12 December 2014

Personal Travel Sketches

These are some of my personal travel sketches from Study Abroad program in 2013. Enjoy!
-Sherif Sugiyama

Villa Rotonda in Vicenza, Italy

Camposanto Monumentale in Pisa, Italy

Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy

Piazza San Marco in Venezia, Italy

Duomo Dogale di Palmanova, Italy

From the left:

Baroque portal seen in the Old Quarter of Krakow, Poland

Portal of Uica Kanonicza in Krakow, Poland

Mitoraj's sculpture at Courtyard of Collegium Iuridicum of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland

From the left:

Mitoraj's sculpture at Poznan shopping mall in Poznan, Poland

Statue of Apollo in Poznan, Poland

Entrance to Fara Poznanska in Poznan, Poland

Sketches inVenezia, Italy

 Bibliotheca Alexandria, Egypt

Void in Jewish Museum Berlin, Germny

08 December 2014

Kinoya Restaurant | Jean de Lessard

In Japan, an "Izakaya" is a traditional bar and a place of socialization. Here at Kinoya, the narrow space forces to relate to one another, and creates a space that bonds the occupants.

Wood from local barns are reused as finish for the interior, and it was assembled irregularly and with angularity to help muffle the ambient noise.

Drawings and graffitis catches eye and confirm the urban character of this Japanese Bar. Kakemono banners that are used in the streets also vividly expresses the Japanese tradition.

Read more about this project here.

05 December 2014

Famous Buildings in Gingerbread!

Gingerbread is a classic Christmas staple and although we appreciate its many forms, men, snaps, and sometimes even cake, our favorite form is the house. Are you surprised? We are architects after all. While building gingerbread houses isn't exactly like building a real home, we do appreciate the intricacy and meticulous design that goes into building a true gingerbread house masterpiece.

Here are some of our favorite buildings re-imagined as gingerbread houses!

The Eiffel Tower
The White House
Taj Mahal
Tower Bridge in London
Radio City Music Hall

See more incredible gingerbread houses here!

19 November 2014

Boathouse | TYIN tegnestue

This used to be a traditional Norwegian boathouse for boat and fishing gear storage. The existing condition of the boathouse was decayed and had to be torn down, but placement of sensible honest materials has revived this simple house to be a recreational space for summer time. 

Most of the materials that were used were salvaged and reused. The windows from the client’s farmhouse were also used on the project. Norwegian pine saturated with a by-product from the sugar cane industry gives the exterior cladding a grey patina.

Learn more about this project here!

14 November 2014


It’s that entertaining time of year when family & friends are coming for dinner and party season is in full swing.  Does your entryway welcome guests to your home?  Here are some key considerations for a welcoming and functioning foyer as well as links to some of our current, favorite entryway finds:

An ENTRY TABLE provides a drop zone for keys, phones & handbags for both you and guests.  It’s also great display space for seasonal decor, a special photo or an interesting table lamp.

Rustic Storage Console at WEST ELM

For lighting, consider a fun CHANDELIER or interesting PENDANT.  Either works well in a foyer to illuminate the entry as well as to further define the space as special.

Diamond Kiss Pendant at DOT & BO

COAT HOOKS or RACKS provide guests self-serve access to their coats, scarves & belongings.

Splash Coat Rack by BLUDOT

MIRRORS work double duty in an entry providing an opportunity to reflect light as well as provide that quick 
vanity check.

Fleur Framed Mirrow at DOT & BO

SEATING, whether a single chair, stool or bench allow guest to remove shoes or set bags.

The LIFT Storage Bench at CB2

For flooring consider an area rug, specifically a RUNNER that helps define the entryway as its own space as well as minimizing dirt tracked into the home.  Runners come in all kinds of fun colors and can easily be swapped out depending on your tastes and the season.

Voyages Geometric Rug from ALL MODERN

Send out those invitations...now you're ready to welcome guests into your home!