Rooftops on new buildings built in commercial zones in France must either be partially covered in plants or solar panels.
This became official back in March but continues to make us happy everyday. We always try to incorporate plants and energy saving, earth conscious practices into our interiors and exterior designs. How lovely that laws can have such a beautiful and positive impact on design and the earth at the same time.
Just one more reason to love France.
Form, function and color are dominant in this NY rooftop.
Trees at street level and on the top deck in Paris.
Chicago’s City hall speaks volumes about leading the way by example.
Last June we wrote about a commercial project born of love and labor.
It was a major remodel on a 1924 grocery-turned-upholstery shop that was being transformed for use as a studio for vintage poster restoration studio called The Affiche Studios. SBaird Design was hired as consultants by the owner/client, Jason Leonard, who knew the general design direction of the project but needed a bit of professional guidance and collaborative input.
Well, Jason is all moved and settled in. The space has also taken on the role of gallery and event space, Archipelago Portland, its grand opening set for next weekend, Jan 25th. We are so proud of this project, all the hard work that Jason put into it and to watch the design contributions we had the pleasure to make become realized.
It is always amazing to see a project through from start to completion. This project has spanned all of 2014 and we are so thrilled that its one of the first milestones to see reached for 2015.
Well done team, well done.
It is incredibly rare as designers that we have had such a talented client document the renovations for us. With Jason’s permission, we have featured some of his gorgeous Instagram photos from this project, but we highly recommend you check out more photos by searching #archipelagopdx.
Lately, we have realized that we are always on the go. Client meeting, site visits, sourcing trips, the list goes on. It can be difficult to sit down and write a blog post. While social media can be distracting in the workplace, it can also be a wonderful tool. Recently we did a whole 10 hour series called “Day in the Life”.
If you want to keep up with what we are working on, follow us on Instagram for a daily look into our work lives. Username @SBairdDesign
This is a project that has been born of love and labor.
A commercial real estate transaction I managed for a client then transformed into a design consulting job. The space, a former grocers-turned-upholstery shop is getting a new use as a workshop for vintage poster restoration. Structural work, mechanical, as well as finishes and design all had to be thought out. The owner/client has a good aesthetic and knew the general direction in which he wanted the building to go. SBaird Design was hired to help refine ideas, give lighting advice and consulting on finishes and space planning.
The project is almost complete. Here are some images from our site visits with the client.
Visit in the beginning of June:
care was taken to preserve the original terrazzo inlay. the number 1073 was the building’s historic address.
when the ceiling was removed, care was taken to preserve the original roof structure. the decision was made to keep the wood exposed and have it sandblasted to remove old dirt and grime. the natural wood adds lots of warmth to the space.
Images from end of July:
hand-made large format hex tiles add wabi-sabi charm
Several of our projects this past year have all had repeating themes.
In every one of our residential projects we have had to specify window coverings. In our commercial projects it has been a constant hunt for the ideal office chair.
Funnily enough, after dealing with these subjects for months and finding great solutions and product, Remodelista (one of our favorite design blogs) came out with two articles covering these topics with a lot of the same results we found.
It is invaluable information to have. Read over the findings and tuck away the information for when you come across these challenges.
Below is great article about deciding to use roller shades in the home. I have had them in my home for years and have always loved the simplicity.