Sunday, January 30, 2011

Coffee Shop Inspiration

These first 3 images are of a new Avenue 15 Coffee and Tea Shop by Starbucks. I love the rustic appearance and the use of recycled materials in the space.

This Greek bakery has an interesting feature with a bar open to the sidewalk for service and seating on the street.

This chair from Pottery Barn has an industrial look that I like and would be a nice complement to the pre-existing pressed metal ceiling tiles...

...and so would this stool I found on

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

614-618 S. Elm Street

The site for my semester-long individual studio project is a 3-story building on Elm Street in downtown Greensboro, NC. The 1st floor will be a "PB and Java" shop and a community theater space. The 2nd floor (shown below) will consist of guest rooms and dorm rooms for live-in interns to work in the theater and coffee shop. The 3rd floor is currently occupied by the owners of the building, the Jones' family, who have a passion for the theater and a love for the community.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Laser-cut Jewelry

This was a laser-cutting project I completed last semester for my CAD class, but I was unable to post about it until now because I didn't want my sister to see it before I gave it to her as a Christmas gift. The necklace and earrings were designed in the computer program Rhino and color-coded to specify the type of cut. I was inspired by insect and bird wings and used the teardrop shape as a repetitive element to create a unique shape with voids. I made the set out of thin birchwood and then stained different layers to create more depth. The wood was expensive and fragile, so I also made some practice pieces out of chipboard that I intend to paint various colors and wear around myself.