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Emily C. Blystone Design Portfolio

Retail 3

Fabrication 9

Residential 18

Healthcare 26

Corporate 32

Hospitality 38



Women’s Specialty Suit Retailer Scope: Through adaptive reuse, transform the existing given structure into a retail space. The concept form the wall structure had to remain the same, and elements from the wall needed to be incorporated. Interior Design Studio II, Detail and Fabrication: Spring 2017

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Doyenne - a woman who is the most respected person in a particular field Dione - Greek Titaness, Mother of Aphrodite Venus Venus is bright enough to be seen in a clear midday sky, and because of this has been of great importance in mythology. The Roman goddess Venus is associated with the planet, and the astrological symbol for Venus is used to represent the female sex. The unique nature of Venus is what makes it the perfect symbol for womanhood. It is the only planet to be thought of as “female�. Therefore the design embodies both traditional soft feminine features, as well as, stronger aspects of femininity through lines, forms, and textures. The design does not market to a specific age, race, belief system, or level of ability but would provide for all types of woman. The empowerment represented by Venus epitomizes the essence of a women's suit retailer.


Incorporating the Wall: The form of the wall is carried through in both the display shelves and clothing racks. The water feature is placed in the far-right room, and it highlights that the space holds the specialty and custom fits. Materials that were carried over include: ferrock, recycled aluminum glass, the reflective yarn, and the LED embedded sheets.


Services Offered:


- personal shopper

- 3D body scanner

- dry cleaning

- collects and distributes clothing donations

- custom tailoring

- offers monthly classes in career training

- rentals

Sherwin Williams 2018 SDC Submission: Cayenne Venus is covered with orange-red lava, and this color was chosen to mimic that intensity. In fashion, red is a power color that asserts confidence and strength. It was placed on the back wall of the first room to declare this to patrons. Faint Coral This blush hue represents femininity and beauty. It is also seen as a universally flattering color, and it was used in the fitting rooms so that women could see their own true beauty while trying on garments. Really Teal Venus was born when she emerged from the sea, and teal symbolizes this. It also provides contrast against the fiery red elements. Applying it to the walls at either end of the space encourages customers to move into those areas. Really Teal SW 6489, 171-C7

Faint Coral SW 6329, 268-C5

Faint Coral SW 6329, 268-C5

Cayenne SW 6881, 118-C7

Really Teal SW 6489, 171-C7

Really Teal SW 6489, 171-C7

Faint Coral SW 6329, 268-C5




Independent Wall Structure Scope: Create a wall structure that included a door, window, water feature HVAC, and a staircase. Use a driving concept and biomimicry to develop the individual features as well as create an inclusive deign. Interior Design Studio II, Detail and Fabrication: Spring 2017


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Implementing the Concept: The curved forms are derived from both the astrological symbol and the planets orbit. Ferrock, a concrete product with iron dust added, forms the main structure, and represents Venus’ color and composition. The water feature is embedded into the ground, depicting lava flows. Bright flexible LED panels illustrate the illumination of the planet. A greenhouse effect is very present on Venus. Therefore, the wall takes sustainability into account with solar panels, recycled aluminum, glass, and iron, and reused rain water.


Concept: Venus Venus is a planet of extremes and superlatives. Venus’ orbit is the closest to being circular. Unlike most other planets, Venus rotates clockwise once every 243 Earth days—the slowest rotation of any planet. The planet is bright enough to be seen in a clear midday sky, and because of this has been of remarkable importance in mythology. The Roman goddess Venus is associated with the planet and the astrological symbol for Venus is used to represent the female gender.


Material: Glass, Ferrock Application: Wall Material

Material: Carbon Aerogel Application: Insulation

Material: Aluminum Scrap Laminated Glass Application: Stair Barriers

Material: Reflective Yarn Application: Shading Panel


Material: Acoustic Eco-Panel Application: Adjustable Acoustic Panel

Material: Solar Panel Application: Solar Awning

Material: Photoresistor Application: Solar Awning

Material: Polymer Sheet with Embedded LEDs Application: Lighting



Bio-mimicry: Morning Glory Because of their fast growth and twining habit morning glories are excellent for creating shade on building walls when trellised, thus keeping the building cooler, and reducing heating and cooling costs. A combination of light and temperature signals cause the plant to open. For the wall this means using shading panels with a thick twined fabric and the photosensors to operate parts of the structure. For example, the solar panels raise and lower when the photo-sensors tell them to.




Laminated Cube Form Finding: This project experimented with how a lamination process would affect the generation of forms. Architectural Studies, Materials and Processes of Making: Fall 2017


Digital Process Application: Rhinoceros This form was generated by sweeping curves together and then using that new shape to cut through the cube. It was key that none of the swept shapes intersected. The design highlights the contrast between the rigidity of the cube and the organic appearance of the sweeps. The cube was then cut into layers. Fabrication Process Tools: Laser Cutter, 3D Printer Materials: Corrugated Cardboard, Acrylic One iteration of the cube was laser cut and assembled in layers, and one was 3D printed.


Folding and Transformation Form Finding: Here we studied how a shape would be produced with folding it in mind. Additionally, one surface was transformed to highlight the repetition of folding. Architectural Studies, Materials and Processes of Making: Fall 2017


Digital Process Application: Rhinoceros This form was created by randomly generating two three dimensional shapes, overlapping them, and extracting the intersection. The intersected shape was then arrayed and interlocked. One surface was increasingly modified in each arrayed shape to highlight the transformation and repetition. Fabrication Process Tools: Laser Cutter Materials: Single Ply Chip Board The transformed shape were flattened and sectioned to make pieces that could be laser cut. These pieces where then folded, interlocked, and reassembled to model the form.




Conceptual Micro Living Space Scope: Create a 1000 square foot Micro Living Space that includes a place to sleep, work, and eat. The intended resident is college students, and the project site was just outside of Kent State University’s campus. Foundations Studio: Spring 2016


Design Features: Due to its connection to Kent State, the color palette was chosen based for their unofficial mascot, the black squirrel. The house has a view of the river, so natural colors and finishes were included. Built in furniture was developed to accommodate for its unique shape and size. Planter boxes continue the idea of bringing nature into the space, and would provide students with a sense of responsibility and maturity.


Architectural Concepts: The driving forces for the architecture were connection and wrapping, as illustrated by the bands that appear to “hold� the structure together. There is an emphasis on verticality, to relieve the pressure created by the condensed floor plan.


Compact Urban Dwelling Scope: Develop a micro living space in the setting of your choice. Within it provide areas for: sleeping, eating, working, and living. Interior Design Studio I, Space Planning: Fall 2016


Design Features: I determined that this residence would be in an urban environment. That effected the design in various ways. Windows are place higher on the wall to let in light, while keeping privacy in mind. The eating area is reduced to a section of counter-top and two chairs under the assumption that the client would eat out more than cook. Concrete, glass, and metal would be prominent materials to mimic elements found in skyscrapers. Extra storage is incorporated into the loft and living areas, but the minimal design would support the lifestyle of someone who follows an immaterial philosophy.


Spatial Relationships: The plan’s modular cubic forms establish delineation between functions in the open layout. This also produces a back outdoor courtyard. A second-floor loft area is located above the main entry to utilize floor space more efficiently and add more vertical interest.


Repetition: Expanding on the thought of placing this in a metropolitan area, the house could be mirror, nest, and stack to produce apartments. This was done to address issues of limited space within cities. The courtyards and balconies would form a larger central crevasse to function as both private and community space. The Crevasse: Because a city lacks areas for plants and gardening, planter boxes were introduced into the project to fulfill that void. The built-ins, as well as the house as a whole, are meant to embody the idea of plants growing through cracks in pavement. The planters could be used for in either the interior or courtyard. They warp around corners to represent how vines function.




NEXT Medical Network Scope: Plan and design a medical office space in Portland that engages the community and represents aspects of the Pacific Northwest. Interior Design Studio III, Large Scale Planning: Fall 2017



Education Workplace

NEXT Health Community

Network system, organization, web, community A network exists when a group of independent components join to reciprocally encourage, foster, and assist one another’s wellbeing. The individuals in a network work toward a common goal and strive to achieve their aspirations as one unit. If one component in the system falters, the network will aid and support it, and the pieces in a network succeed by serving each other. The combination of elements results in a more complex and sophisticated whole. The organization of this community can take many forms and is not rigid. The flexibility of a network allows it to be described with many terms: chain, group, structure, grid, system, web, etc. The shape of a network is determined in part by its environment. Therefore, the setting in which the network resides must be one that correspondingly promotes the organization.



Health: The clinic spaces are designed to grant the users a feeling of comfort and security. The distribution of spaces creates pockets of privacy for visitors engaging with the clinical aspects of NEXT. The color pallet and materials are inspired by the landscapes and pine trees of the Pacific Northwest. They provide the users with the comfort of nature, but the lines and styles of furnishings correspond more with the urban environment of Seattle to ensure that the space remains relatable to the local community. Education: The design provides multiple spaces that support learning. There are two bulletin zones that advertise information to


both employees and community members. Additionally, there is a full-sized classroom that can be used to hold classes for the community or can be converted into a yoga studio by stacking and storing all of the tables and chairs. Projectors, audio visual technology, and white-boards augment these spaces. The two conference rooms can also act as auxiliary classrooms for smaller groups.



Workplace: The work spaces maximize flexibility for the employees. They provide accommodations for a variety of working styles including: socializing, collaborating, focusing, and learning. All the workstations have desks that can be converted to standing desks and there are two walkstations to support employee health, fitness, and well-being. The central huddle space and the three shared offices allow employees to gather in small cohorts, while the quiet rooms provide them with a place to decompress independently. Community: The cafe acts as a central gathering space within the clinic and helps to integrate the different types of users. The fully functioning kitchen works as a demonstration kitchen for cooking and nutrition classes, but also allows the employees to have agency with what food they consume during the work day and more actively socialize during mealtimes. The large lounge setup creates an atmosphere of a residential living room, and is a location where all the users can come together.





OFS Brands Headquarters Scope: Create a new marketing and sales support office for OFS Brands Headquarters. Include space to accommodate eight departments, leadership, and auxiliary spaces. Maintain an emphasis on collaboration and flexibility. Interior Design Studio III, Large Scale Planning: Fall 2017


Design Intent: By separating work stations based on activity types, either collaborative or independent, two neighboring clusters of employees were formed. These groups still have the ability to intermingle when it is desired but are also provided the means to operate in a way that best suits their style of working. Each region has a communal work area. These areas are for casual interdepartmental gatherings and will help to integrate the two zones. This approach to the design will help foster community. The idea of a village as a model for design incorporates feelings of forming community, connection to local roots, and interaction between individuals. In villages, the spaces are organized in a hierarchy with the most communal space in the center, with increasingly private areas moving away from the core. This means positioning common workstations toward the center of the plan, while having private offices on the perimeter. Shared amenities such as, a lounge area, storage, an information desk, and employee lockers are centralized near the entrance, like a village square.


Employee Lounge and Lockers

Concept: Analogous Entities that are analogous to one another have certain related characteristics, that when expressed make the relationships between the elements appear stronger. This does not imply that the units are meant to be identical but means that they behave similarly and function cooperatively. Developing analogous ideas is thought to have a meaningful role in problem solving, creativity, communication and decision making. Analogy is the foundation of cognitive thinking; it relates to rationality and logic but also collaboration and familiarity.


Work Stations and Huddle Space

Main Idea: How does a village behave?

Qualities of a Village:

- hierarchy of spaces

- community

- communal spaces - homegrown

- central gathering space

- local roots

- concentric circles or grid layout

- collaboration

- shared resources - interactive

- craftsmanship

Hallway, Private Lounge, Drawing Space

Work Stations and Breakout Space


Branding and Wayfinding: Due to the idea of the village as a main design framework, wayfinding became an important aspect of the design. I created an interactive map kiosk that would also serve as a bulletin board. The stepping-stone motif furthered the ideas of the village and mapping.




High End Restaurant Scope: Design the interiors and create branding for a high end restaurant. Create a thematic experience and tie that theme back to the restaurant’s location. Interior Design Studio I, Space Planning: Fall 2016


Theme: My restaurant was styled after Rube Goldberg or chain reaction machines. The gear shape was a motif that was used to represent this idea. The arrangement of table and booths is meant to propel the user though the space in a chain reaction. Walls that turned on an axis and round spinning sections of the floor took the theme in a more literal direction. The color scheme is based off the three primary colors: red, blue, and yellow, because those are the building blocks that all other colors are made from. However, the hues have been altered slightly to convey the unconventional nature of the space.


Experience: Elements of the space encourage the patron to tinker, doodle, and create. For example, behind the booth’s are dry erase boards, at the bar there is a functioning Rube Goldberg machine that can be adapted, and on the second floor there are reserved rooms that function as makers spaces and provide opportunities for guests to “play” with machines and objects. The menu would feature customizable options, and the view to the kitchen would be open so that guests could watch their food being made.


Location: “The Contraption� site was located near the Google Campus in Silicone Valley. While open to novice inventors, it would cater to those who wish to work while the dine. It would be a main hub for those working in the area. Developers could visit the restaurant, hold a meeting, and collaborate on ideas. Napkin sketches have a bit of an infamous reputation, and this space would allow designers and engineers to take that practice further.


Design Portfolio  

Collection of commercial, residential, and miscellaneous student design projects.

Design Portfolio  

Collection of commercial, residential, and miscellaneous student design projects.