind powered press.

We are offering free rounded corners on all invitations, if you like. ”

Girl Power : Design Ladies

This is my next read!

Women of Design: Influence and Inspiration from the Original Trailblazers to the New Groundbreakers

Book Review:

“A great overview of inspirational and interesting design that just happens to be authored by women. You’ll see and read about great work alongside the strongest advocates of design education of the past 2 decades. The individual interview questions are smart and revealing. I admit, I am in the book so I may be biased. But for me what was exciting was to learn about all the design I’ve admired and didn’t realize was done by a woman: Paulina Reyes super cool Target cups, Pamela Zucker’s sweet packaging for Paddywax candles and Barbara de Wilde’s inspiring and groundbreaking work with Martha Stewart Magazine to name just a few. Included are some of my design heros: Marian Bantjes, the Number 17 women, Ellen Lupton, Gail Anderson, Irma Boom and of course Paula Scher. Although this book is missing a few important women in design (and what overview would ever be complete?), I have enthusiastically recommended this book to all my students – male and female alike.”

Read more about this book…

Buy a copy for you or a friend Currently on sale for $16.50

The Ugly Betty Set

Interior Design Magazine features the beautiful set of Ugly Betty. Clearly don’t judge the set by the show name.

“A Mariette Himes Gomez sofa and Laura Kirar chairs in Wilhelmina’s home living room. Photo by Eric Laignel.”

Two of my favorite pieces…

Paolo Rizzatto Regina II Swivel Armchair

Sebastian Wrong Table Lamp

Find your favorite pieces or just check out Eric Laignel’s photography of the Ugly Betty Set

Feels good to be published…

I am  honored to be published in Auburn University’s Circle Magazine. I had three photographs from my travels abroad and five perspectives published in the Fall 2009 issue. Click below to see them all…

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