Owned by chef Andy Hollyday and Evan Hansen, this Cass Corridor eatery has been named by the Detroit Free Press as the Restaurant of the Year 2015. The design of the space is intended to reflect the restaurant's modern take on a seasonal rustic-style cuisine.
Dumbo’s Front Street is host to the new 10,000 sq ft loft space set in what was once a Benjamin Moore Paint Factory. 1stAveMachine is an award-winning production company based in Brooklyn, that prides itself on the success of a collaborative work environment of director’s artists, and designers. Taking inspiration from blended live workspaces and an interest in collaborative environments, the design promotes movement and conversation away from the confines of a desk or cubicle. Zones that inspire the exchange are integrated throughout. There is a picnic table for lunch breaks in an open kitchen with long tables and bar area. In addition to the workstations and three large edit suites, a second kitchen and lounge area with pool table and plasma TV provides a space where artists can take a break. Bike racks line the hallway just past a coffee bar where people can congregate for casual meetings.
Standby is an intimate restaurant with a contemporary approach to food and craft cocktails. Its owner requested that the design house and showcase major pieces in his collection by three prominent artists.
The project spans the ground and basement floors of a five-story building in the center of Detroit’s downtown. Four distinct zones of experience are created by containing the mechanical systems in a mezzanine level above the bar. The four zones (the bar, the small group seating/standing area, the booths, and the main dining area) are further defined and accentuated using a gradient of light quality.
The design sought to blend classic bar elements with contemporary art to create a dynamic space. Where possible, original building materials were used, including the tin ceiling over the main dining area, the wood floors that were patched in-place, and the existing steel beam found inside a wall during renovations, which in turn inspired the extended steel support system for the mezzanine.
The Red Bull House of Art exhibition and residency is a 14,000 sq ft. complex housed in a former brewery located in Detroit’s Eastern Market. The incubator contains shared artist studios, a fabrication shop, a lounge space, administrative offices, and a public gallery / exhibition space. The project serves as a prototype for the Red Bull community arts project, which is modeled from their success with the Red Bull Music Academy. The House of Art is designed as a series of extended thresholds that transition first the artist and then the visitor through temporal experiences.
Innocor Comfort, the industries leader in sleep innovation technology, revitalizes its showroom with a smart minimal design that compliments their core product line of bed pillows and mattresses. Housed in the historic Flat Iron district overlooking Madison Square Park, Innocor Comfort’s design centers around versatility. As a key design element for this multi-functioning space, versatility creates an opportunity for the internal Interior Design team to adapt the showroom to changing product lines each season.
Modular and mobile furniture aid in the reconfiguration of the main showroom space, while the floor plan is arranged primarily using a permeable and functional floor-to-ceiling wall display system. The project began with a study of circulation, paying particular attention to the organization between private and public spaces. Meeting spaces and the main showroom are visibly connected while physically partitioned. The display wall contains storage and hidden shelving, it is both divider and display for pillows of the moment and other showcased items. Two integrated modular wall panels pivot on caster wheels and can be positioned to extend into the main space or retract and become invisible depending on the needs of the day.
Kee’s chocolates is a world renowned chocolatier situated at 80 Thompson St. in Soho, Manhattan. This interior renovation was completed in collaboration with Susan Sloan of slo.vis studio.
A floor to ceiling wood-slatted wall is integrated with Kee’s signature packaging boxes and links the front to the back of the interior space. As the wall turns the corner, missing slats provide views and ventilation into back of house space. A new maple wood vestisure wraps the refrigerated chocolate cases rendering a more continuous and uniform space. A laser cut map of Manhattan was designed to wrap the cases while paying homage to the surrounding neighborhood.
From the street, a floor-to-ceiling storefront windows showcases the latest limited edition sneakers framed in a 10’ cube light sculpture that invites in the surrounding community. The light structure is an abstract take on a jungle gym with connotations of style and play, simultaneously evoking the hopscotch chalk lines or playgrounds from area parks and the flash of fashion runway. Brass mannequins live inside the light display,dressed with limited-edition apparel and sneakers with the occasional one-of-a-kind piece; hand-painted or customized by local artists.
The shop is lined with sections of steel shelving, displaying the latest styles of special issue sneakers and flat-brimmed hats. The east wall, still covered in partial layers of wallpaper and contains clues and dents from the location’s tumultuous days as a bookie gambling venue. The opposite wall contrasts with a hand-parged concrete veneer that serves as a background for colorful sneakers. Each display unit was designed and coordinated by et al. collaborative to elevate and curate the continuously changing collections.
Challenged with designing a seamless transition between new kitchen and existing loft, layout constraints were seen as opportunities to introduce aesthetic and functional details in the concrete, used as a structural framework and finish material.
Key moments and details throughout the kitchen compliment the over arching principle of old and new. Examples include an integrated wine storage that can be seen as you enter their home, concrete indentations that channel water back to sink, and a gas range set into the concrete counter-top which maintains cohesion between kitchen functions.
The precision of manufactured geometric patterns found in tiles and cabinetry is contrasted with both natural patterns that result from curing concrete and the exposed knots and textures of wood elements.
This Park Slope home renovation was designed in collaboration with Susan Sloan of slo vis. The young family moving in envisioned a simple clean white palette.
Unity Gallega of the U.S. is a members only Spanish Cultural Club located in Queens NY, since the 1940's it has been dedicated to the promotion and preservation of Galician culture, folklore and traditions.
The club features activities and event spaces for its community. et al. has been currently working with their directors and others members to help re-program and re-design their existing 3 story facility.
Located in Detroit’s Historic Corktown neighborhood, the sophisticated yet humble renovation plays an integral part of the neighborhood’s cultural revival. The public presence of the historic facade provides the space with ample daylight and fresh air while rejuvenating the elegant details of the block. Reclaimed materials harvested from local buildings and milled by the owner were used in addition to period furniture pieces thus engaging the owners within the design process. Simple surface treatments create a calm atmosphere preserving center-stage for the customer.
Inner State Gallery's primary focus is on Urban Art. Working with leading and emerging artists from around the world, 1xRun is focused on bringing limited-edition time released artwork to collectors across the globe.
Drawn to the Eastern Market area in Detroit due to its increasing developing artist community, the 1xRun offices found an opportunity to continue their unique art distribution network in a new space, where single run prints and one offs can be printed on site, auctioned and showed publicly.
A new interior space layout arranged the existing function to house the 1st Floor Art Gallery, the 2nd floor 1xRun offices, and an art production basement with shipping & packaging.
Photography by Sal Rodriguez
et al. collaborative was approached by Alumni co-owner, Gene Han, to redesign the new concept for the Crown Heights Brooklyn location for the recent rebranding of the store. Han and his family own a series of shoe stores across the Brooklyn area. Envisioning the Utica store as an anchor in the community, et al. was tasked with designing a flexible, safe, family-centered space that would serve as a positive influence on the surrounding neighborhood. As the neighborhood changes, Alumni hopes to continue to provide a space that impacts the quality and value of new development in the area.
DIEM, a label already on the scene, envisions Pop Up shop during Art Basel. Their venue, a gallery space, turned into a temporary retail shop displays DIEM's latest fashion and their new 1992 line.
Our challenge, how to design a system that could work both as pop up retail concept and event.
A pallet of gold and white sets the background and mood for the 1992 line. The design is composed of 2 types of wooden lacquered painted modules. Loosely resembling Olympic Podiums a grid of merchandise and art is outlined. Displayed on top of or inside of the wooden podiums, the arrangement invites the visitors to meander and experience from multiple view points, front and back of merchandise is visible, the podiums offer maximum flexibility for display and interactivity.
Located along Detroit's Cass Corridor, Slows To-Go is the first extension of Detroit's successful Slows BBQ franchise. Housed in a renovated 1926 Secretary of State office building, a 4,000 sf commissary was combined with a 2,000 sf barbecue carry-out to increase the capacity and creativity of the original Corktown restaurant. The reclaimed wood utilized for the interior was harvested from a deconstructed and restored apartment building on a neighboring block. While the exterior of the project strictly adheres to national preservation standards, allowing it to receive federal historic tax-credits, the interior provides a strikingly contemporary and vibrant atmosphere that is more revealing of the attitudes of both client and clientele. In Collaboration with uRban Detail LLC
In collaboration with industrial designer William Lee; LEAN is a sculptural yet simple piece designed to bring purpose to a universally under-utilized space; the corner. The versatile piece stands alone as a sculptural element, but also has dual functionality as furniture. When upright in a corner, LEAN is a chair that gains structural support from its adjacent walls. Set on its side, it becomes a coffee table with negative spaces for books and magazines. Fabricated in plywood, LEAN comes in a two-tone color which reinforces its geometric shape. In metal, the thin sheets combine durability with elegance.
In 2008, local designers teamed up with small business owners and community members to engage the Roosevelt Park in the Corktown neighborhood of Detroit. The team sought to leverage and coordinate various volunteering and funding efforts that were abundant throughout the city. On a pro-bono basis, and with the direction of local non-profits and community members, this collaborative of creative professionals proposed an ‘open framework’ intended to evolve as community interaction with the park defined its program.
The vision for Roosevelt Park is one that would provide a range of public amenities to serve the local neighborhood on a daily basis, as well as provide a regional attraction by hosting planned musical, cultural, gastronomic, and athletic events. In collaboration with uRban Detail.
The design of a 1,200 sf addition to a single family home that takes advantage of visual and physical connections of the indoor living spaces to the surrounding landscape. The project incorporates passive and active energy system upgrades for the home.
Lattice is a design-build shelving system composed of storage, display and a pull out sliding desk.
Through its organization the piece invokes a familiar contrast and tension. The tension between the synthetic and the natural, the machine made and the hand crafted; the contrast between something cold and something warm.
Inside a square steel tube frame with lateral cross bracing supports nine recycled oak planks turned shelves. Outside, a permeable laser cut plexi-glass grid, is suspended between diagonal aluminum 'H' channel panels.
Resulting in one very necessary (NYC) space saving system.
With 350sf of existing space, the 12.5’ ceiling allowed the addition of a 125sf sleeping loft to maximize square footage. With this unique element we allowed the apartment to inhale/exhale, through compressing and decompressing the space by alternating the ceiling heights The sleeping loft is womb-like; it’s open, but the walls and ceiling cradle you to sleep. In addition, integrated storage into the structure of the mezzanine and custom built furniture helps rationalizing the space.
Influenced by themes of revival, nostalgia and nature, the trees have been returned to the focal point of light in the home as lamps. et al.'s found materials come not only from holiday trees, but also fallen from storms, and discarded from landscaping projects. Each of the trees is carefully stripped of its branches and pine needles, which are donated to a neighboring rooftop garden for mulch. The fLume lamps are minimalist and organic, staying true to form. The pieces are intended for display according to what suits their natural shape; table top, hanging and floor standing. Each piece is one of a kind and uses exposed filament bulbs of various shapes and sizes
An exploration in material fabrication techniques and a crash course in marketing and economic price points for a new upstart furniture company. The original philosophy for the design is based on a double skin concept; the interior layer holds the trash and the exterior layer acts as a light weight perforated support structure for the body of the can. Working directly with the proprietor and the prototyper, Et al.’s laser cut aluminum piece was constructed and exhibited at Detroit’s Re:View Contemporary Fine Art Gallery in 2009. Future iterations are in development composed from cast or formed plastic offering a more affordable price point.
In collaboration with VolumeOne, LLC. et al. was approached by the client to envision a plan for a 165,858 SF / 1,5408 sqm site in the community of Corktown, Detroit.
The design for St. Vincent is comprised of individual building types to include a community center as well as single and multi- family housing.
In collaboration with the BioLINIA LLC, et al. was asked by the client to envision the expansion of the engaging food and cultural district just east of downtown Detroit. Each of the proposed spaces is to serve as an example of blending healthy living and production based spaces into our daily rituals. The proposed renovations are housed in vacant or underutilized buildings at opposite ends of the market and serve as invitations into the district.
Tests and studies were conducted in order to understand the multiple effects of concrete surface with a variety of form-work. We derived a balanced aesthetic using clear plastic which would create a natural effect as the concrete cured. The metal connections were designed and tooled from one piece of metal. Each concrete curve was unique, although constructed with the same specifications, the overall movement effect was created by a 5 degree revolution. Adjustments of each 150 lb piece where possible through a metal threaded rod, used to connect and stabilize multiple curves.
In the fall and winter of 2009-2010 Brooklyn Utopias? provided a forum for artists young and old to pose questions about differing visions of an ideal Brooklyn.
et al. was commissioned to design and build the exhibition. Pallets were chosen as the primary material. We assembled them into interlocking towers that became organizational cues for the artwork. The rough and unfinished outermost surface of the each pallet was whitewashed. This visual tie to the existing museum walls and display systems allowed us to create the defined thematic zones.