Some architects will slap a couple drawings on some paper, hand it to their client and builder and consider their job done. JUST KIDDING. We don’t actually think there are architects that do that, but there are different levels of involvement when it comes to the finishing out of a project whether due to the nature of the architect or the needs of the client. In our Studio, we like to have our hands in EVERYthing. Materiality and finishes are the details that take a project from well designed to well loved.
Because we get a lot of questions about the materials we use from people who find our projects on Houzz or through our website we thought we might compile some of that for you.Today we are talking about things that are woven and these are some of our favorite sources and designers. In no particular order here is our (non-comprehensive) list:
[spacer height=”20px”]Because of the fashion forward nature of their designs we frequently spec Knoll Textiles for projects ranging from custom headboards to floor to ceiling curtains. They are one of the few textile manufacturers who go beyond interior design and incorporate an architectural feel in their designs and material selections. Basically, they are able to bridge the sometimes frustrating gap between interior designer and architect by keeping one foot in both worlds.
[spacer height=”20px”]Carolyn Friedlander is a fabric designer based in Florida who has a B.A. in Architecture. It would be tough to miss that when you see her Architextures fabric line. While we haven’t specced it for any of our projects (yet) one of our staff is an avid quilter and Friedlander loyalist. The influence of architecture and design are equally hard to miss in her subsequent lines: Botanics, and Doe.
[spacer height=”20px”]While our minimalist approach to design frequently lends itself to bare floors of wood and tile, we love the warmth and character that come with the addition of an area rug and one of our favorite designers is Emma Gardner. Elegant but not overly playful, her designs sit right in the middle between casual and elegant. Made in Nepal, all of her rugs are certified child labor free through the fantastic organization Goodweave making it an even easier choice.
[spacer height=”20px”]It is customizable times infinity, easy to maintain, and super simple to install. So simple in fact that even our Fairfield clients installed it all on our their own. And it’s made from over 95% recycled content- soon to be 100%. AND, you can ship it back to them for recycling after it has reached the end of its natural lifecycle, either because you have 8 dogs or you’re ready for a change. Basically, there is no reason to not consider using FLOR.
To be clear, this is a minuscule peek at what’s out there. Trust us, we have the Materials Library to prove it. Lighting, glass, plumbing fixtures, wood floors, tile, countertops, windows, furniture. So much design. So many designers. A lot of people would probably be surprised to know how much of “architecting” goes beyond a set of plans. From construction details to that shiny handle you switch on for a hot shower, a good architect is in every corner of your house. Figuratively, of course.
While we can’t dedicate our entire blog to talking about details and finish, we hope to check back in regularly to share what we’re using in our current projects. Or you can steer this ship! What details or finishes would you like to know more about?