Selene’s Pick of the Week

22 Jan

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This week’s pick comes Environmental Design Group’s busiest designer Selene. Selene has been with Environmental Design Group for a year this spring and has been in high demand from the start. On the ball and almost always on the phone, when Selene is out of the office EDG is missing its signature hum. Selene has chosen more of a concept than a concrete item, the idea of openings in the form of doorway

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While researching for her project Selene found lots of options for openings, especially intricate European doorways. She found inspiration in contrast in materials, lines and shapes. Beyond the wood and paint, Selene considered when you walk up to a door what lies beyond this door? Finally, Selene reflected on the feelings a opening can evoke curiosity, suspense, and imagination. Doors maybe the most overlooked aspect of any design, but when you see an opening through Selene’s eyes wood and metal are no longer a formality from one space to another but a transcendental experience.

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“Be an opener of doors” a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson, is also the way Selene tries to live her life every day. To get more door and opening inspiration visit Selene’s pinterest board: http://pinterest.com/selene_caride/architecture/ 

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Nicole’s Pick of the Week

15 Jan

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Since Nicole’s last pick of the week she has graduated and become a full time designer at Environmental Design Group! Nicole brings a resourcefulness and creative eye to the EDG team. Previously Nicole had picked a innovative company O’verlays who creates templates to apply to outdated or generic furniture to give a more unique and expensive finish. In the vein of creative updates Nicole chose a blog “Simple Details” and a nail head ceiling makeover.

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Pam the “Simple Details” blog author breaks down the project into the simplest terms. She outlines the materials, costs and then gives a detailed account of her experience applying the nail heads and tips she learned along the way. Pam also gives clear and detailed photos to accompany her first hand experience. To get the full break down visit http://simpledetailsblog.blogspot.com

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Nicole chose this blog and ceiling DIY project because she loved the finished product. Nicole could also not believe the patience Pam took to outline her entire ceiling. The completed ceiling is a beautiful decorative element, in line with Environmental Design Group’s simple elegant style. Will this decorative ceiling be recreated in your home?

Anna’s Pick of the Week

10 Jan

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Anna is one of Environmental Design Group’s newer editions and has decided to reflect upon the past for her pick of the week. Anna has chosen Antoni Gaudi a Spanish Architect and known figurehead of Catalan Modernista movement.

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Gaudi studied to become an architect in spain and after graduation began architectural work in the victorian vein of his predecessors but when Gaudi began developing his own style is when the true artist emerged. Gaudi studied organic and anarchic shapes in nature to give better expression in architecture. Having spent time studying geometry when Gaudi was younger, and having read engineering articles Gaudi was also influenced by the catenary curve. This element was previously only used in suspension bridges but added a level of strength to Gaudi’s designs. Gaudi also dabbled in Interior and furniture Design, only designing interiors for his buildings. Gaudi’s interiors were known for the their meticulous detail. Gaudi also used an early form of ergometry. Some of Gaudi’s most famous works include Casa Vicens, El Capricho, Guell Pavillions, Palau Guell, Casa Calvert, Finca Miralles, Casa Batllo, just to name a few.

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Anna chose Antoni Gaudi as her pick of the week for a number of different reasons. First and foremost because his buildings are completely out of the ordinary and stick out in a city scape. Anna would visit Gaudi’s architecture in person one day. In addition, Gaudi’s architecture has stood the test of time, remaining relevant for centuries to come. 

 

Jaime’s Pick

3 Jan

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If you have been following Environmental Design Group’s blog you know Jaime loves furniture, fixtures and finishes! Jaime is EDG’s go-to guy with endless ideas and inspirations from various companies and vendors. With years of design experience Jaime isn’t afraid to think outside the box. Jaime couldn’t wait to chose another pick of the week and it only seemed fitting to kick of 2013 with a pick from Jaime.

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Jaime’s pick this time was designer and builder Tim Thompson. Tim Thompson has been around the industry for decades and like Jaime isn’t afraid to think outside the box. Tim’s typical work ranges from a-typical raw edged counter tops to wood floors that seem to sway just slightly. They say the devil is in the details and Tim Thompson has seemed to consider them all. Tim seems to add small thoughtful touches to every design. For example tongue and groove joints, unexpected curves, leather details and unparalleled craftsmanship. Tim Thompson creates an beautiful oxymoron in rustic modern designs.

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Jaime chose Mr. Thompson for his outstanding quality, creativity, and attention to detail. Jaime has had the pleasure of meeting Tim Thompson about a year ago and Jaime was blown away by Tim’s meticulous craftsmanship. Jaime particularly loved how Tim fused leather into the wood seamlessly. Finally, Jaime admires Tim Thompson because he isn’t afraid of any material. 

To check out more of Tim Thompson’s work and photo credit http://www.timthompsondesigns.com/

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Goodbye 2012

31 Dec

Goodbye 2012

Happy New Years Eve from Environmental Design Group

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