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Residential design - manhattan child’s bedroom Custom furniture, millwork and decoration This Swiss-born Manhattan client highly valued organization and compartmentalization. She desperately wanted a sleeping and storage solution for her 6 year-old son that would take advantage of his room’s tall ceilings. We started with conceptualizing a loft bed and decided to widen the closest opening to create a large niche. The head of the bed could fit snugly in part of this niche beneath a soffit. Next, we designed a deep closet with double hanging rods that could be tucked beneath the loft bed inside the new niche. Next to it could snugly fit deep built-in shelves and soft-close drawers. This solved the problem of clothing storage. Eventually, we designed a cubby unit that fit beneath and partly supported the foot of the loft bed. We designed the cubbies so that they would perfectly fit some colorful mesh bins to hide loose toys and other kids’ stuff. The carpenter fabricated everything in painted MDF. We eschewed hardware to kid-friendly notched drawer fronts and doors to the closet. Motion-sensing LED closet lights illuminate the closet interior. To reflect her young son’s Swiss heritage, we selected a red and white color palette, with accents of deep navy and some earth tones to warm things up. All in all, her son now has a cozy elevated place to slumber and tons of new storage space.

Sspring/summer 2015 Firm: haus. by bjc. Primary designer: Sharon P. Crockett Carpenter: MPD Design Build

Loft Bed Detailed Plan View

Loft Bed Side Elevation

Loft Bed Front Elevation

Swiss Cross Motif Fabric Concept 1

Millwork Design - Detail Drawings

Closet & Shelves - Plan View

Drawers & Shelves - Section Cut

Models - Wireframe & Rendering

Furniture Plan

Overall Look - Concept #1

FF&E Final Selections

Residential design - upper manhattan condo mid-century-inspired design for a young family of four The family of four -- two adults and two children -- was moving uptown from a tight one-bedroom rental on the Upper West Side to a roomy three bedroom condo, newly renovated in Hamilton Heights in Upper Manhattan. They had a storage space filled with paintings and inherited pieces with a decidedly ethnic, old-world or sixties vibe. But they wanted their new place to feel like a contemporary take on mid-century modern, not a period room re-creation. We got busy with space planning, making sure there would be adequate clearance for flow between larger pieces of furniture. We also made sure to provide enough seating for the family and for guests. The living/dining room area faced a brick wall. So, we knew we needed to shade the windows more to obscure the lack of a view than to block the muchneeded natural light. We selected gauzy roller shades and specified a large, floor-length mirror, flanked by the windows in the room, to open up the views. Since the room lacked much natural light, we brought in wall sconces in the dining area to augment the bubble chandelier that the clients had their hearts set on. We added some black, Tom Dixon pendants over a new movable kitchen island, which provides much-needed additional counter space. A bright, yellow tight-back tufted sofa anchors the living room and complements a deep blue armchair and warm, wood woven low-slung wood chairs. A custom inverted liveedge dining table and custom credenza below a wall-mounted TV warm up the space. A Moroccan berber area rug provides a kid-friendly, though sophisticated soft floor covering. The entry hall showcases the owners’ inlaid chest and artwork. Family artwork adorn the walls in passageways and behind the sofa and between the dining room sconces. In the end, the space is contemporary, authentic to the family and meets their functional needs.

In process 2015 Firm: haus. by bjc. Designers: Sharon P. Crockett & Miriam Biolek-Jones, Principals

Furniture Plan

FF&E - Living Room

Living Room

Living Room

FF&E - Dining Room

Dining Room

FF&E - Hallway

Hallway to Bedrooms

Rendered Model Aerial View

Rendered Model Views

DESIGN COMPETITION - Brooklyn high school classroom re-design finalist - GARNISH: A CULINARY LAB & ART STUDIO DESIGN COMPETITION DESIGN STATEMENT: • VERTICAL DIY METAL MESH GARDEN STANDS WITH LINED CEDAR PLANTER BOXES • SUSTAINABLE FLOORING, NO-VOC PAINT, NATURAL CORK BOARDS • NEW KITCHEN ISLANDS • RE-PURPOSED CONTAINERS FOR ART SUPPLY STORAGE -- CRATES, MASON JARS, PLASTIC MILK JUGS To excel and grow, our future community leaders need the nourishment (both literal and figurative) offered by the culinary and fine arts just as surely as they need to know math, the sciences and the language arts. This new classroom design creates healthy, sustainable lightfilled spaces in which students’ can pursue this “nourishment” through their cooking, gardening and art projects. Featuring navy blue, aqua and whites (accented by terra cotta pots and the greens of the plants), the colors reflect the school’s logo, which is stenciled on thewest-facing walls and partitions. The healthiness of the space begins with the use of no-VOC paints and bio-based linoleum flooring. Oxygen-emitting herbs and vegetables in pots on wall-mounted shelves and in lined cedar boxes on three vertical garden stands further enhance air quality. The central wall containing key plumbing and electrical lines is further raised to provide wall space for blue recycled rubber recipe boards andwall-mounted shelves for herb pots. Glass panels with decorative glass films of food- and art-related imagery top off this raised wall. New kitchen islands provide communal counter seating, storage and space for electric ranges. Column-supported overhead shelves at the islands permit installation of ductless vents above the ranges. A new bar-height counter made of recycled post-industrial paper that extends from the west wall provides another eating surface. Folding aqua square tables, stowed away in the storage closet, come out only for meals to provide additional eating surfaces. Stackable stools are used in both the culinary lab and the art studio for ease of storage and mobility. Utensils and culinary equipment stow in two lockable wood veneer cabinets. The art studio’s design focuses on display of students’ artwork and on efficient and costeffective storage of art materials. A dedicated sink in the art studio is convenient and hygienic, and natural cork is used for art display pin-up and teacher bulletin boards. While the height-adjustable art tables are meant to remain in place, the drying rack and canvas keeper are both on casters for mobility. Aprons hang on flip hooks near the closet, which contains steel shelves onto which small wooden crates, re-purposed plastic milk jugs and mason jars store paints, paintbrushes, water cups, sponges, sheets of paper and pencil. Rolled paper stows upright in a simply built wood cubbies. Easels, stacked stools and four folding square cafe tables all tuck away in the closet’s corners. 2014 Competition Finalist: Sharon P. Crockett Competition Sponsors: Architecture for Humanity & NY Cares School Site: Expeditionary Learning School for Community Leaders, Brooklyn, NY

commercial design - law firm Law Firm Office renovation Relocating to new office space on Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan, this law firm was budget-conscious and desirous of natural lighting. It decided to retain the existing dark wood veneer private office furniture and broadloom carpet in private perimeter offices that were already in its new space. The challenge was to select paint, finishes, carpet, panel-based systems and ancillary furniture that complimented the existing finishes while satisfying the partners’ desire for a grey palette. This meant painting over the bright blues and mustards in the existing new space that showed up as dated accent colors on walls near built-in file stroage areas and copy and mailroom niches. Once more neutral wall and file cabinet paint was selected, the decision was made to select a Tandus modular carpet tile that featured the desired pale grey for the open work areas, but that also complemented exisitng beige carpet in the permiter offices. It also meant selecting a more luxurious inset broadloom carpet to install lin the reception area that would complement an existing black glossy stone surround, classic HBF reception furniture that the law firm would be bringing from its old offices and an existing neutral textile wallcovering. An inexpensive AllSteel systems furniture with a sable panel fabric, new smoky pearwoodgrained laminate and a white solid surfacing for new pantries and basic grey, chrome and white cafe furniture finished off the offices. A new custom-length credenza with a finish matched to the law firm’s existing conference table provided new storage in the brand-new boardroom. This new room was completely glass-enclosed, to help bring in the natrual light that the partners so desired. Privacy was achieved with a shimmery opaque glass film.

Summer 2013 Firm: TPG Architecture Client: Ellenoff, Grossman and Schole, LLP

Furniture Plan

Modular Carpet, Paint and Panel-based Workstations and Finishes

New Pantry and Cafe Finishes and Furniiture

Installation: Open Work Areas, Corridors and Built-in Storage

New Pantry Rendered New Millwork Elevations and Installation

commercial design - Insurance company Information Technology Department of Insurance company: FROM CUBICLES TO AN OPEN OFFICE PLAN An establishd financial guaranty company’s IT department’s new Chief Information Officer wanted to create a space that could facilitate more informal collaboration between developers, architecture and infrastructure teams. With a current, non-unpleasant East Asian aesthetic, emphasizing bamboo and shoji, the CIO of this insuance company’s IT department did not want a radical makeover that turned his department’s space into a Google or Facebook wannabe. He did want to dim the lighting, bring in more natural lighting and pull down the existing high cubicle walls. The challenge was to ensure that teams that interacted the most were adjacent to one another, but using a benching system with upholstered returns and personal. Another challenge was to get rid of the glass enclosed perimeter offices, while still providing a sense of hierarchy within the context of an open plan. Since so much visual and acoustical privacy was going away, the new layout includes a couple of telephone rooms featuring felt acoustical tiles, some break-out rooms, team rooms and a larger meeting room. Wardrobes that used to be part of high-walled cubicles were replaced with shared closets. The CIO did not want a large conference room, as he felt that got little use. So, the largest meeting room accommodate just 8-10 people, and is placed fairly far away from the main open work spaces. Intermittent informal seating areas are also scattered throughout the space, permitting casual interactions away from the desks. A mobile media wall with table, Slate from OFS, adjacent to the desks fo the CIO and COO provide additional space for collaboration. A wall of monitors tracking financial market data, news and weather was located just above new built-in millwork along a wall that used to house empty file cabinets. The department is moving towards all electronic files. To remain consistent with other departments, bamboo veneers and laminates were retained as primary finishes, along with textiles and felts in warm oranges and light blues and modular carpet tiles in medium greys. Wall paint was kept neutral and suspended linear LED lighting is kept dimmed to facilitate easier vision of monitors. Sunlight now streams into the space through tall windows that previously had been accessible only to enclosed offices. Electronically controlled solar shades control glare and adjust automatically as light conditions shift during the day. Team heads, the CIO and COO now all have slightly larger desks and longer returns and are positioned at the window-facing ends of benching systems. So, while now more integrated into the plan with their subordinates, positioning and space allocations subtly hint at the hierarchy. The East Asian aesthetic was adhered to not only through the use of sustainable bamboo, but also in the meeting and team rooms, where cleft finishes on stone is featured on credenza and millwork tops and and live-edge wood tops are used on the custom meeting tables, in addition to clean white solid surfacing.

Summer 2013 Firm: TPG Architecture Client: Assured Guaranty IT Department

New Open Office Plan


Open Office Adjacency Bubble Diagram and Test Fit

InDesign Illustrator AutoCAD

6’ x 6’ Workstation Typical Isometric Sketch, Ancillary Furniture and Materials

commercial design - Mutual fund company tampa branch office OPEN OFFICE PLAN A mutual fund company with offices in Manhattan, leased office space in Tampa, Florida and needed assistance with test fitting the space to meet its programmatic needs. There would be a renovated cafe, a new reception area, a new training room, a flexible conference room for the salespeople, a copy/mail room, IT room and open work areas for Sales, IT and Portfolio Management. The company requested light toned laminate wood grain finishes for corridor-facing workstation end panels and cafe millwork. We selected light, heavily grained Olivewood and Acacia laminates. Portfolio managerrs required more storage at their workstations than sales people. As a result, workstation typicals considered for them included storage cabinets stacked above box/file/file cabinets. We suggested that panel heights not exceed 48� to provide seated visual and acoustic privacy but standing visibility. The client’s tight budget challenged us to select quality, but less expensive metals, textiles and laminates rather than woods. This extended to ancillary furniture, such as the woodgrain laminate private office furniture and table tops in the conference room. Since the conference room was long and narrow, we divided it with a retractable folding door and specified tables on lockable casters that could be re-arranged as needed. Due to constraints of the site, power poles needed to be used to bring power and data to the workstations and to training tables. We opted to discreetly place these at the center of the workstation clusters and to feed power from perimater walls wherever possible. Lastly, in keeping with the company’s sky blue logo color and as a nod to the bright and sunny Tampa climate, we selected seat fabric for its cafe chairs and a backsplash color that closely matched the logo. The bright blue was a cool contrast to the warm Olivewood and Acacia laminates.

Winter 2013 Firm: TPG Architecture Client: Van Eck Global

Open Office Plan Test Fit

Workstation Typicals - Isometrics


Portfolio Managers



Portfolio Managers

Ancillary Furniture for Reception, Cafe, Conference and Training Room

commercial design - advertising firm los angeles advertising agency office renovation: FF&E and color palette A Young, Budget-Conscious Advertising Agency Active in the Film Industry Needed a Fresh Start in a Dreary Downtown Los Angeles Office Tower Space Collaborating with Thomas Juncher Jensen, founder of JIDK, I focused on the existing space’s one merit: the spectacular views of the L.A. skyline from the large office windows. JIDK needed a color palette and budget-conscious furnishings for the young film ad agency. Jensen devised open office areas with custom low, cork-covered dividers to provide unobstructive views, promote collaboration and to absorb sound. I selected comfortable Steelcase task chairs, inexpensive laminate-topped work tables of varying sizes and file pedestals with cool aqua and grey upholstery and laminates. The color

palette takes inspiration both from the company’s logo: and the skyscape visible from the windows. The carpet tiles are a complementary neutral charcoal, tightly woven for resilience. Half walls are covered with sound-absorbing cork. In appreciation of the staff’s need for occasional privacy away from the open office areas, Jensen interspersed the space with lounges and break-out rooms. For these quiet, glass-enclosed niches I focused on specifying low-slung modular sofas, textured aqua throw pillows and low, movable side tables and soft but sturdy ottomans that can double as tablet and laptop workstands. Meeting rooms feature reproductions of classics of modern furniture design by Le Corbusier and Eames. I created mood boards and assembled a detailed furniture schedule, job book and budget for the clent.

Spring/Summer 2011 Principal: Thomas Juncher Jensen • JIDK Client: 4D (Publicis Groupe)

Installation: Open Offices

copyright 2011 JIDK

Installation: Lounges and Break-Out Rooms

copyright 2011 JIDK

copyright 2011 JIDK

commercial design - new media company Growing internet start-up company’s witty soho loft space in silicon alley When viral news and content internet start-up company, BuzzFeed, moved into larger office space, it settled on a New York City loft in Soho in the heart of Silicon Alley. The founder commissioned quirky wall art to set off the otherwise white, minimilast decor. A large wall off the reception area features BuzzFeed’s logo, setting the witty tone for the interiors. The young company demanded a “trashy” glass-enclosed lounge, budget-conscious work tables rather than desks, conference rooms featuring Saarinen executive side chairs, a “phone booth” and a large canteen with stainless steel appliances. Also on its list of “must haves” was a side-by-side glassfronted refrigerator for display of healthy beverages and snacks. Collaborating with JIDK, I specified reproduction Saarinen executive side chairs in a sturdy grey upholstery for conference rooms, low white vinyl armless chairs for the lounge and phone booths and inexpensive white laminate-topped work tables. Canteen tables are square versions of the work tables, while the stackable canteen chairs were specified because they allow the canteen space to double as a presentation area when lined up and when the tables are pushed back against the walls. The canteen backsplash of green opaque glass tiles sits under cabinets with shiny fronts that staff can write on with erasible white board markers. BuzzFeed had fun with naming its conference rooms after its reaction buttons. There is the “Geeky Conference Room” and the “Wtf? Conference Room”. Glass-enclosed private offices feature tatami-like floor covering, providing a texturally interesting counterpoint to the white palette and concrete flooring. I provided JIDK and Buzzfeed with a detailed furniture schedule, job book and furniture budget.

Summer 2011 Principal: Thomas Juncher Jensen • JIDK Client: BuzzFeed

Photographs courtesy of JIDK

hospitality design - hotel pagganck hotel and conference center on governors island urban renewal project

A Haven for Urban and Suburban Dwellers, Cyclists and Corporate Retreat Attendees Eco-Friendly Lodgings Amidst a Nature Preserve on a Car-Free City Island in New York Harbor This hotel connects guests with the natural surroundings of the planned new park on Governors Island designed by Dutch firm, Team 8. It brings the outdoors inside through the use of a raised wooden plinth, screened cabanas, hammocks, porches and pavilions and private decks. Guests are able to flow with natural forces by cycling and strolling along the meandering trellis-covered raised walkways and boardwalks that hug the shoreline and connect guest room pavilions to the lobby pavilions. Bicycle parking and water bottle re-filling stations dot the landscape. Guest rooms become increasingly luxurious as length of stay increases all the while retaining their connection to the surrounding greenery, trees and distant views of Lower Manhattan. In appreciation of the island’s history, the hotel takes its name, “Pagganck”, from the original Leni Lenape name for Governors Island. It means “Nut Island”, due to the profusion of hickory, oak and chestnut trees. This is reflected in the logo and branding.

Spring Semester 2009 • Studio 3 Faculty: Thomas Morbitzer, Goil Amornvivat • TUG Studio


Lobby Lounge Pavilion

3ds Max Photoshop

Self-Check-in/out Pavilion - Interior View

Trellis-covered walkway

Self-Check-in/out Pavilion - Exterior View

Pavilions Atop Plinth

Elevator Bank in Guest Room Pavilion

Terrace off Lobby Lounge Pavilion Guest Room Pavilion Corridor

Site Plan



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Self-check-in/out Pailion Lobby Lounge Pavilion - Reception and Concierge Retail Pavilion - sundries, toiletries, cycling apparel, cycling equipment and accessories Bar. Cafe & Restaurant Pavilion Bicycle Parking

Logo & Signage


Guest Room Pavilion

Guest Room Furnishings, Fittings and Materials

Fittings & Fixtures

Sancor Envirolet VF 700 Composting Toilet

“Elard” Electric Key Card Escutcheon Lever Set by Rocky Mountain Hardware




Benjamin Moore Low-VOC Aura Interior Paint

Straw Sticks & Bricks Bravado Malte Natural Wool Rug

ADA Sconce Flex by Neidhardt in Polished Aluminum (not as shown)

“Veneto” Pedestal Sink by Stone Forest

“Touch by Clodagh” Single Handle Wallmounted Taps by Watermark

“Papillon” Bathrub by Stone Forest

EcoResin with Embedded Bear Grass by 3Form – Bath Doors

“Touch by Clodagh” Shower Set

Recycled Limestone Brick Wall – Bath & Bed

American Slate Interior Ledger Panels – River Rock

“Pedal Power” Wallpaper by Flavor Paper, Brooklyn, NY

St. Remy Limestone Bath

CariniLang “Aquarium” wool, silk area rug

Meridien Accents River Rox Pebble Tile – Shower Floor

“Egesta/250/S1 Suspension” in Chrome & Acrylic by Hampstead Lighting

Acro Wall Diritto 18 Outdoor Deck Lighting by Hampstead

Furniture & Fabric

“Raindrop” Side Table/Stool by Skram Furniture

“Catifa” Lounge Chair by Arper in Luna fabric (at right)

“Vegetal” Deck Chair (Vitra)

“Leaf” 1804 Chaise Longue for Deck by Arper


Nelson Chronopak Clock (Vitra)


“Cotton Flowers” Organic Bedding by Calvin Klein Home

Organic Toiletries by Naturopathica of East Hampton, NY

Eva Sfere Ricamo Bath Towels by Frette

“Cobble stone” in “Gingko” by Luna Bicycle Tire Rim Side Table for Deck

Circa Serving (Mini-B Widdic

Hourly Cabana, Cabana Bath and Daily Guest Room and Bath

Weekly Guest Room and Bath

residential design - showhouses a duo of showhouses: #1 - 2012 MANSION IN MAY - A FRESH TAKE ON Neo-TUDOR The Great Hall of a neo-Tudor estate in Morristown, New Jersey becomes a stately room echoing its period inspiration through strategically placed antiques but refreshed for a sit-down-and-relax lifestyle with greenery and re-upholstered classics. Barbara Ostrom of Barbara Ostrom Associates, Inc. took a dark, drafty great hall with towering stained glass windows, a massive stone hearth and exposed timber and brought it into the twenty-first century. Glynallyn, at 12 Canfield Road in Morristown, New Jersey, was built around the turn of the last century by George Marshall Allen to resemble a 16th-century English castle, Compton Wynyates. The result was a warm-toned room grounded by a 15-foot by 25-foot gold-toned Oushak carpet with rich accents of crimson, the complimentary color of green in the leaves of the towering ficus trees and dramatic ambient lighting softened by smaller pools of light provided by table lamps. The nod to the tudor inspiration of the architecture was in the use of a suit of armor in the organ pulpit, tartan chair upholstery and a seven-foot tall wooden duchess once carried in village processions. I had the responsibility of doing the site measurements and floor plan of the 40foot long space in AutoCAD as well as collaborating on selecting and sourcing appropriate antiques from Newell Antiques in Manhattan. As project manager, I requisitioned and met with the electricians who installed the 225-pound three-tier iron chandelier into the 41-foot ceiling, ensuring that dimmers and new floor outlets were also put in place. Researching and visiting nurseries to find the best tall trees and flowers, I also arranged for on-site application of flame retardants to drapery for certificate of occupancy compliance. I met the movers and assisted with installation of lighting, furniture and antiques. Lastly, I arranged for the placement of a baby grand piano, which provided visual interest in one of the more barren corners of the huge hall.

Spring 2012 Principal: Barbara Ostrom • Barbara Ostrom Associates, Inc. Client: Morristown Medical Center

Copyright 2012 Peter Rymwid

Copyright 2012 Peter Rymwid

Copyright 2012 Sharon P. Crockett

Copyright 2012 Peter Rymwid

#2 - 2012 New Jersey Designer Showhouse - dreaming of the hamptons

The awkward angled wall and upper ceilings of a little-used garret bedroom on the top floor of a Saddle River, New Jersey estate are the backdrop for a new architectural niche and weathered wood-like wallcoverings, making the room a place for daydreaming...of the Hamptons. Barbara Ostrom of Barbara Ostrom Associates, Inc. restrained the room’s palette by limiting it to cool and crisp white and navy with accents of pale yellows and blues, all softened by the horizontally installed Nobilis faux bois wallcovering. The horizontal installation draws the eye down from the high ceilings, particularly since the wallcovering continues up the angled ceiling. The paper stops at the new coffered ceiling, its inner squares painted a robin’s egg blue, barely perceptable. She designed a new rectangular wood niche sized to fit a daybed, closing off a sharply and awkwardly sloping wall. An empty closet became a new built-in bookcase. A large pine farm table angled slightly now serves as a desk, and a new globe chandelier with small shades provides overall lighting. Accessories were edited to emphasize seashells, coral, wood boxes, carved wood animals and framed nautical prints and maps. Again, doing the site measurements, floor plan and elevations of the unusually angeled space in AutoCAD, I also collaborated on selecting fabris and trims for the drapery and soft roman shades and located the iron sleigh daybed from the sole warehouse along the East Coast that had one available. I coordinated with our workroom to obtain a custom daybed cushion in a bright, white Belgian cotton linen and with our wallpaper installers, who had never worked with the Frenchmade wallcovering before. Finally, I met the deliveries of all furniture and antique prints and decorative accessories, ensuring that all items were in good condition, and drew up a price list for their sale to visitors who tended to linger in this tranquil and restorative office/sitting room. The room was featured in the October/November 2012 issue of designNJ magazine.

Spring 2012 Principal: Barbara Ostrom • Barbara Ostrom Associates, Inc. Client: Hackensack Medical Center Foundation

commercial design - interior design firm interior design firm office The 10,000 square-foot raw commercial space needed to be transformed into a working interior design firm office for a small staff. I wanted to emphasize the industrial aspects of the existing space, which could be conducive to a gallery display of the firm’s projects, while also creating cozier pods in interior and perimeter rooms. Exploiting daylight from the space’s southern exposure, I used glass enclosures and open workspaces wherever possible. Varying soft and hard floor surfaces and ceiling heights helped to demarcate transitions between zones of activity. The color palette was taken from a favorite work of art of the owner that emphasizes the cooler hues of grey and aqua with warm accents of orange. I specified polished concrete on the floor in the main working space and outfitted it with 8 sustainable workstations. I left the 10-foot ceilings unfinished, exposing the ductwork, and used simple pendant lighting in this main space, dropping gypsum board and ACT ceilings to 8’-6” only in the presentation room, smaller conference room and perimeter private offices. Glass with eye-level frosted sections encloses the 3 private offices that, unlike the main workspace, have sound-muffling carpet tiles and more substantial modular desks and storage. These private offices ring the open-area main workspace for easy access. I centrally located the materials library and also enclosed it in sound-proof glass with eye-level frosting to benefit from daylighting. Inside are floor-to-ceiling shelving, a desk, seating and additional carpet tiles. Beechwood cabinetry in both the small pantry and adjacent mail/copy room provide a tonal contrast to those rooms’ darker grey HPL flooring. Slate flooring in the small unisex bathroom also contrasts with a beechwood vanity. A small reception and gallery with recycled wood flooring create a warmer, earthier welcome to clients and other guests, who can easily be led to adjacent presentation and conference rooms, that also utilize more wood than do the more industrial work areas screened from view.

Spring Semester 2008 • Construction Documents Faculty: Kent Hikida • Gensler

AutoCAD 3ds Max Photoshop

Presentation Room

Open Office Area, South View

Benjamin Moore #606 - Accent Wall

Carini Lang Rug

Bamboo Flooring

Marimekko Fabric Wall Panel

Barcelona Chair

Reception Area Views

Elevations and Enlarged Plans

Detail Drawings

freehand drawing hand interior renderings & SKETCHES Mid-Century Modern, Transitional, Educational, Retail Package Design

Finn Juhl-Inspired Bi-Level Living Room

Craftsman Living Room

Urban School Cafeteria Terrace

Transitional Living Room

residential design - high-end One-Bedroom city Apartment A young couple seeks to imbue their Upper West Side one-bedroom apartment with both classic American forms and materials and Asian decorative flourishes, reflecting both their overseas travels and aesthetic inclinations.

Floor Patterns and Materials White Hexagonal Porcelain Tile

Japanese Chyrsanthemum Motif in Blue and White

Odegaard Blossom in Grey

Camel Chenille Coppin Brick Dining Chairs

Blue Velvet Settee

Persian Rug in Blue and Orange

Brown Leather Day Bed Cut Marble

Baltic Brown Granite

AutoCAD Photoshop

Living Room and Dining Area

AutoCAD Photoshop

Master Bedroom

Boardwalk Blue

Benjamin Moore Bradstreet Beige Benjamin Moore Blue Springs

healthcare design - waiting room family medical practice waiting area & reception Design Interventions for Application of Roger Ulrich’s Five Tenets of Healing Design to a Doctor’s Office 1. Access or connection to nature 2. Positive distractions 3. A greater sense of control in the patient environment 4. Social support spaces 5. Reduction or elimination of environmental stressors

Preliminary Digital Sketch with Nature Photo Wall Mural

Positive distractions: media wall with flat-Panel TV, artwork, built-in bookshelf, cushioned bench, aquarium and refreshment center. Anti-microbial graphical patterned floor carpet with subtle woodland theme, wall-mounted wood planter, cherry wood veneer on millwork, mango wood lamp -- all representations of nature. Movable chairs and side tables permit patient control of the environment and the creation of conversational groupings to foster social support and privacy. Sound-buffering acoustical celing tile material and carpeting create soft surfaces for noise reduction, an environmental stresssor.

AutoCAD 3ds Max SketchUp Photoshop

Preliminary Materials Concept Rendering

exhibition design - art Mobile Modular Art Display Wall Re-arrange. Display. Pack up. Transport. Inspired by the argyle motif.

Spring Semester 2008 • Studio 1 Faculty: Igor Siddiqui • ISSSStudio

exhibition space design - gallery retail art gallery This space is for navigating the hierarchy of the art buying and gallery visiting experiences. It is a place for self-actualization through buying less expensive impulse purchases near the entry below the mezzanine or to go further into the space to see and buy larger, expensive and cult objects.

Spring Semester 2008 • Studio 1 Faculty: Igor Siddiqui • ISSSStudio

healthcare design - cancer treatment center Developing a new model of cancer care delivery Partnership Project with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center 553 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, New York Satellite Site Patient choice. Simplicity. Human-centered technology.

Fall Semester 2009 • Studio 2 Faculty: Aki Ishida • Aki Ishida Architect William Ngo • i/o collaborative


Precedent Study: Spa Napping Cabanas with Aromatherapy and Sound Therapy

Human-Centered Technology for Patient Choice Ambient Environment (AE) Display System Applied to Chemotherapy Treatment

1. At Home Patient selects ambient preferences on-line: nature, art, marine life, family photos, etc. Preferences saved.

2. Touchscreen Table Check-in

3 . RFID Card Portability

4. RFID Card Reader

Pick up Radio Frequency ID (RFID) card, which stores patient’s ambient preferences.

Patient can carry card in wallet, pocket or purse.

Wave RFID card in front of digital photo frame card reader outside door to treatment room. Reader sends data to treatment room computer, initiating patient’s AE settings.

5 . Ambient Environment

6. Audio Visual Option

7. WiFi or Personal Area Network (PAN)-based Control

8 . Patient RFID Card Drop-off

LED lights dim or change color. Moving imagery appears on curved celing. Aroma lightly permeates atmosphere. Music begins.

Philips Ambilight HDTV for slideshows of personal photos or pre-selected DVDs. Sound system for accompanying audio. Headphone jack built into chair.

Adjusts themes, images, volume, light level, light color. aroma. Built-in nurse call button.

Upon conclusion of round of treatments.

Chemo-Cab Modular Treatment Room Concept with Ambient Environment Display System

Proposed Site Plan for 553 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn

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Waiting Area TV Area Patient Art Display Wall Reception Pantry & Cafe Closet Quiet Room

8. Blood Analysis 9. Bloodwork 10. Med Room 11. Nurses’ Station 12. Break Room & Lockers 13. Art & Recreation Area 14. Mobile Nurses’ Station

decoration, writings and lectures DECORATIVE PIECES

Screen, Furniture, Lighting, Staircase Railing

“Monarch Butterflies, Milkweeds, Caterpillars and Cocoons”


“Modern Victoriana”



2”’ Scale: 1’1/2” = 1’-0”

Fabric Sculpture Screen 3D Rendering Woodgrain Motif Based on Wall Surface Treatment by Petra Blaisse, for Casa da Musica, Portugal

Patternmaking: Design for Laser Cut of Woodgrain Motif onto Fabric

Furniture Piece “Transforming Surfaces”

Sculptural Lighting “Forming Surfaces”

article, white paper and lectures

Bringing Russel Wright into Your Home:

Taking Inspiration from Wright’s Modernist Country Retreat, Manitoga BY SHARON P. CROCKETT

Many Americans’ first encounter with the designer Russel Wright in the last century might have come when they first admired his Depression-era simple wooden furniture, brandnamed American Modern, or spotted his iconic organic forms of dinnerware, cutlery, glassware and table linens or perhaps when they saw an in-store display of his unbreakable Iroquois Casual China. His signature was a relaxed informality that was modern, democratic and individualistic. Today we may know of him from remembering our grandmother’s table settings, elements of which are now collected and proudly displayed as sculptural artifacts of a past era. But Wright was much more than merely an arbiter of mid20th century American middle-class domestic taste. Wright’s design ideas ranged far beyond the domestic table to domestic interiors more broadly. The weekend sanctuary in Garrison, New York that he moved into in 1961 on property he named Manitoga (Algonquin for “place of great spirit”)

reflects the culmination of an evolution of his larger ideas about casual living in harmony with nature. It can still inspire us today as we think about ways of designing our contemporary interiors. In some ways, Wright was ahead of his time, anticipating do-it-yourself and sustainable design concepts even as he embraced the use of post-war man-made materials. He created interior spaces that reflected his ideas about the importance of both organic and synthetic materials and forms, the influence of the change in seasons, the beauty of the hand-made, the different moods that lighting effects can create and his proclivity for Asian decorative arts. These are in many ways timeless concerns, but many were fresh for their time – the 1940’s through the 1960’s – and continue to resonate today. Nature: water, stone, fire and wood The landscape surrounding the abandoned quarry on the land on which Wright built his “experiment”, as he liked to describe his modernist weekend home designed with the help of the architect David Leavitt, was first and foremost a source of inspiration for Wright. One of the first things you notice as you approach Manitoga is the sound of falling water. Wright did admire Frank Lloyd Wright’s modern masterpiece, Falling Water, and either consciously or unconsciously incorporated some of its elements into his own house. Russel Wright manipulated the existing landscape to divert a stream that would then fall over rocks into the quarry to create a pond. His bedroom/studio directly overlooks this 30-foot waterfall, and he often left his windows and doors open so that he could better hear its music. The large, floorto-ceiling glass sliding doors that line the southern walls of the living room and dining room frame views of the trees along the ridge just past the waterfall behind the quarry pond. Transparent colored netting, ribbons or string were Wright’s solutions for window dressings so as not to detract from the views. Wright was interested in natural sounds, such as that of the waterfall he created, and about framing views of the surrounding landscape. In your own home, something as simple as a tabletop fountain in a den or study or wind chime hung near a door or window can create a tranquil soundscape. In fact, Wright placed a wind chime in the ceiling of the hallway near his daughter’s bedroom in which breezes blew through a nearby window.

Summer Dining Room (circa 1965)

If your home is lucky enough to feature appealing outdoor views, by minimally dressing the windows that frame those spring 2011 2

November 22, 2011 Dear Sharon, Thank you so much for a wonderful program on Russel Wright's Manitoga. Your enthusiasm and knowledge of Manitoga was obvious. The use of different media in your presentation was so well done, and kept the audience invovled. Visiting Manitoga will be on my list of places to visit, and to find out more! Thank you again for sharing your time, talent and knowledge with the Montvale Library Community. Best Regards, Rose Curry Adult Program Coordinator Montvale Public Library

Sharon P.


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