Beautiful day for a site visit….

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August 31, 2017 construction progress photo for a new 250-bed adult and 12-bed adolescent facility designed for the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York and the New York State Office of Mental Health. ARIG provided interior design services for this 243,000 square foot, six-story, facility. Visit the project page to find out more about this project and the design team.

It must be fun?

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https://arigdesigngroup.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Micheles-1st-job..m4v This movie/slideshow features me 1 during the early days of my first job as an interior designer at Ryan & Williams- “the office professionals”, the Buffalo NY designated Haworth dealer at the time. Fresh out of school, I knew I had a lot to learn and I was very shy. The ongoing joke was I did not speak a word that first year. But I was a good listener, worked hard and learned quickly. It wasn’t long before I was tasked with a 350-workstation space planning project. The initial space plan was produced by the architect who designed the […]

Football to Design…

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Former NFL player, Terry Crews currently known for playing Terry Jeffords, the police sergeant on the sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine is also a talented furniture designer bringing new ideas to lounge furniture produced by Bernhardt Design. This collection, shown in the above image, was on display at the 2017 International Contemporary Furniture Fair in NYC. That is me in the crazy trousers, I am not looking at my phone, I am reading the product information card!

Staying Power

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This 2011 Point Stripe by Paul Smith for Maharam looks as fresh today as it did six years ago! 

Green

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A row house located on 51st Street caught my eye. It appears to have a glazed facade behind a full height combination screen and green wall containing punched rectangular openings and cascading ivy. A full height narrow glass lite is visible on the right. 

Design + Entertainment

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ICFF, the 30th annual Contemporary Furniture & Design exhibition and talks at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center NYC. Four days, 165,000 idea filled square feet for interior designers, architects, retailers, representatives, distributors, facility managers, developers, manufacturers, store designers, and visual merchandisers and open to the public on the 4th day. Registration opens January 2018 for next year.

Walking Paris

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I think I have mentioned before that I love Paris! I have visited the city many times and dropped by the usual tourist destinations like the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay. Once inside after waiting online, reality sets in… it would take days to see all that is offered. On our latest trip an effort was made to not let those precious few hours slip away….. waiting. We decided to walk, talk, eat, relax, walk some more, talk and eat again.  We roamed the Paris streets, but this time included planned, liesurely  stops for lunch and dinner at well researched […]

Sir Paul Smith

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I received a book titled Hello, My Name is Paul Smith for Christmas and I could not put it down until I finished reading it from cover to cover. Sir Paul Smith generously shares his backstory about his journey from opening one small shop in Nottingham, England to becoming an international presence in the design world today. The book is beautifully illustrated, including much of his own photography and it is an inspiration for those seeking to learn more about the business of design. His design focus originally was men’s fashion, establishing his first store in 1970 and in my opinion waited […]

Illuminating Fashion

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When I passed by this shop early in the day my eye was originally drawn to the jacket with the red collar and cuffs. I took a double take later that evening on the way to dinner.  The illuminated dresses provide the only lighting for this shop at night highlighting the sheer, delicate nature of the fabrics. This creative, whimsical display takes on a completely different look at night than by day. The shop can be found on the Rue Christine in Paris, France.  

Modular Evolution

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Gilbert Rhode Dressing Table, designed for Herman Miller c.1940 Photo Credit: Toomey Galleries   Gilbert Rhode Clock, 1933 Photo Credit: Toomey Galleries George Nelson and Charles & Ray Ames, are the talented industrial designers credited with the development of the classic designs that continue to be a part of Herman Miller’s product line to this day. However another man who walked into DJ De Pree’s showroom one day in 1931 became the man to create the modular designs for Herman Miller that are considered to be the first systems approach to office furniture. The seeds for Rhode’s modern approach to […]