Archive | December, 2012
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Goodbye 2012

31 Dec

Goodbye 2012

Happy New Years Eve from Environmental Design Group

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Roula’s Pick of the Week

27 Dec
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Fluxus customizable chandelier for Andromeda, 2009

Roula is one of Environmental Design Group’s Senior Designers with a resume that would make any seasoned Designer blush, this being said Roula’s pick of the week is nothing less than extraordinary.

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Karim Rashid’s Kit 24 house in Toronto

Roula chose the designer Karim Rashid for her pick of the week. For those who don’t know Karim Rashid is a very talented designer who has over 3,000 designs in production, over 300 awards and is working in 40 different countries.  Rashid has designed luxury goods, furniture, lighting, tech products and packaging. Alessi, Christofle, 3M, Vondom, Artemide, Asus, Samsung, Citibank, Sony Ericsson, Kenzo and Hugo Boss are just a few of the many recognizable brands Rashid has worked with.  Rashid’s talent for design has expanded past objects and into interior spaces with award winning projects such as the Morimoto restaurant in Philadelphia, Semiramis Hotel in Athens and a design exhibition for Deutsche Bank and Audi. Rashid is currently featured in galleries worldwide and has won the Red Dot Award, Chicago Athenaeum Good Design Award, and IDSA Industrial Design Excellence Award. Rashid also shares his knowledge and artistic ability by frequent guest lectures at Universities and conferences, writing books including do it yourself and design guides. 

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Karim Rashid’s Dirt Devil design

Roula chose Karim Rashid for her pick of the week for his interesting and innovative designs. Rashid has a flair for the unique and brilliant that spans far past interior design into countless product designs. Karim Rashid’s originality and history of outstanding design made him a clear chose for Roula’s pick of the week.

All Photo Credit Karim Rashid’s website: karimrashid.com

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From EDG

21 Dec

From EDG

to you and yours

Candice’s Pick of the Week

20 Dec

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Candice is one of the newest editions to the Environmental Design Group family, that being said Candice also chose some new and exciting green design by Joost Bakker.  Joost for those who don’t know Joost is a Dutch-born fifth-generation tulip farmer, who has crossed disciplines to create installations that fuse nature with raw, industrial sensibility. This has encouraged conversations about sustainable design practices and the process. Joost is well known for large-scale public works and vertical gardens, and using “the stuff people throw out”.

ImageCandice was particularly fond of Joost’s Greenhouse Restaurant in Sydney Australia.  Candice really enjoyed the space’s edgy design combined with a really low eco footprint. This particular restaurant is made from roll formed steel coil, cladding made from recycled plywood and plastic. There are hundreds of straw bales in the walls and ceiling to provide insulation. There is a garden rooftop that provides all the fresh greens for the bar and restaurant. Even the furniture is made all out of recycled materials designed by Bakker himself.  Form and function made Joost Bakker’s designs Candice’s top pick of the week! 

 

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Feeling Festive!

14 Dec

Happy Holidays From Environmental Design Group!

Atousha’s Pick of the Week

11 Dec

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Atousha has been with Environmental Design Group for a little over year and during that time she has established herself as a design force to be reckoned with.  Atousha is a tactful, and focused designer with a clear vision, so naturally for Atousha’s pick of the week she chose to honor a classic architect Oscar Niemeyer.  Sadly, Oscar Niemeyer passed away recently at the age of 104 but thankfully he left behind a legacy of buildings that break the mold.

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Oscar Niemeyer was born in 1907 in Brazil during a different era of straight lines and rigid conformity.  Considered one of the key figures in the development of modern architecture, Niemeyer’s buildings refused to follow rules.  Niemeyer once said “Right angles don’t attract me. Nor straight, hard and inflexible lines created by man. I am attracted to free-flowing, sensual curves.”  in his memoir  “The Curves of Time” which truly defined his design aesthetic. Although Niemeyer’s design wasn’t a hit with everyone he simply shrugged the criticism off. One of his most famous works Niemeyer teamed up with Le Corbusier to create the United Nations building in New York. Over Oscar Niemeyer’s lifespan he altered the skyline of architecture and will be forever remembered.

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Atousha chose Oscar Niemeyer for her pick of the week for a number of reasons, his use of form being paramount. Also, Atousha admires how Niemeyer’s worked advanced modern architecture. In addition, Atousha really likes how free his design aesthetic is. Overall, Atousha chose to honor a great architect, his body of work and the memory of how Oscar Niemeyer broke the mold.  

Jaime’s Pick of the Week

5 Dec

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Jaime is Environmental Design Group’s resident go-to man with a brain like a library with endless volumes of vendors, retailers  and fabricators. When in doubt ask Jaime. Needless to say for Jaime to select one item was like asking an artist to pick their favorite color. Thankfully Jaime narrowed down his choice this week to a beautiful chair made my Jean De Merry.

 

Jean De Merry started his furniture business in 2001 with partner Christian D. Maroselli with the mission to maintain craftsmanship of a bygone era. Jean De Merry has naturally formed into a French Deco artisan line created to ignite client’s imagination and create timeless design. In 2011 JDM broke into fabrics, glass and mirrors. With new designs rooted in old traditions Jean De Merry will be creating unique timeless pieces for decades to come.

 

Jaime selected the Amsterdam chair for its character, its sculptural sophistication. Jaime appreciates the Amsterdam chair’s handmade and refined quality. The combination of airy delicateness and heavy metal create a beautiful contradiction. The Tim Burton-esque influence makes the Amsterdam chair quirky without being cartoony or inauthentic. This kind of chair Jaime could design a whole room around!