What Keeps a Great Music Venue Great?

What Keeps a Great Music Venue Great?

Rock ‘n’ roll addicts, we’ve spent many formative and memorable evenings, ear plugs in place, at renown rock venues. The best venues seem to have as Gibson Guitars so eloquently wrote: “…a raggedly dilapidated quality that feels part and parcel of rock music itself.”
So when renovating a venue as we’re doing right now, how do we retain its inherent authenticity, vibe, and heritage?

Playing with Laminate Design

Playing with Laminate Design

Wilsonart X Me

Hot off the press!  Sharon Exley’s touting one of Architecture Is Fun’s favorite products, Wilsonart custom laminates, in full page ads found in Contract Magazine, Design: Retail, Metropolis Magazine and Hospitality Design magazine!

Color Is Heroic

Color Is Heroic

Regardless of typology, size or scale, choosing to use color as an influence in architecture and design makes its own bold statement.
It is brave to design with color.  ~ Sharon Exley

God Is In The Details: Lego™ as Theology

God Is In The Details: Lego™ as Theology

Winters in Chicago are long. Housebound over bleak weekends and chilly evenings, we began to entertain ourselves with creative projects. Our favorite activity has been assembling the Lego Architecture kits, historic sites and contemporary masterpieces, which we’d collected as each limited edition set had been released. Our penchant for play and a belief that busy hands are happy hands led us to construct replicas by Frank Lloyd Wright, Sir Charles Barry, James Hoban, SOM, Mies van der Rohe and others—and we were warmed by the delight we found in building together.

What’s Cooking? Building Community Through Commercial Kitchens

What’s Cooking? Building Community Through Commercial Kitchens

What’s Cooking?
#Cooking   #ChefsKitchens   #MicroEnterprise   #communitykitchen   @GEMonogram   @GE_Appliances  #SacredSpaces

We just returned from four days of camaraderie and cooking at the GE Monogram Experience Center (MEC) in Louisville, Kentucky.  It was a trip filled full of appliance understanding and ending with new friends – fellow architects, kitchen designers, interior designers, and dealers, too. Sure, we’ve been treated to the “experience” so we can all learn more about their high-end of appliances, but seeing manufacturing being brought back home was truly inspiring; Made in America does have meaning. One could hardly imagine so many hands fitting together your new refrigerator as it comes to life on the factory floor. 

Playroom Design Thinking Featured on Houzz

Playroom Design Thinking Featured on Houzz

Engaging the Community
Since talking with Frank Lloyd Wright about playspaces isn’t possible (short of holding a seance), Houzz editor and fellow architect Bud Dietrich talked to the wife and husband design team of Architecture is Fun.