Tag Archives: Design


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A couple of weeks ago we had the chance to visit The Independent, the tallest skyscraper in Austin, Texas.  Located on West 5th by the Seaholm District, we were able to get a quick deep-dive into its development and how this building will evolve Austin’s skyline.  Special thanks to Tim FitzGerald, Quality Control Manager for Balfour Beatty US, for giving us a site tour.

Striving for LEED Gold this residential high-rise will be home of 370 high-end condos with amenities that include: infinity edge heated pool, ‘sky’ fitness center, yoga and barre studio, 25-person theater, business center, board room, conference rooms, owner’s lounge, chef’s and catering kitchen, private dining space, children’s activity room and playground, dog park with grooming station and lounge, club room and coffee bar, landscaped outdoor lounge with fireplace, and even guest suites for those unexpected out of town family visits.

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In our most recent Whole Foods Market store opening in Bridgewater, NY, we had the opportunity to design eclectic details that embrace the township’s colonial architecture with a contemporary touch that resembles our modern world.

Entering the store one can be captivated by the floor to ceiling brick store facade that invites you into WFM’s ‘Plant & Plate’ store within in a store concept.  The natural brick ‘store’ is a home and garden concept that sells planters and plants, kitchen ware, bath, and home decor.

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Smart Thermostat for the iGeneration

As today’s generation grows accustomed to the increasingly popular trend of simple-to-use, touch-screen devices, archaic hardware such as home thermostats look more and more out of place.  Thankfully Tony Fadell, the original iPod designer, has taken it upon himself to make a next-gen thermostat called Nest that is much more pleasing to the eye as well as crazy easy to use.  Wired.com has a great piece about Fadell’s Nest project which describes all of it’s great features and showcases it’s great design.  Who thought saving the planet could look so good?  Price: $250


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