Since my last post in November (already a month has gone?!), I have been working on more showroom displays in a “Classic Modern” vein. Here are some renderings; first up is a concept for a store in South America:
Before doing an entire store layout, we decided to render just a concept of the front of the space, to show how warm and inviting we could make the furniture layout from the outside. When a given space has windows on 2 or 3 sides, it does wonders for publicity but can be a challenge for a kitchen showroom. Our concept shows how we integrate a “Total Home Design” feel to the entrance; visitors can see a kitchen and a sitting/living space complete with TV, seating, fireplace. The kitchen and living space are designed in harmony as one, the way home renovations should be considered. I have been lecturing about this type of renovation and will post on my concept of Total Home Design in the future.
A detail view of the kitchen; notice how the “soft side” of the kitchen is arranged towards the living area (with wood shelves and a wood seating area), and the “hard side” which is water and stain-resistant, faces away from the seating and allows kitchen play and it’s inherent messiness to stay isolated from the soft side. Finishes are Agate Grey gloss lacquer and Honey Walnut veneer.
The upper cabinets bridge over the way into the rest of the studio. This bridge connects to the fireplace/entertainment unit and helps tie the design together.
Next up is a concept here in the US. We have a large showroom which we are considering renovation, but again, want to make the front entrance as inviting as possible. The same classic modern Agate Grey finish was selected, this time mixed with Graphite lacquer. This display is more of an “entertainment center” or “wet bar”, with sink, coffee station and refrigerators behind panels. Again we see a bridge to the seating area. Across from this setup is the main kitchen, which is a more formally-presented Beaux Arts 2 display. The idea is to keep the entire space in harmony.
It has been a busy close-out of the year, with exciting projects all over the globe and some extremely satisfying industrial design projects as well. I have been considering new 3D software in the new year, if I can make up my mind on what to go with and then commit the necessary time for training. Looking forward to 2013 being as diverse and exciting as 2012 has been!