Retro 70’s…

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Maharam's Stripe, designed by Alexander Girard in 1973 paired with complimentary colors from a retro, 21st century palette anchored by 2017 Mixed Stripe wallcovering designed by Paul Smith, befitting his penchant for stripes and creative, retro designs, clearly a nod to Mr. Girard and the 1970's..

Also...checkout The "Stripe" Shop on Floral Street in London, one of Paul's many shops around the world, all uniquely themed.

The Big Picture

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The entire South Beach PC campus occupies 45 acres on Staten Island with a project area of approximately 9 acres including existing buildings to the northwest and west, wetlands to the north and a close property line to the south east. This enlarged plan illustrates the connection between the new South Beach PC Residential Building (upper righthand corner) and existing buildings to the west and northwest. Please visit the interior design project page for more information.

Dix-Sept Onze

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It has been many years since I watched the movie DIVA, but I have always remembered the character Alba roller skating in a very cool industrial loft space. That was when I owned a pair of roller blades, however I had not mastered the art of stopping. Watching the movie, I thought how great it would be to rollerblade within the confines of a spacious loft space and not worry about hills, curves and other obstacles. Hold that thought.

My husband and I own a small summer car that we have been storing in a friend’s garage on Grand Island where each spring we retrieve the car only to find the battery will not hold a charge. After determining the car needed to be trickle charged we began the search for an inexpensive garage space with a power outlet, maybe a small ranch, a carriage house, an abandoned car repair shop or maybe a tiny warehouse. 

We investigated the options only to find there were none until we spotted this old industrial building. It was larger than what we were looking for, but it had two garage doors and as an interior designer and architect respectively, we were curious to see the building in person. We contacted the listing realtor and met him at the site. After scoping out the first floor we proceeded up the stairs to the second floor. We took a few steps into the space and immediately glanced at each other, but said nothing. Driving back to our office we relayed our impressions to each other... large windows! bright expansive space! 15’ high ceilings! and great character! It's a wreck! We decided to put in an offer, but not get our hopes up, as we felt it was a long shot.

To make a long story short, we are now the proud owners of this building and we have some great ideas spinning around in our creative minds. Stay tuned for updates when we firm up our plans. In the meantime, I think I will check to see if I still have my rollerblades!

Note: This is not our first restoration, read about our year 2000 purchase and restoration of 505 Franklin Street!

A very long plan !

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You have goals to reach, activities to achieve and need a work environment to sustain the momentum. Workplace environments should be creative, efficient, functional, safe and productive, supporting your future vision. A workplace revolves around the tasks needed to be accomplished each day. ARIG will plan your space logically and simply with extreme functionality.

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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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 building. It was determined that the layout as designed did not fit. The architect did not allow for "panel creep", the fractions of an inch that add up over a long span of workstations. With few options and little time, I was given the opportunity to come up with a workable plan. I was able to deliver and the client was very happy.

I have been in the business of design for longer than I will admit here. My experience is varied. Furniture dealerships brought a vendor/contractor point of view, banking facilities department as the end user/client, architectural firms where I gained great knowledge of construction and of course interior design.

The interior design profession is often romanticized in film and literature and many people remark to me that it must be fun to do what I do and I do enjoy it. Selecting colors, furniture and artwork is probably what most view as the “fun” part. In addition, an understanding of construction is at the top of the list. We also must have a broad familiarity with mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems and telecommunications technology. The ability to interpret and apply an expansive range of codes applicable to our designs and specifications including all local and state building, fire, life safety and health codes, ADA guidelines and environmental impact is part of the day to day design process. The documentation is detailed, tedious and necessary.

We are responsible for monitoring our client’s established budget through the life of a project, making recommendations, including review of competitive bid results and contractor’s payment application submissions for possible discrepancies, errors and/or omissions.

We are legally responsible for our work and Professional Liability Insurance is a required expense and as you probably guessed, it is not inexpensive.

NCIDQ stands for The National Council for Interior Design Qualification. This organization is responsible for the formulation and administration of the qualifying examination for all interior designers. The successful completion of this exam is a requirement to become a New York State Certified (CID) Interior Designer meeting the requirements prescribed by law to practice interior design in New York state.

I do not test well and will never forget my first NCIDQ exam experience. With little time left the proctor passed by and said, “that’s a nice blank sheet of paper”.  Of course, I did not pass. The proctor’s statement sticks in my mind to this day and happily it motivated me to try again. The second time, I successfully completed and passed the exam. I am a New York State Certified Interior Designer and the owner of a Woman Owned Business Enterprise.

I am fortunate to have worked with great clients, both end users and as a sub-consultant to architects. I am selective in project type and work with people that have a strong appreciation for the interior designer’s role. A sense of humor is a big plus also.

The tangible is usually the focus, but the intangible is most important. Creating an environment that reflects a compelling culture that produces a positive influence on employee recruitment, employee retention and customer satisfaction. The end result of any design leaves a lasting impression for a very long time and it is our responsibility to provide excellent, professional design services to our clients. That’s what keeps them coming back!

My last word today on the subject of design is COMMUNICATE OFTEN, it is key to the success of a project and….keep smiling!

1- In the first image you will see I am wearing jeans, a rare occurrence. The business was located at 82 Pearl Street in a 4-story building, former home of C.H.Utley Piano and soon to be apartments today. The office supply inventory was located on the 3rd floor and the furniture on the 4th floor. It is evening and we are sitting on the 2nd floor showroom "chair bar" taking a break from our yearly task of inventory. I was in charge of furniture and it was quite dusty on the 4th floor!

Photos: long lost then found...courtesy of the Martin J. Murrett family.

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!