Latest from the Space & Environmental Design category

Supernew Supergraphics (2014)

In a partnership between Toby Brook and Adrian Shaughnessy, a publishing company known as Unit Editions was created from their joint passion for writing and design. The book “Supernew Supergraphics” actually references a book written in the 1960’s simply known as “Supergraphics.” The original was written by a group of “radical architects” who broke the…

The Eames Lounge Chair

The Eames Chair is iconic. Smooth, curving plywood and soft leather. A gentle recline from which you could read a newspaper or take a nap. Charles Eames described the chair as having “the warm receptive look of a well used first baseman’s mitt”(1). Designed by Ray and Charles Eames and released in 1965, the Eames…

Case Study House 9: Charles Eames

Another piece of work I am analyzing is the Case Study House 9: The Enteneza House designed by Charles and Ray Eames. This house was designed for Arts and Architecture publisher/editor, John Entenza as a part of his case study house program. The house is on a flat landscape on top of a bluff in…

“The May Queen” Margaret Macdonald

The May Queen is a well-known work created by Margaret Macdonald in 1900, which is the same year she married Charles Rennie Mackintosh.  This work was created specifically for the Ladies’ Luncheon Room at Miss Cranston’s Ingram Street Tea Room.  Margaret’s husband Charles had been commissioned to decorate this space, and together the couple created…

Navigating The North Carolina Museum of Art

The North Carolina Museum of Art or the NCMA has two main buildings; the East building that houses its more temporary exhibitions and the West building that plays home to some newer pieces and the permanent collection along with outdoor sections and a park that boasts beautiful views and sculptures. The outdoor section between the…

Navigating with Google Maps

            Within our world, there are many ways that design is used to communicate messages effectively. From simple old-school maps to digital maps, space design has been used to provide a better experience for users. As phones have been slowly taking over this society, technology has drastically changed throughout the years to foster cohesive and…

Navigating Gregg Museum of Art

When people visit a public space, they rarely ask themselves about the way that space is arranged. People go about their business and the meaning of a floor-plan is the last thing on their minds. Art Museums always have very intentional layouts, lighting, and displays. But, because the museum is all about the art, these…

Restoration Hardware wayfinding

I chose to review the Restoration Hardware store in the Meatpacking District in Manhattan. I thought that this retail concept was incredibly interesting. When you enter the store, it feels as if you are in a luxury spa or resort, with a waterfall, large inviting couch that you would actually never want to sit on,…

Lost in D.H. Hill Learning Commons

The Learning Commons at the D.H. Hill Jr. library is described on its webpage as an “active, comfortable space that inspires [students] to be more productive and successful,” allowing them to collaborate, discover and create. Traveling to the east wing of the first floor will bring you through a set of doors leading you to…

D.H. Hill Library Signage

The construction of D.H. hill library occurred in stages over the course of several decades, starting in 1952 with the opening of the Erdahl-Cloyd Union, continuing with the opening of the current West Wing in 1955, and further developing with the opening of the North and South book stack towers in 1971 and 1990 respectively.…

Navigating Hostels in Ecuador

The Kamala Surf and Backpacker hostel is a gem for low budget travelers along the west coast of South America. The hostel is known for the fun environment, open natural spaces, and diverse people that stop by on their various trips. It lies about 2 kilometers outside of Montañita, which is the closest major city…

Navigating Iceplex

For this assignment, I decided to write about Iceplex, which is an ice skating rink located in Raleigh. It was actually my first time ice skating as well, so I thought this place was perfect for me to review. Once you walk inside of the building, you immediately get a sense of the sporty vibe…

Finding my way with Apple Maps

Apple Maps is a GPS app. Other than visual representations of the directions it also provides vocal communication. Important things to note from the application which were included with the visual aspect of the app is the map itself. An interesting aspect is the fact that in order to view the maps at night the map…