Convert exist'g dead space into functional 2 person office. Convert storage area into bedroom & find a place for all their belongings.
Exercise simplicity while maintaining interest. Use natural, 'off the shelf,' materials in functional, easy to assemble ways.
Convert existing corporate luncheon space to accessible, comfortable (& profitable) lounge space. Attract new clientele.
Destroy stuffy - create comfy! Started by asking, 'WHY?,' in regards to seating groups & personal interactions. The idea that a small group of friends can mix w/another small group of friends. Or if they didn't want to, they didn't have to - they could still feel as comfortable in public as they did in their own living room. The space is a mix of larger seating groups, intermingled w/ smaller seating as well as an area of moveable furniture for the inhabitants to create their own seating groups as they see fit.
While working for this Maritime interior design firm, I was lucky enough to be involved in many great projects, including The Reflection Suite, aboard a Royal Carribean Cruise Ship. This project recently received the SBID International Award.
For Philip Toscano, Architects
Mixed-use commercial, community facility & residential condo development. Selected for display @ New York Society of Architects 100 year anniversayr party. Currently under construction.
Socrates Sculpture Park Entry
Some select slides from my Folly Competition entry.
'Folly,' is a term to describe an architectural sculpture. My idea was '#frame,' - an interactive sculpture that also reflected /utilized today's social networking interactions. The inspiration was classical picture frames combined with wood joinery techniques.
As someone personally affected by Hurricane Sandy, I felt the need to help out in anyway that I could. I saw a major flaw in the immediate rebuilding process. That flaw being that people's homes & lives were being rebuilt according to a contractor's budget and time, and not to the needs of the people themselves. Along the way I saw a lot of dangerous building conditions, disgusting price-gouging, and people being contracted into things they necessarily might not have understood.
The overall inspiration for the project was to turn a bad situation into a good situation. The idea that people could rebuild their homes into the home they had always wanted, as opposed to a cheap reminder of a hard time. Using social media, I tried to solicit as many building questions as I could from people who were rightfully frustrated and tired. I would walk through peoples homes and give free professional advice as to what people should expect throughout their rebuilding process - whether from a contractor, or local building departments.
The Toy Building
320,000 s.f. of boutique condo units located in Manhattan’s Flatiron District. Design, coordination & construction of boutique public and private projects. Managed design and consultation teams.
Select slides from my winning entry for a church conversion commission. Located in downtown Toronto, the concept was based around interchangeable intimate arrangements organized throughout the space. The flip-up tables allowed for the dinnertime crowd to give way to a late night party.