26 June 2015

Napkin Sketches

As you might expect from architects, we tend to be big fans of doodling. The NewSchool and San Diego American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) took doodles one step further by collecting sketches from some of the most respected architects in the world for a fundraiser to provide scholarships and programs for architecture students. It's awesome to see something as simple as a sketch go toward furthering education! See more sketches here.

19 June 2015

Mirror Labyrinth NY

New York's Brooklyn Bridge Park is offering whimsical and interactive installations as part of an exhibition by Public Art Fund. This exhibit encourages viewers to touch, walk through, and engage with the art, allowing viewers to overcome the typical distance expected at venues like a museum. In addition to the Mirror Labyrinth featured above, the exhibition includes Appearing Rooms, a room enclosed by walls made of jets of water, and several unique park benches. Read more about the project here!

12 June 2015

Pull Some Strings

This week we're loving this installation by Atelier YokYok at St. Stephen's Cathedral in Cahors, southwest France. Called Les Voûtes Filantes, or The Shooting Vaults, this stunning installation was created by stretching blue string between different thin metal arch frames typical of Gothic architecture to echo the style of the cathedral. The strings merge into the shapes of the arches, creating beautiful tunnels that are a whimsical play on light and space. Read more about the project here!

05 June 2015

First Thursday Art Walk


This past Thursday, we participated in Pioneer Square's First Thursday Art Walk for the second time and it was a blast. We hosted Seattle based artist and illustrator Arica Schuett, who focuses primarily on people. Her pieces are unique and vibrant and this collection in particular, was a glimpse into the merits of spending time as an observer of society. 

We're participating every other month so mark your calendars for August 6th and check out our Facebook page for more details about the artist and upcoming events!

22 May 2015

Micro-apartment in Berlin

It's easy to feel like a victim of sensory overload these days when our phones are constantly being bombarded with notifications and we spend the majority of our days staring at brightly lit screens, overexposed to colors and visually over-stimulating images. So sometimes, seeing a minimalist space, like this apartment in Berlin, exercising restraint in design, is just as interesting and compelling as a space with crazy, intricate details. We love the deliberate use of proportions to work with the small area of the apartment as well as space-saving solutions like a staircase that provides enough room for a bookcase if needed. See more of the project here.

15 May 2015

GN Apartment

This week, we've fallen completely in love with this stunning apartment in Brazil. The views, the art, and the antique furniture in the modern space are all spectacular. But it's probably just as well this apartment isn't ours because if it was, we might just never leave! Read more about the project here.

08 May 2015

Reduce, Reuse, RECLAIM

One of our favorite things is to find reclaimed furniture and use it in our modern spaces. As much as we appreciate a good, sturdy piece of mass produced furniture from a certain Swedish retailer, there's just something to be said about finding a vintage piece full of character and history. We especially love looking for fabulous lighting pieces, trim, or wooden doors. And even if there isn't a particular piece we fall in love with, shopping for reclaimed furniture is a huge source of inspiration for textures and tiles. Here's are just a few things Shannon found on her recent shopping expedition for one of our restaurant projects!

30 April 2015

Architecture for Dogs

Many people might wonder about the secret behind our award winning designs  and while we can't give away all the tricks of the trade, it might have to do with the fact our office is very dog friendly! Rex, Lucca, Pete, Bruin, and Zephyr have become the unofficial mascots of Atelier Drome so we couldn't have been more excited to discover this ingenious project by Kenya Hara. Designed specifically with the needs of dogs in mind, this project allows anyone to print out blueprints and build the structures themselves. We love how this project combines such fun and whimsical ideas with practical and accessible execution! See more of the designs here.

24 April 2015

Floor Plans from Popular Television Shows

Here at atelier drome, we're huge fans of everything from House of Cards to The League. When we're not geeking out over deep, exaggerated eaves or hand-crafting light fixtures, you can find us laughing to the point of tears from The Mindy Project. So we couldn't have been more delighted to see these awesome floor plans hand drawn by interior designer Iñaki Aliste Lizarralde. The architectural designs and interior decor revealed in Lizarralde's floor plans are a fun look into the lives of our favorite characters (as if we didn't already feel like Chandler and Joey were our best friends). Check out the rest here!