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.

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. 

Calvary Assembly Church

Calvary Assembly Church

Converting a Multiplex Cinema
Having made a huge investment in converting a cinema into their new home, Calvary Assembly Church wondered if Phase One would have enough appeal and presence to make that critical first impression and function well, servicing a growing congregation.

 

Architecture Is Fun Team

Architecture Is Fun Team

Architecture Is Fun, Inc. makes everyday life fun.

Architecture Is Fun is a collaborative practice that explores the nexus of architecture, education and experience. For the past decade, this small, yet, successful studio has spread its influence as educative design strategists, consulting to major organizations in myriad fields, from museums and schools to foundations and associations, on a wide range of issues but always with a long-standing commitment to build accessible places of learning, living and fun that are indispensable for human growth and development. Thanks to its seminal approach to play, Architecture Is Fun has been tapped to work on such a visually compelling and socially engaging host of museum, library, school, healing, community and public space projects. Renown collaborators, architects and educators Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown called the studio’s oeuvre “work of significance and relevance, joy and seriousness, range and depth.”

St. Chrysostom’s Day School Gothic Garden

St. Chrysostom’s Day School Gothic Garden

Architecture Is Fun transformed a confined back of house space into a showplace bringing in new parishioners and day school parents.
~ Mark Fisher, Church Warden

St. Chrysostom’s Day School

St. Chrysostom’s Day School

A Treehouse Chapel for Early Learning
A glorious gateway to St. Chrysostom, this small project demonstrates how dreary ubiquitous space requiring accessibility, egress and system upgrades was transformed into a relevant, inspiring 685 SF place for learning and play.

Granger Community Church

Granger Community Church

We had faith in your abilities to deliver world-class facilities. The end result is stunning.
~ Tim Stevens, Executive Pastor

Purposeful Play Environments
This children’s facility is mission-driven, in both focus and design, fostering purposeful play by using biblical teachings as its foundation.

Evangelical Free Church of Naperville

Evangelical Free Church of Naperville

The Children’s House
The mandate from the pastor and members of the congregation was that the new Children’s House for the Evangelical Free Church of Naperville be a purpose-driven destination.

Fellowship Missionary Church: Crosstown Children’s Ministry

Fellowship Missionary Church: Crosstown Children’s Ministry

You gave us exactly what we asked for: flexible, fun, functional public space and classrooms that meet our needs, even now, 15 years later.
~ Robin Collins, Director of Children & Student Life