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.

The Blog is Back

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The ARIG blog was temporarily closed in 2013 after updating our website with a new template the post layouts were jumbled and not easily fixed.
A short time later a good thing happened-- we were selected for a number of interior planning and design projects.
We have been working hard behind the scenes this year hoping to bring the blog back.
Some of the old posts are back and will be joined with new posts very soon!
It's a work in progress, so please be patient, we have many big ideas that we would love to share with you!

Streets of San Francisco

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Artist Jay Malone

San Francisco by Jay Malone of Buffalo NY
If you dined at the former Martin Cooks on Connecticut Street in Buffalo New York you might have spotted this painting of a street in San Francisco. The depth of perspective and play of heavy texture against the darkness with hints of illumination from the windows, street lights and automobiles immediately draws you in. Each time my husband and I visited for a very enjoyable meal we would stop and stare for a moment. One day we inquired about the artist and if there was any possibility he would be will to sell this captivating work of art. As you might have guessed the answer was yes and it is now hanging at the top of our bedroom stairway on the only large wall in our home. We love our open floor plan, but it does limit our ability to hang wonderful pieces of art like this one.

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 dining spots.

We had a great time and our good decision to view Paris from a different perspective was reinforced as we passed by the long lines at the usual tourist attractions.

The image above is on the grounds of the Musée du quay Branly, recommended as a must see by a friend. It is known in English as the Quai Branly Museum, nicknamed MQB. The building was designed by Jean Nouvel with extensive gardens and green walls designed by Gilles Clément and Patrick Blanc. The museum features indigenous art, cultures and civilizations from Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas. We will make an attempt to see the interior exhibits on our next trip to Paris!

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 far too long to launch his first women's collection in 1993. He is a keen observer and photographer and has collaborated with the likes of British car brand Mini, Mercian Cycles, Burton Snowboards, Leica Cameras and Maharam Fabric Corporation to name a few.

Paul Smith shops and interiors are designed in-house following Paul Smith's vision that all of the shops should look different and not be formula driven.

If you have not visited a Paul Smith shop it should be added to your list of things you must do. The shops are welcoming and not just about fashion. You will see interesting objects and artwork that Paul Smith has been collecting and photographing everyday of his life.

Personal Space

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A discussion I had yesterday with a colleague of mine about the "office of the future" brought back memories of the Fisher Price Team Building project that I was fortunate to have been involved in way back in 1993. The project team consisted of the Architect, Construction Manager, Owner and Furniture Dealer. At the time I headed up the Design Department for the Furniture Dealer and we were charged with planning the interiors for this truly innovative building.

As part of the initial research and planning we mocked up a team area for the Juvenile Products Team. Part of the plan was a new product at the time called the Personal Harbor, which can be seen in one of my original development sketches at left. The Personal Harbor was installed as part of the team mockup for the highest level position going into the building, a Sr. Vice President. As the story goes, the VP closed the sliding door for privacy and when he tried to open it, it would not open, he was trapped. Needless to say, this product was not used in the final building space plan design.


The Personal Harbor was developed using video taped studies to determine how people work rather than the usual programming process that involves interviewing people to understand their workplace needs. The result was a self-contained 48 square foot workspace, meeting ADA guidelines. The workspace included a sliding curved door for privacy, ceiling, lighting, airflow and it was relatively easy to relocate.

When I mentioned this product to my colleague, who is a bit younger than me, he had not heard of it. And as I continued to think about it, I realized I had not heard of it since that project. I decided to look it up on the web and I found the above photo included in the Steelcase Timeline stating the Personal Harbor had won the 1995 Gold Industrial Design Excellence Award (IDEA).

Looking at this image today, I wonder if it might be time to take another look at the Personal Harbor as it might fit into the "office of the future".




Falling Water?

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We are all familiar with Falling Water, a remarkable residence in Bear Run, Pennsylvania designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.  Artist Jason Middlebrook's take on Falling Water represents the artist's fascination with the earth's environment and the human effect juxtaposed with Wright's vision of living in harmony with nature. This is a gigantic mobile fountain which at first glance appears to be made of stone, but in actuality it is constructed primarily of styrofoam.

Falling Water by Middlebrook is another great example of the exhibits you will find at MASS MoCA, this was the perfect venue for artistic work of this scale.

Charles Pollock

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1930 – 2013

Very sad to read in the NY Times yesterday that Charles Pollock perished in a fire at his Queens studio on August 20, 2013.

A talented, mid-century furniture designer and artist in the news more recently with the release of the newly designed CP chair commissioned by Bernhardt Design which was posted here last November.

This is a video produced by Bernhardt Design last year that highlights his life and talent.