Nature + Architecture

It’s become a tradition to spend a couple days of my holiday vacation camping in Red River Gorge—this year I traded a tent for a treehouse. And not just a shed a few feet off the ground—Observatory Treehouse is an off-the-grid 4-level piece of art suspended in a cliff side. Read more of this post

Pass Your Plate

FRCH | Pass Your Plate

“The most indispensable ingredient of all good home cooking: love for those you are cooking for.” – Sophia Loren

We firmly agree with Ms. Loren so for our holiday “card” this year our team decided to gather our favorite recipes from around the firm and share the stories behind the food (along with some pretty mouthwatering recipes…).

Every family has a story to tell, welcome to ours … so pass your plate and allow us to share our joy, memories and waistline with you this holiday season.  Read more of this post

FRCH | 48 at the CAC

FRCH 48 Anniversary Party, Creative Fuel, CAC

FRCH was founded in 1968 and one of our greatest traditions is the annual Anniversary Party, a night to celebrate another year of great design and look forward to the future.  We recently celebrated our 48th year in business at the Contemporary Arts Center (otherwise known as the Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art, or simply the CAC) in downtown Cincinnati. And like FRCH, the CAC has a rich history of its own. Read more of this post

How to Make a Built in Bookcase

bsrendBuilt-ins give a richness to a room, both residential and commercial.  Here is a foolproof way of creating a unique bookcase with a display shelf inspired by retail millwork. Read more of this post

Fast Company NY: How to Strengthen Your Customer Experience

Fast Company, Innovation Festival, NYC, FRCH Creative Fuel

Fast Company’s 2nd annual Innovation Festival brought together an amazing line-up of innovative thinkers-and-doers from across a wide spectrum of industries. Of particular interest was a session with Danny Meyer of the Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG) and Neil Blumenthal of Warby Parker, to discuss the impact of technology on customer experience, both in retail and restaurants. Along with creating a stimulating discussion on the topic of technology, the conversation also highlighted the growing importance of a “hospitality” mindset far beyond the world of restaurants and hotels. Read more of this post

Bonjour de Montréal

Montreal, IRDC, Creative Fuel

Every year the International Retail Design Conference (IRDC) selects a city that is a leading curator of retail trends. This year’s host was Montréal – a city that celebrates its history while exuding a contemporary flair, edgy style and a thriving cosmopolitan energy. Combined with a plethora of retail stores, an expansive range of dining options and diverse neighborhoods to explore, this year’s host city was the total package.  Read more of this post

Building a Hobby CNC

CNC, Creative Fuel
About six months ago I moved back to Cincinnati from Chicago, and one of my goals in coming back was to get my hands dirty and have a creative outlet that didn’t fall strictly into the architecture realm. I had just wrapped up my ARE’s and it felt like it was time for a bit of fun. Largely inspired by the amazing work showcased at the FRCH Maker’s Faire I decided to take a leap of faith and rent a small space at Essex Studios in East Walnut Hills. I have always wanted to combine my appreciation of technology and woodworking, and a CNC (that’s computer numeric control) seemed like the perfect place to start. Read more of this post