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.
The 14,000 sq ft. Red Bull House of Art exhibition and residency complex is 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 Red Bull community arts project 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 … well maybe… please don’t trip…
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. Taking inspiration from blended live work spaces 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. Beside workstations and three large edit suites, a second kitchen and lounge area with pool table and plasma TV provide 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.
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 material 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.
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 links front to back, as the wall turns the corner, missing slats provide views and ventilation into back of house space. The slatted wall is integrated with Kee’s signature packaging boxes. 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 the cases while paying homage to the surrounding neighborhood.
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 pallet.
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.
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.
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 2008, local designers teamed up with small business owners and community members to engage the Roosevelt Park in the Corktown neighborhood of Detroit.
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.www.idstrength.com/LEAN
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 Review Gallery in 2009. Future iterations are in development composed from cast or formed plastic offering a more affordable price point.