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Residential: single family home
The goal of Nestled Ignation was to create a housing unit that focuses on the natural wonders of Zimbabwe’s igneous balancing rocks and the physics behind this phenomenon. While concentrating on the use of South Africa’s local materials and rich deposits, and the bright colors of San Francisco’s geography and architecture, the space was designed to inspire adventure and spark imagination.
Commercial: community center
The goal of Solar Connections was to create a farmhouse that concentrates on environmental sustainability by utilizing the sun and natural elements for cleansing and warmth. As the sun creates life that sustains both the human body as well as other plants and animals, the sun also provides a source of energy for all living things, as well as the building. The design encapsulates photosynthetic life.
Hospitality: HOTEL and venue
Electric Sky Hotel encapsulates all that is whimsical, imaginative, interactive and inspirational about the electronic music festival EDC, while concentrating on the continuous use of sacred geometry, color theory and light, and the use of hand-picked energy-altering gemstones throughout the space. The Vesica Piscis is conceptually visible to the interactive user as the space is experienced.
HOSPITALITY: wine bar
Matopeolan’s project development began by studying the definition of “universal beauty” and buildings that are considered to be universally beautiful. The two buildings that I found most inspiring, and both considered to be universally beautiful, were the Hagia Sophia and Barcelona Pavillion. Reflection, space, and time are all elements shared between the two buildings. This is where the concept developed: a wine bar that demonstrates the exercise of light and reflectivity.
HOSPITALITY: small plates
Decorflay’s conceptual development began by researching the Canary Island Date Palm. What I found the most interesting about the palm tree is the way the layers peel back over time, but do not fall off. This was the conceptual inspiration for the design. In the design, you will see structural and furniture pieces that not only appear to peel back from the walls, floors, and ceiling, but additionally, physically represent the verb and the act of peeling.
RESIDENTIAL: TINY HOME
Secluded Revival is a tiny home whose design was inspired by the busy and exciting lifestyle of its’ owners. While keeping sustainability in the forefront, this home’s goal was to reflect nature, and all of the places the home has yet to travel to. You see this represented through the color scheme, the use of large windows (quite literally connecting you to the outdoors), and through the application of materials throughout the home.
Intimate, bright, colorful, adventurous.
Nestled Ignation began as a residential project for a couple that met in South Africa, and have goals to reside in San Francisco, California. I began this project by comparing and contrasting the two places, finding many similarities. I discovered that both San Francisco and Zimbabwe shared gold as a main source of initial income, and that the geography related to rocks and earthquakes are prevalent in both places. I decided to go deeper with this, discovering the balancing rocks of Zimbabwe and the physics behind them. I found that the rocks have a resting area called a contact, or small depression which homes the curves of additional rocks, causing a very delicate balance. There are three points around the edge of this depression, forming a triangle, the strongest geometric shape known to man.
This discovery lead to the development of Nestled Ignation’s concept as the design combines the triangular shape, as well as shared colors and elements of both Zimbabwe and San Francisco.
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Conscious, sustainable, inspirational, environmental.
Solar Connections developed as a community farmhouse for Frogtown Farm in Saint Paul. The goal was to create a hub for healthy food systems that fill the gap in production, storage, manufacturing, and distribution. With spokes that reach beyond it’s acreage and the Frogtown Farm neighborhood, its goal is to be a destination for those seeking learning, innovation, reflection, celebration and authentic community. The beginning of this concept came from the phrase, “make hay while the sun shines.” I wanted to take this further by researching facts about the sun. I discovered sun gazing, an act of staring directly at the sun during dusk or dawn while standing barefoot on the ground. This act is one practiced by many monks and is believed to increase melatonin, improve dream recall, improve eyesight and quality of sleep, increase the human pineal gland size, improve endocrine health, boost energy and increase serotonin.
This study was the beginning of Solar Connections’ conceptual design: to create a farmhouse that concentrates on environmental sustainability by utilizing the sun and natural elements for cleansing, connection, and warmth. As the sun creates life that sustains both the human body as well as other plants and animals, the sun also provides a source of energy for all living things, as well as the building. You will experience this throughout the total design.
Sacred, transitional, colorful, expressional.
The conceptual design process for this project began by studying the Flower of Life and the Vesica Piscis, a form of sacred geometry that is found heavily in the culture of EDC attendees. The Flower of Life is a geometric shape that reflects the energy of conscious expansion, and its infinite abilities. As the vibrational energy of the horus expands and creates additional circles, the created overlap is called the Vesica Piscis. This design concentrates on the Vesica Piscis, featuring an art gallery in the center, representing the initial energy. Each surrounding space showcases art relative to its function, therefore representing the Flower of Life in the floor plan. The design also features other cultural traditions such as the use of gemstones and color theory to assist with mental stimulation or relaxation.
Classic, reflective, beautiful, timeless.
The conceptual design process for this project began by studying universal beauty, personally defined as something that creates an aesthetically pleasing, yet intriguingly subjective experience. The two buildings that inspired its finishes and furnishings, that are also considered to be universally beautiful, were the Hagia Sophia and the Barcelona Pavilion. Sharing both reflection, and space, these two elements became the main focus in the physical design of Matopeolan. The wine bar, located in Saint Paul, Minnesota, demonstrates the exercise of light and reflectivity. Concentrating on the application of mirrored materials and both artificial and natural lighting, the design encapsulates the illusion of large space.
Unexpected, playful, curious, captivating.
Decorflay was inspired by the Canary Island Date Palm and it’s beautiful aging dance. As the palm ages, its’ layers peel back over time, exposing newer, young and lively layers, however, retaining it’s older layers. This creates an astounding texture and offers a look into each tree’s age. This movement of aging inspired the design behind this wine and small plates bar, Decorflay. In the structural and furniture design, you will experience pieces and places that not only appear to peel back from the walls, floors, and ceilings, but finishes that also encapsulate the act of peeling, keeping the experience captivatingly curious.
Practical, sustainable, encompassing, reflecting.
This tiny home was designed for a couple living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Upon the first meeting and conversation, I discovered that the couple enjoys spending most of their time outdoors, and really wanted their tiny home to reflect their adventurous and spontaneous lifestyle; this was the design goal. We focused on keeping furnishings multi-functional and allowing space for plenty of storage. The couple also showed interest in living as sustainable as possible. Keeping this in mind, I incorporated solar panels, a green roof, a place for gardening, a charcoal activated recycling plumbing system, and concentrated on the application of reclaimed or refurbish materials throughout the entire space.