27 March 2015

Stairway to (community) Heaven

Oh.No.Sumo, a design collective in New Zealand designed this installation, called Stairway Cinema as part of an ongoing experiment on how architecture can engage with the community. In today's world where we're constantly connected yet separated by phones and other devices, Oh.No.Sumo sought to create a waiting area under the stairs that would connect a community both virtually and physically. To read more about this awesome project, visit their website here.

20 March 2015

Inside the Artists' Studio

Claude Monet

While there are many iconic works of art that have become widely recognized and immortalized over the years, the artist behind the work of art is usually harder to place. It is always interesting to catch of glimpse of the artist's process and their work spaces. It is an intimate look into the heart and soul that goes into a project, what might have inspired an artist, the environment they chose to be surrounded by. Here at Atelier Drome, we're lucky enough to have an open working space that encourages collaboration and growth among our team members while we work on our projects. Here's a collection of famous artists in their studios, creating masterpieces. To see more, click here.

Roy Lichtenstein
Alexander Calder
Jenny Saville
Pierre Mondrian
Lucian Freud
Gustav Klimt
Pablo Picasso

10 March 2015

Greatest Thing since Sliced Bread

Richard Silver, a New York-based photographer captured these beautiful photographs of famous architectural sights around the world that display the change between light and day. These images consist of 36 slices of different photographs taken during the course of the day, coming together into one timeless photograph. We love being able to witness the transformation a building undergoes through the change in light in one single composition (although we would love even more to see all of this in person.. someday, right?). To see more of Richard Silver's photography, visit his website here.

27 February 2015

The Dress

Unless you've been hiding under a rock, you've probably seen "The Dress" and you probably have your own opinion on what color it is. The debate on whether it is blue/black or white/gold has been tearing apart everything from friendships to marriages and even our office couldn't resist discussing optics and color theory because of this dress. Of course this dress isn't the only thing out there playing tricks on your eyes and your mind so we've rounded up some of the coolest architectural optical illusions for you to puzzle over, just in case the dress isn't frustrating enough.

Shadow Skylines
Nelson Mandela Columns
The Rachel Raymond House
Floating chairs
Australian Customs Service Building

19 February 2015

A Fresh Take on Cafes

Maybe it's our inner Seattleite showing through but we definitely have big ol' soft spots for cool and unique cafes. Of course we love the Seattle classics like Ballard Coffee Works and Cherry Street but how awesome is this Cafe and Bakery in Moscow by Crosby Studios? The bright green and abundance of plants are a lovely change from the usual salvaged wood and understated color palettes that are common in coffeeshops. The natural light makes this cafe seem like a perfect place whether you're catching up on work or with friends! See more on this project here.

12 February 2015

Country House in Quebec

We love how this beautiful project by NatureHumaine is in perfect harmony with its environment. The two stacked volumes gives the illusion that the house is floating above the rugged terrain, setting the house apart without disturbing its surroundings. The clean, sleek lines and neutral color palette utilized throughout the house tie the project together without being the least bit boring. How perfect would this house be for a weekend away with friends and family? To see more on this project, click here!

06 February 2015

Valentine's Day Guide

Valentine's Day is just about a week away and maybe you forgot, maybe you're not very romantic, or maybe you just need help but we imagine a few of you might currently be anxiety-ridden and clueless about where to celebrate. Worry not, because a few of our clients happen to be some of the best restaurants in Seattle!

At Bar Cotto, the bright materials create a simple but elegant atmosphere perfect for Valentine's Day. The custom built light fixtures bathe the restaurant with a romantic ambiance during the evenings.

Staple and Fancy in Ballard uses light strategically to envelope the restaurant with a warm glow that perfectly compliments everything on the delicious menu.

If you're looking for somewhere a little more casual, the muted colors and material palette of Ballard Pizza Company are perfect for you and your loved one!

La Bodega is the perfect lunch spot with its bright colors and flavorful sandwiches.

Looking for a fun Valentine's Day activity? Stop by Flatstick Pub for mini-golf as well as local beer from all over Washington.

Need more ideas? Visit our website to see other spaces we've designed and get inspired. Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

30 January 2015

The Right Side of the Bed

TGIF! While it's been an unusually warm and beautiful week here in Seattle, it hasn't made getting out of bed any easier. It would be a lie to say we're not looking forward to staying in bed all weekend (except during the Super Bowl, obviously!). Check out some of the bedrooms we've designed and see more on our website here!