DESIGN SHADOW: PROJECT INSTALLATION

I have been silent on the blog for months now – not because I have had nothing to say, but because I have been consumed by work; mainly one installation project. My team and I literally were on site every day for 2 and half months and then at least half of the week for …

DESIGN SHADOW: PRE-INSTALLATION

I traveled an hour with two others of my team today to meet on our project site. We connected with a larger group making a total of 18 of us. The reason for the meeting? Furniture pre-installation meeting. We are getting ready to install the project with 13,876 pieces of furniture, not including plants and …

DESIGN SHADOW: PROPOSALS & CONTRACTS

This week has been an exciting week for me. I was able to pick up two more projects! What is more important is that they are two new clients; corporations/entities that we haven’t worked with before. It has been a long time in the making – building relationships and doing good work on past projects. The …

DESIGN SHADOW: SPECIFICATIONS

When I was in school, the subject we talked least about, but since being out of school I wished I had known the most about – Specifications, aka “Specs.” These documents literally become binding contracts to the designs we create and if they don’t align with your designs – your designs won’t be created per …

DESIGN SHADOW: CD DRAWING REVIEW

    This week we have a deadline for one of our projects: Our architectural  drawings must be 95% complete. That means we hand over an almost complete set of documents to the owner for their review and comment. To get to this point, the whole team has their own portion of the work to …

DESIGN SHADOW: DD PRESENTATION

Picture this – a room full of 15 or so individuals – architects, designers and various owner invested parties, most of which are in ties and dresses, surrounding a table – strewn with lunch meals, architectural drawings and finish materials for the whole building – down to the fabric for the chairs being used. This …

DESIGN SHADOW: FINISH BOARDS

Finish boards: every designer knows what these are. They are one of the “A, B, C’s” to what we do. But it always surprises me on how long it takes to get them turned out looking professional. It’s one of those things that we do that no one else understands until they have to do …

DESIGN SHADOW: FURNITURE DESIGN COMPETITION

Sandler Seating, a furniture manufacturer that  I have specified their product for on projects, announced a competition. The challenge? To submit a wining chair design: a design that would expand one of their specified product lines. The prize? A one week, full expenses paid, trip to Venice, Italy to work with the manufacturer to develop …