Set Design

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During a recent tour of the National Theatre in London with the University of Syracuse School of Architecture we were fortunate to view this amazing space, one of many utilized for set design. The building houses three separate theaters. We learned a portion of the stage in the main auditorium, The Olivier Theatre, is circular and split in two allowing it to rotate 5-stories below the stage and quickly rotates back in place for seamless set changes.

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!