Artisanal Microlobby

March 1, 2016
photo credit: Julie Harmsen


Inspired by the homegrown feel of our new neighborhood, we wanted to bring that spirit into the lobby of 1148. Rather than a classic waiting area with two chairs, a table and polished images of finished work, we envisioned an engaging and creative space to welcome clients, colleagues and other visitors. The artisanal micro-lobby consists of two zones: the display alcove and the ‘design as a verb’ wall.

Display Alcove

In the display alcove, a simple ledge floats off the wall and provides horizontal space for featuring artwork, lighting, small furniture pieces, etc. The ledge itself was harvested from a fallen maple tree on Bainbridge Island and fabricated and finished by Chadhaus, a local furniture maker just a couple blocks away. Chadhaus is also the first quarterly display in the space with four versions of their Vollen Bench. We will continue to work with our co-tenant, Andy Beers of Ore Studios, to curate the quarterly display with local artists and craftspeople.

Design as a Verb

The real magic of design lies in the hands-on process of sketching, making, and imagining new ways to connect people, places, and ideas. Rather than a black box, we see our studio as a kind of sandbox with the right tools and people to give shape to great ideas.

The ‘design as a verb’ wall is an evolving collage of images on a magnetic bulletin board that greets visitors and 1148 inhabitants as they enter. By combining this magnet board and a dedicated wireless printer, we are able to capture design and inspiration “in the wild.” The result is meant to be inspiration for current and future projects and give insight to our design process: detail shots from projects under construction, scenery and wildlife from project sites, action shots of meetings with contractors, consultants and clients, innovative materials and scenes around our neighborhood.