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Design Inspiration at the Met

October 14, 2016

The latest AIA survey on design revenue not only shows that firms are busy, but that they are growing.  The latest wave of expansion has led to more hiring, busier weeks, and less down time.  With so much to do and so little time, finding inspiration in our daily grind can often be challenging.  A recent visit to the Met reminds us that there are those who have taken our discipline far beyond that of a service and elevated it to a level of art that is truly worthy of admiration.  Below are just a few examples:

A Stair Hall Designed by McKim Meade and White

Window Panels by Louis Comfort Tiffany

A Stair Hall from the Chicago Stock Exchange by Louis Sullivan

A work table from Tiffany Studios showing a lamp form with a shade under construction

Illuminated Armor for a Knight and his horse (not a building material but amazing metalwork just the same)

The Metropolitan Museum is open 7 days a week and located on 5th Avenue and 81st street in NYC.

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Havwoods Engineered Flooring - LA Loft

September 26, 2016

KKAD was engaged to make some minor upgrades to a loft in the Eastern Columbia Building in Downtown LA.  The building is one of Downtown’s Art Deco treasures and has public areas conceived by noted Designer Kelly Wearstler.

The Client asked KKAD how best to upgrade the space without doing any ‘real construction’ given that the unit came with concrete floors and painted walls throughout.

KKAD developed a multi-phase solution including re-facing of kitchen cabinets, new bathroom tile and a new engineered hardwood floor.  Given that the unit has no walls, it was important that the floor be rich in character yet be thin enough to install on top of the existing concrete.  During the effort to find the right product KKAD came across an international flooring provider looking to expand into the North American market.  The England Based company called Havwoods has been operating in the European Market for decades.  The product selected was an engineered reclaimed herringbone wood floor that is unique to the market in that it has all of the detail our team was looking for while hitting the client’s desired budget.  Havwoods makes more than two dozen varieties of herringbone and chevron patterns in varies wood species and finishes.  The variety we selected (below) is sure to provide warmth and depth to the Loft while setting the groundwork for a massive reveal later this year.  Stay tuned for final photos in the coming months.

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City Scene 2016

September 15, 2016

On Tuesday night Hospitality Design Magazine hosted their annual City Scene cocktail hour at the newest boutique hotel in Brooklyn - The William Vale in Williamsburg.  The hotel is a modern architectural tower where every guestroom has a balcony and breathtaking views.  The Interior Design was executed by Alessandro Munge and his team out of Toronto and feature thoughtful detailing throughout.  Our team was on hand to experience the property and were lucky enough to snag a personal tour with Alessandro as he walked us through the challenges and victories of achieving his vision.   Much of the interiors were fabricated in Portugal which yielded a very high level of craftsmanship in the casework and fixtures.  The marble that graces the public areas came from quarries in Italy and random sizes were used to be more economical while achieving a luxurious look.   The hotel features a mix of beautiful indoor and outdoor space including a rooftop Airstream trailer serving burgers two stories above the street.  The guest quarters are modest but well-appointed with panoramic views making the spaces feel much larger than they actually are.   The William Vale is one of the few hotels that successfully marries modern design with the warmth of a personal residence.   Congratulations to Alessandro and his team for a job well done.

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Boutique Design Summer Forum Recap

August 3, 2016

While it was raining in NJ, a group of Hospitality Industry professionals descended on Sonoma, CA for the annual Boutique Design Summer Forum held from July 27-29 at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission and Spa.  The three-day conference is a mix of industry round tables and intense ‘educational’ sessions where attendees learn about the local economy.   For those who are fortunate enough, a breakout session might end up at the famous ‘El Molino’ which provides top notch Mexican food to those worn weary from the heat.   All in all, another great year and special thanks to Boutique Design Magazine for pulling off this epic event.

View from the Mountaintop at Kunde Winery


Road Warriors at the famous El Molino