Wednesday, February 29, 2012

One Way to Make an Entrance

We were contacted by a distressed Bronx resident, seeking a quotation for a rather unusual repair. When we asked what the scope of work would include, he remarked, "Let me send you some pictures; they say a thousand words."

Monday, February 27, 2012

Renovating Without Guts

Paul interviewed with NYC's Real Estate News magazine, The Real Deal, a few months back regarding the status of the renovation business in the city during these tough economic times. The Real Deal spoke with 7 residental contractors and architects, concluding:

"While the wealthiest of clients are still breaking down walls, most others are sticking to kitchens, bathrooms and surface-level fixes. The one exception is for price-conscious young families that are leaving Manhattan for cheaper, farther-flung neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens, where they’re buying old, dilapidated homes and buildings as fixer-uppers."

Read the full article here.

Friday, February 24, 2012


Traditional Japanese homes were commonly clad with shou-sugi-ban, a charred Japanese cedar, to protect the wood from rot and fire. As charring removes the hydrogen and oxygen from the surface, the remaining compound is primarily carbon and protects the core of the wood. A leading historian of Japanese architecture, Terunobi Fujimori, began to design his own structures in 1990 and re-popularized the shou-sugi-ban technique. We love the complexity of the charred wood's finish, elemental yet elegant. Our latest design project incorporates shou-sugi-ban as the dining room wainscot for an urban mixed use project in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

3-D Painter

Artist Riusuke Fukahori creates lifelike three-dimensional paintings by applying acrylic paint on multiple layers of transparent liquid resin. His meticulous technique captures the dynamic, yet delicate essence of the goldfish. Fukahori debuted at London's ICN Gallery this winter and we just wish we had seen it in person.