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Sharing Design Images, Ideas, and information can take many formats and directions.  Applied design concepts are experiential, as well.  Sometimes a review of the experience or objective may be informative in the Design Share.  When interior and or architecture effectively applies design concepts the palette, texture, arrangement, detail and illumination of a space help to create the composition which is experienced.
We don't want to make the Design Share blog experience too heady or complex.   We hope you enjoy the variety and content – it’s nice to share it.    <   WELCOME Aboard!  ...
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Whether a design project involves a remodel, new construction, interior modification, change in use of a space, improvements to the site, and/or aesthetic changes – we strive to accomplish specific goals in every design project.

What occurs in many projects is something which, if handled well is not a big deal.  Colleagues in the Design Industry tend to agree that one of the best ways to...
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Lady Gaga had formal classical training prior to her expressive launch as a performer.  Often the training and talented background of many artists may not be apparent in comparison to later works. 
In a close up of the pastel one can see a skillful build up of the cheek and a use of texture to create a portrait that almost has a 3-D quality to it.  Last hint - this was done in 1938.
Contact us if you want to know which cubist did this (...ah we're giving it away)

   
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Different textures as seen through our eyes engage our senses and convey the feel of a space.  The level of formality or hospitality is often conveyed subliminally in the same way.  
Examples here illustrate very different approaches and formats.  Notice how natural or artificial light informs and formats one's perspectives of the textured surfaces shown. 
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form: Curves

Repetition of form or shape can create balance, order and in the attached images – graceful and a voluptuous visual presence. The forms of course are functional acoustically and in the engineering of the built forms.  These are examples from renowned architect Zaha Hadid who has repeatedly generated amazing and beautiful structuresForm may follow function but consider the artistry of housing function within such fluid forms - inspired!
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The aphorism is one of the most used (and abused) in design and architecture. Detlef Mertins, author of an exceptional monograph on the master architect, reveals how it came about and what it meant to him.



As far as architectural aphorisms go, Mies van der Rohe's 'Less is More' seems to succinctly define a modernist ethic. What's less well known however is that van der Rohe wasn’t actually...
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The rhythm of natural light, placement of walls and furnishings and access spatially or psychologically to the outside expand our experience and inform us of our surroundings.
The path is either implied or clearly defined.  We feel most comfortable when a space or a series of spaces are understandable and intuitive to us. 
These images demonstrate different levels of visual or actual access to the outside.  There are some similarities in the contrast between the open vistas outside opposed to solid interior walls.  Background + Foreground / Solid + Open / we are figuratively and visually...
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Imagine - You live near the equator and the recent hurricane has passed.  As part of the remnants of the storms are trees without leaves, structures without walls; the power is off, water is not available. and the sun beats down.  This is not the Caribbean post card resort experience - this is life and survival after the (most recent) storm.
The sun beating down is a mixed blessing when connected to solar technology.  So today we take a departure from design which often focuses on the aesthetic experience.  Today we look at how design and implementation of technology can help.  Impactful...
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As a design firm we recently had the challenge and opportunity to determine a plan to redesign our website and social media platform.  It can be daunting even in the design arena, since we had specific desired outcomes in mind: To be understandable and accessible to others (By being so close to projects it can be difficult to be objective in this matter so candid and professional outside input helps a lot)To favorably present recent project examples To retain a clean aesthetic with warmth To set up a web format which allows for text and image updates  
These steps might be helpful...
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Site & Building Harmony - the Salk Institute in San Diego (prior to a subsequent addition) has complete symmetry which provides a forced perspective.  Accessible water element nearby and vast ocean beyond creates poetic link. The play of natural light on these forms is beautiful. 


This post could equally be posted as a celebration of and the skillful use of concrete as a material.  The...
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