The Andrei Duman Gallery in Woodland Hills, CA redefines and explores the typology of the photographic show gallery on various fronts. Commissioned by internationally reputed photographer, Andrei Duman, this gallery continuously pushes the limits of gallery design through the use of differentiated space which in this particular case has no clear boundary. Disrupting the largely rectangular shell of the gallery, the structural system of tree branches were used to reorganize the spatial volume throughout the space.
The propagation of the branching structures are dotted throughout the space with the upward growth expanding toward the ceiling. The success of this design installation is the stunning wooden, floor to ceiling curves and the seamless relationship these curves have with the hanging photographs, giving way to the idea that you are in the landscape in which the photographs were taken. The artwork itself is hung among the trees with wire and glass frames cascading down throughout the branching systems’ canopies. The typology of gallery design is re-imagined as the hanging art pieces redefine spatial volumes with which to experience and consume these world-renown works of art.
Black and Blue is a high end men’s clothing shop located in “The Lab” anti-mall shopping complex in Costa Mesa, CA. The main point of the design is the floating steel “Panels” that are customized to hold either hanging or folded clothing. The Panels have been hand rusted using an accelerant oxidizer and then sealed to hold the rust pattern. The store is expansive yet cozy, with an intimate atmosphere that gives it the feel of a huge his-or-hers walk-in closet.
Other areas of design consisted of, 2" thick 10ft long floating purple heart wood shelves and a custom curved steel tube making up the changing rooms and hanging bars in one continuous member.
Project: Black and Blue
Retail store for high end denim and Mens clothing. Design consisted of custom metal panels suspended from the ceiling for clothing display, 2" thick 10ft long floating purple heart wood shelves, custom curved steel tubing making up the changing rooms and hanging bars in one continuous member.
Size: 1,300 SF
Location: Costa Mesa, CA
Status: Built – 2003
This project involves a complete façade renovation for a designers' colony. Each unit is roughly 1,000 SF. The units are intended as starter studios for fashion designers and local artists. The front façade of the building is designed to be wrapped in angled wood paneling revealing large glass windows allowing light into the interior space.
J.F.Chen is one of the preeminent High End Antique furniture showrooms in the world. Based in Los Angeles, the current business operates within three 15,000sf+ showrooms. Our project with the company was to convert a former Fed-Ex delivery and sorting center into a space that could house over $5mil worth of mid-century modern originals. For the interior, we carefully reduced the interior to basic structure and then added over 300 LED track-lights, custom transparent Roll-up doors and a series of skylights. We enabled the flexibility of the space by creating a power lighting grid that would allow the “vignettes” of furniture and chandelier lighting.
The exterior was painted a monotone green with only a bit of white trim to adjoin to a custom rusted sheet metal gate. The furniture side was heavily landscaped to showcase the interesting and unique exterior pieces.
Our efforts to create an amazing cabinet of curious furnishings was a complete success, as the space is both cozy and overwhelming with choices.
The exterior of the Hormeta store is wrapped in high gloss acrylic, framing the views from the Harrah’s lobby. Through the glass, the eye is immediately drawn to two full-height 15 FT long interior glass walls depicting beautiful women through an embedded transparent image.
This industrial, California-modern tech office in Los Angeles’s Chinatown was an exciting exploration into creative office space that balanced openness with necessitated privacy. The company, which produces software for musicians and musical producers, required a program that allowed for creative, impromptu collaboration while providing spaces for staff to “be in the zone” for exploring sound. Balancing the productivity of the program was the establishment of an environment that was casual, flexible and fun. The result is a large industrial office of private sound rooms, a floating glass meeting space, a break room and a full recording studio that is able to be leased out.
The Siren Lexington Campus is an extension of the Siren Production Studios. The interior wooden vaulted ceiling defines the space with beautiful wooden trusses. The office concept is an open and light filled work environment with modern clean lines.