Tuesday, August 25, 2015

3M Further Amplifies Design with Announcement of New 3M Design Center

3M, the global innovation company long recognized for diversified technology and collaboration, announced the development of the 3M Design Center, an incubator for progressive ideation and the creative heartbeat at 3M. 

Underscoring the 3M Design mission that revolves around collaborative creativity, the new facility will be the central hub for design professionals with multi-disciplinary expertise, driving competitive advantage, customer experience and positive global impact.

Rendering: 3M Design Center Exterior (Photo: MSR Design)

"This important initiative will elevate design and propel dynamic opportunity to enhance everything from branding solutions to product innovation to sustainability and social impact," says Eric Quint, Chief Design Officer at 3M, who is at the helm of this design transformation. 
"Design Thinking is about unlocking future value in partnership with research & development and marketing. Our collective goal will be to deliver transformative value for 3M, its partners and customers."

Located at 3M headquarters in St. Paul, MN, the 3M Design Center will stimulate creativity as an open, multi-level studio environment, four times the size of the current design space. The interior architecture will incorporate use of 3M solutions and technologies throughout, as well as energy efficient systems and recycled materials demonstrating that sustainable, smart design supports a better future. 

Flexible spaces - including a fast prototyping lab, materials library, brand labs and an interactive area known as the "Design Hive" - will foster spontaneous connections and ignite cross-functional collaboration among partners, thought leaders, customers and colleagues at 3M headquarters, connected to 3M Design studios around the globe.
Rendering: Interactive area, known as the "Design Hive" at the 3M Design Center (Photo: MSR Design)

As 3M continues to apply science in imaginative ways around the world, design helps translate insights into useful solutions, bringing meaningful experiences to life every day. 

Quint adds, "With our diverse product portfolio, Design represents a critical and strategic platform to define and differentiate 3M, bridging our strong legacy of innovation with creativity toward the future, uniting purpose with partnership."

3M Design applies integrated, creative thinking to identify future customer needs that innovate industries. Ranging from digital applications in the dental business to the migration of safety materials and technologies into the fashion world, 3M products cast a global footprint with design as a catalyst for change. The new Design Center will provide a timely complement to such initiatives, enriching innovation and enhancing new business opportunity.

Development of the new 3M Design Center builds upon recent momentum that is driving design forward at 3M, evident in the elevation of design leadership and governance, which yields business value and impact on a global scale. 

The award-winning design team continues to receive international recognition for design excellence. In 2014, 3M Design received more than 25 awards across multiple creative disciplines, and recently, two 3M products received Red Dot "Best of The Best" design awards for product design among nearly 5,000 entries. The ceremony took place at a gala event attended by international media, design experts and manufacturers in Essen, Germany. Later this week, 3M Design will be presented with a Top Winner International Design Excellence Award (IDEA) by the Industrial Designers Society of America.

About 3M Design

3M Design is the creative engine driving design for brand and innovation at 3M. As a global team of diverse talent that creates meaningful and consistent brand experiences, we stimulate collaborative creativity to translate insights into solutions that inspire and positively impact our customers, our employees, and our world. 3M is a global innovation company with $32 billion in sales, employing 90,000 people worldwide with operations in more than 70 countries. 

For more information about 3M Design, visit www.3M.com/design or follow @3MDesign on Twitter.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Mid-Century Modern Demo Home by Surefield


Gorgeous Mid-Century Modern Remodel Nestled in Desirable Seattle Neighborhood.

Home from SurefieldHome from Surefield


The kitchen features a 16 foot island with built in dining area and a wall of glass doors that seamlessly open to outdoor kitchen and dining area. The home features walnut floors and combined with custom-built steel staircases connecting the floating living room. There are three bedrooms on the second floor and 2.5 bathrooms.



Year built: 1959
Style: Multi-level
View: Mountain, sound, territorial

Lot size: 8550
Finished space: 3050

Interior features: Bath off master, walk in closet, double pane windows
Flooring: Ceramic tile, hardwood, wall to wall carpet

Appliances: Dishwasher, microwave,range/oven, refrigerator
Energy: Natural gas
Heating system: Forced air, wall
Exterior: Metal/vinyl, wood, wood products
Roof: Flat
Foundation: Poured
Site features: Cable TV, deck, gas available
Lot: Curbs, paved street, sidewalk

Garage type: Attached
Parking spots: 2

School district: Seattle
Elementary school: Seattle
Middle school: Seattle
High school: Seattle

All photos courtesy of Surefield.

For more information please visit: surefield.com/property/aac

50 Storey AYKON Nine Elms to Feature Interiors by Versace Home

Luxury real estate developer DICO UK Property Holdings Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of DAMAC International Limited, has announced the first of its fashion residences in London with a 50-storey, 360 unit project with interior designs by Versace. 

The residents lounge at AYKON Nine Elms offers 360-degree views of London.

The lobby, amenities and interiors for each property will be expertly designed and fitted out by Versace Home.
Amenities will include a state of the art gymnasium, indoor swimming pool and spa, an owners lounge, children’s play area, roof garden and cinema, all designed by Versace Home.

The indoor swimming pool at AYKON Nine Elms with unrivalled views of the city.
Luxury permeates every element of AYKON Nine Elms with Interiors by Versace Home. 

AYKON Nine Elms is located at the heart of the UK capital’s Nine Elms regeneration area adjacent to Battersea, overlooking the River Thames. The tower is due for completion in 2020. AYKON Nine Elms will be the first private residence project of scale in London to be fully designed and conceptualized by a luxury fashion house, with Versace involved in all aspects of interior design.

Versace interior design and styling raises the bar of luxury living in the capital.

AYKON Nine Elms combines a mix of premium penthouses, three-, two-, one-bedroom and Manhattan Studio units with City and River views along the Thames to the Palace of Westminster and the London Eye.

Floor to ceiling windows take advantage of the expansive London views.

Gian Giacomo Ferraris, CEO of Versace said: “Versace is synonymous with fashion and luxury and its participation in the real estate business provides the opportunity to fully experience the Versace lifestyle. In recent years, the private residential projects have become a strategic part of the Versace world. Today, thanks to the collaboration with DICO UK Property Holdings Ltd and DAMAC – a developer who we have worked with for many years and who shares our vision for the highest standards – we bring the ultimate expression of Versace’s lifestyle to the very heart of London.”

AYKON Nine Elms, designed by architects Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF).

London continues to be one of the most sustainable real estate markets in the world, with solid year-on-year price growth circa 6% according to real estate advisory firm, JLL. Analysts expect house price inflation in the region of 5-7% in the coming years.

AYKON Nine Elms is set to be an iconic tower in the heart of London.

“There is a huge appetite from our current global customer base for luxury property investments in London,” said Hussain Sajwani, Chairman of DAMAC. “AYKON Nine Elms presents an unrivalled opportunity for them to access the stable and established London market. AYKON Nine Elms, with Versace-branded living, is a truly unique concept and a fantastic addition to the residential market in this amazing cultural and vibrant city.”

“It also presents prospective buyers with an unrivalled opportunity to own a luxurious central London home, in close proximity to the luxury shopping destinations Knightsbridge and Mayfair, Chelsea and the planned Linear Park.”

All photos courtesy of AYKON. Further information is available at www.aykonproperties.com

Internationally recognised companies are working on the project including one of the world’s prominent architecture firms, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, Turner & Townsend and consultants including JLL and WSP.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

The BEACH by Snarkitecture

The BEACH is an interactive architectural installation designed by Snarkitecture for the National Building Museum. 

The National Building Museum presents a one-of-a-kind destination for visitors, an interactive architectural installation that brings the quintessential summer experience of going to the beach to downtown Washington, D.C. Spanning across the Museum's Great Hall, the BEACH, created in partnership with Snarkitecture, will cover 10,000 square feet and include an "ocean" of nearly one million recyclable translucent plastic balls.

The BEACH is contained within an enclosure and built out of construction materials such as scaffolding, wooden panels, and perforated mesh, all clad in stark white. Monochromatic beach chairs and umbrellas sprinkle the 50-foot wide "shoreline," and the "ocean" culminates in a mirrored wall that creates a seemingly infinite reflected expanse. Visitors are welcome to "swim" in the ocean, or can spend an afternoon at the "shore's" edge reading a good book, play beach-related activities such as paddleball, grab a refreshing drink at the snack bar, or dangle their feet in the ocean off the pier.

Enjoy our snack concession, operated through a partnership with Union Kitchen, a D.C.-based food incubator.

Taking cues from the familiar experience of a summer day at the beach, Snarkitecture has abstracted both the natural and cultural elements of the beach to create a reduced, monochromatic environment inside the museum's Great Hall. Standard construction materials like scaffolding, drywall, and mirrors are utilized to create the enclosure that leads to an ocean of 750,000 recyclable plastic balls. 

The Beach welcomes visitors to explore, play and relax in a fully immersive and unique setting.

Photos by Noah Kalina - noahkalina.com

401 F Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

10 am-5 pm
Sunday: 11 am-5 pm

The Building Zone closes at 4 pm.

Free access to the Great Hall,
historic building tours,
Museum Shop, & cafe.

Exhibition admission:
$8 for adults
$5 for youth, students, & seniors
$3 a person for Building Zone only
Free for Museum members

WATCH | Web designer and photographer Andy Feliciotti's Vlog about "The Beach"

About Snarkitecture
Snarkitecture is a collaborative and experimental practice operating in territories between art and architecture. The name is drawn from Lewis Carroll's The Hunting of The Snark, a poem describing an "impossible voyage of an improbable crew to find an inconceivable creature." 

Snarkitecture investigates the unknown within architecture - the indefinable moments created by manipulating and reinterpreting existing materials, structures and programs to spectacular effect. 

Exploring the boundaries of disciplines, the studio designs permanent, architectural scale projects and functional objects with new and imaginative purposes. Snarkitecture's approach focuses on the viewer's experience and memory, creating moments of wonder and interaction that allow people to engage directly with their surrounding environment. By transforming the familiar into the extraordinary, Snarkitecture makes architecture perform the unexpected. 

Snarkitecture was established by Alex Mustonen and Daniel Arsham.

For more information please visit Snarkitecture - www.snarkitecture.com