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Hotel X Design Showcase

Hotel X Design Showcase

Dressing A Showcase in Stone

Materiality plays a big role in the functionality, sustainability, and aesthetic of public and private spaces for home, culture, and play. Designing a Coverings’16 Showcase was an opportunity to play with material goods, disrupt the norm, and highlight stone products to reflect a sense of place and playful spirit in a boutique hotel lobby.

DuPage Children’s Museum Renovation 2015

DuPage Children’s Museum Renovation 2015

We did it, the reviews are in and we received a 5 star rating…There were audible gasps of joy and delight.  Everyone came together and with one big push…..we were open!  Thank you for the passion, the hard work and the commitment that had us looking so beautiful at 4:00 today.  The Mayor was truly moved and just in awe of what were able to do in a few months.
~ Sarah Orleans, President & CEO, DuPage Children’s Museum

Chicago Paddle Company

Chicago Paddle Company

Boards in a Box
In its inaugural season at Kathy Osterman Beach in Chicago, the Chicago Paddle Company needed an efficient and affordable way to launch a park district-approved rental and storage station. With YOLO (You Only Live Once) branded boards and sentiment, the Paddle project highlights the adventurous paddle boarder lifestyle and builds awareness of this fast-growing watersport. Container architecture became the resilient, recycled, and recyclable seasonal solution for transforming a bleak stretch of beach into a hub of paddleboarding, family fun, and fitness. 

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!

CODAworx Names Bonner Heritage Farm as Placemaker

CODAworx Names Bonner Heritage Farm as Placemaker

CODAworx features the Bonner Heritage Farm at Lake County Forest Preserves in the latest Flipboard issue of CODAmagazine alongside the amazing Storefront for Art and Architecture Situation Room. 

Happy Face Collection

Happy Face Collection

Born In Brooklyn™
We’re thrilled to announce our The Happy Face Collection, part of the Born In Brooklyn Private Label. The collection is produced and sold via  Fun Finders.

We see furniture and interactive elements for play and learning as objects of delight; saying to children “this is for you!”.

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.

Playmakers

Playmakers

The summer issue Modern Luxury Interiors Chicago (page 168) perches Sharon and Peter atop the Carson Pirie Scott Building, 12 floors above State Street. Editor Diana Tychsen Bitting nailed our story, photographer Katrina Wittkamp captured the moment and some delicious Louis Sullivan ornament and our city served as our backdrop. Cool!  

Read it for yourself…

Form Follows Beauty

Form Follows Beauty

Form Follows Beauty, was presented in a fall PechaKucha by our very own Peter Exley, FAIA. Listen as Peter speaks about the relationship between art, design, architecture, lines, curves, and sensuality as well as the feminine form. Peter shows and tells – chit chatting about his artwork, created using what many would consider an unconventional tool.