Rise Projects LLC is a full service architecture and design firm founded and led by Karen Frome with a vision for thoughtful materiality and balancing the elegant with the bold. We approach each project as an exploration between our office and the client. We start projects by learning about the inspirations and the expectations for a project, looking at the possibilities and listening to our clients’ needs. Through this attentive approach Rise Projects LLC has built a relationship with clients who frequently return to us for subsequent projects.
Our in-house team at Rise culls the expertise of our longstanding consultants to ensure that a project is seamlessly executed. We deftly solve difficult situations and enjoy bringing creative and fresh thinking to to a wide array of challenges.
PAC discovers the untapped potential of the existing to create something new.
Renovation and Addition is a strategy we embrace. The initial methodology we apply with each design is the simple need for research. Any existing context has its own programmatic, structural and volumetric principles that have to be understood and respected. Sometimes only a minimal intervention is sufficient to reveal the quality and character of an existing site. Our design intention is to combine the new with the old in an unexpected way, making an architecture at once familiar and unique. We are interested in projects of various scales – ranging from small interiors to urban masterplans – and look forward to each new challenge.
PAC was founded by Anne Menke and Richard Sharam in 2011 and is based in Berlin.
Our approach seamlessly bridges the way things are designed and the way they are made, combining cues from industry and craft. To achieve that we reinterpret old archetypes into an honest design and construction language. We reuse traditional techniques and joinery to create strong moments and connections. The result is work with personality, function and purpose. In practice, our pieces provide many expressive “windows” through which the user enters.
SABO project is a Brooklyn-based design office investigating the fields of architecture, furniture design, set design, installations and environmental strategies. Through an optimistic sabo(tage) of each project substance, our practice aims to identify unexpected means of contemporary relevance. The office focuses on the design of places where one can act differently and perhaps think differently.
PARA Project is an office for architecture based in New York City, directed by principal, Jon Lott. The firm works on projects of varying scales and media: from cultural, institutional, and residential work, to events and international competitions.
Doug Weibel is trained and licensed as an architect (RA-Arizona) and has accumulated extensive experience designing and constructing modern projects for internationally recognized architect-led design-build practices. His combination of design pedigree and on-site construction management skills are the result of an interest in more directly linking design and construction. Weibel Projects Ltd serves his vision of providing high-quality residential products while simplifying the process of building for clients.
MAP is a creative consultancy that specialises in strategy-led industrial design. MAP was founded in London in 2012 to give clients a more intelligent, end to end approach to industrial design. Its growing team is a multi-disciplinary mix of experienced industrial designers, strategists and innovation experts.
history s t y l e m e e t s p e o p l e
SMP/Space M Projects, Inc. was established in NEW YORK in 1986 withvision and passion for introducing stylish lifestyle products and personal gifts designed mostly by American designers, craftsmen and artists for the Japanese market.
Buying and distributing designed-in-USA products for the Japanese market in the past years, we have been known for our creative buying and merchandising in home decoration, table tops, bath & home fragrance, stationery and kids stuff. Focusing on the USA market, at the April show of EX・TRACTS 2001 in New York, we launched and introduced our original brand, " DEAR PEAR " collection for bath and home fragrance along with our selection of the imported items mainly from Japan. We were delighted to be selected as among the finalists to be nominated for "Best Overall Products Award" at our first debut EX.TRACTS show.
And then we had our first Accent on Design Show in the New York Gift Fair in January, 2002 and received fabulous responses from the buyers and press.
In the Spring, 2003, we moved from Tribeca to Flatiron district to open our new showroom/buying office at the New York Gift Building, 225 Fifth Avenue.
In the summer of 2005, we relocated our showroom / buying office to "7 WEST NEW YORK" - the new premium gift mart in New York, focusing on our own original BATH & HOMEFRAGRANCE collection, Japan Lifestyle Design products and International Designers Collection.
t i m e l e s s q u a l i t y i n s t y l e + t i m e l y e l e m e n t i n d e s i g n
The products have been carefully selected and coordinated in colors, forms and textures for timeless quality
in style and timely element in design. Season by season, new and fresh colors and items have been blended
and edited in enhancing the simplicity and beauty of the products selected creating comfort for bath and home.
We have communicated and worked with creative people and those who enjoy sharing our passion and vision
in creating the style and collection.
We would like to introduce the products, which reflect personality and originality of who created, yet they should
be naturally blended in the lifestyle of people who live with.
Our mission and goal is creating the total environment for making personal lifestyle and home simple and comfortable.
Our time and life is precious and pleasure. We will continue to focus ourselves on the details in design for harmony
and joy of living.
BUTTRICK PROJECTS ARCHITECTURE+DESIGN creates thoughtful, elegant, buildings and interiors designed to the specific vision and program of each client, and to the context of each site.
We use the design process to solve spacial relationships and create compositions for modern lifestyles, ventures and workplaces. Careful listening and observing allow projects to unfold organically out of myriad influences. We always seek new and unexpected ways of seeing, and work collaboratively to remain open and aware of opportunities that will benefit each outcome.
Our studio works on an intentional spectrum of custom design projects including new houses, residential remodels, flagship commercial spaces, retail, restaurants, offices, and institutional facilities. A keen interest in new typologies and new urbanism in addition to sustainability guide us as we try to help enrich the built environment.
We design responsibly, creating integrated, energy-efficient, healthy, lasting structures. Inherent to our process are considerations such as passive solar principles, the reuse and salvaging of building materials, opportunities for natural drainage, connections and transitions between indoor and outdoor spaces, the conscientious use of natural resources, and the most forward-thinking, innovative seismic standards.
The eyewear designer Selima Salaun and I began a creatively driven side-project (called Project Selima & Matt) aimed to help select art organizations and nonprofits.
In September of 2009, we introduced our first project with the art magazine, The Thing Quarterly, and the writer Jonathan Lethem. A limited-edition pair of eyeglass frames with text on the interior arms was created. The text relates to Jonathan's book, CHRONIC CITY. The eyeglass frames and case were sent to subscribers and are being sold individually at select retailers. All proceeds benefit The Thing Quarterly.
The Thing is a quarterly periodical in the form of an object. Each year, four artists, writers, musicians or filmmakers are invited to create an everyday object that somehow incorporates text. The object is reproduced and hand wrapped at wrapping parties and then mailed to the homes of the subscribers with the help of the United States Postal Service.
Our second project with the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. will become available in July.
For more information on The Thing Quarterly or Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. please visit, www.thethingquarterly.com, www.superherosupplies.com, and www.826nyc.org
The Common Project was established as an open platform to promote simple, high-concept and practical furniture and product design. At the core of the project stands the philosophy to achieve intelligent and authentic products with a high aesthetic life expectancy and functionality and to collaborate with anonymous and up-and-coming designers, celebrating the processes and stories behind their products. The Common Project is a design group led by architects and designers based on Los Angeles, Barcelona, and Mexico City.
Normal Projects/Michael Chen Architecture is an architecture practice producing both built commissioned work and design research. We integrate diverse thinking about architecture, interiors, products, infrastructure, and urbanism to produce work that embodies an enduring fascination with intricacy and the interactions of multiple systems and elements. Our approach is deeply informed by curiosity and a love of tinkering, of drawing, of discourse, and of making. We believe in technology, and make extensive use of specialized digital tools and platforms for design, fabrication, and collaboration. These are key to our practice and inform both new ways of working and exploration into new ways of living with, producing, and thinking about architecture.
When the founding members of a design collective all hail from the powerhouse firm Nendo, you can expect their work to be both disciplined and prolific. Such is the case with Takt Project, a multidisciplinary studio based in Tokyo founded by Atsushi Honda, Yoshitaka Ito, Satoshi Yoshiizumi, and Takeshi Miyazaki. The group works on a wide range of projects, from socially driven endeavors like improving wheelchair design to wristwatches for Sony’s under-the-radar wearable tech start-up. Reinvention is a recurring theme in the studio, as seen in the 3-Pring Product line—3-D printed components that people can use to transform readily available, inexpensive products from retailers like Muji. Riffing on the idea of sampling in music, Takt created a bracket that can be used to join run-of-the-mill acrylic storage bins to build a console, and a unit that allows someone to string an ordinary light socket through an acrylic storage box to create a pendant light. “The words of greats from the past taught me that design is not about the beauty of shapes or styling,” says Yoshiizumi, “but rather adding a creative and novel interpretation to existing ways of thinking.”