John Shields & Karen Urie Shields: Restaurant Project

I became an instant fan of chefs John Shields and Karen Urie Shields as soon as I read the New York Times article about their work at Town House restaurant in the rural hamlet of Chilhowie, VA. I was smitten with the accompanying photos of their food – the ingredients, composition, color and texture all [...]

Restaurant Concept Design: High-End Burger Joint

In January of 2011 I was contacted by a client interested in opening a high-end burger joint in the North West Chicago suburbs. The main focus of the menu would be organic, grass-fed beef burgers, fries and shakes at reasonable prices. No easy task! Comparables in this market are restaurants such as Elevation Burger, Farm [...]

ICFF – Is ‘Blah’ a Trend? Or a Trait?

May 16th saw the opening of ICFF 2009, the International Contemporary Furniture Fair held in New York City every year.  And unfortunately, as has been typical for the ICFF, it failed to impress.  Or, really, even hold a candle to Milan’s Salone Internationale del Mobile held in April.  The Salone is the benchmark.  The mother of all furniture fairs.  A [...]

Unnecessary?

 
Why do milk and juice cartons have to have a plastic cap?  The original design of the carton is simple and, dare we say it, elegant.  It is made of one material.  The pouring spout is built into the fold.  Easier to (possibly) recycle.  Super simple.  But, someone decided that a plastic cap would be [...]

Apartment Therapy Comes Calling

Our friends at Apartment Therapy New York were so kind as to post our apartmentrenovation in their ‘House Call’ section today.  The renovations took a little time and taught us lessons in patience and perseverance but were definitely worth it.  The process turned our basic 1960’s apartment into a modern home we love.  The kitchen is [...]