Leaders of The New School | Platform LA

IMG_3055While in Los Angeles a couple weeks ago I soaked in a little more than sunny skies and heavy traffic. I spied Platform LA, an eye-catching retail concept situated in the often skipped over, but up-and-coming, Culver City. At first, the shopping district appears to take the form of a familiar outdoor mall but quickly revealed a refreshing twist – one-off retailers, restaurants, and art galleries for a destination-worthy, shopping experience. Platform LA serves up a branded shopping experience with a distinct “between the brands” expression that comes across through their tailored curation of retailers, a commitment to the arts, respite inspired landscaping, and an encouraging tone of voice that acts as a playful counter to their on-site wayfinding. Read more of this post

Big Data Creates Big Magic at Walt Disney World


I’ve grown up going to Walt Disney World in Orlando every few years for practically my entire life. So, I’ve seen a lot the changes and improvements they’ve made over the years. I remember when they moved from printed tickets to ticket cards and then the introduction of the FastPass system in 1999 – but my all-time favorite technology has been the MagicBand and MyMagic+ system they launched in 2013. Read more of this post

A Signature Experience | New Riff Distilling

The Signature Experiences series continues, our 2nd adventure was to visit New Riff Distilling, which opened a few years ago just across the river from our Cincinnati office. It is so young that their bourbon is still sleeping in barrels, and they are currently bottling other brands until they are ready to bottle their own bourbon. Read more of this post

Beyond the 3 x 6 White Tile

CeramicTech Italy Trip

This year I had the opportunity to travel abroad with Ceramic Technic. Many of their factories and showrooms are based out of the Bologna area of Italy. Our days were filled with showroom tours exposing us to the European favorite: ‘large format tile’ (because of its sleek and modern appearance) as well as the most beautiful hand-painted tile. Read more of this post

A Signature Experience | The Candle Lab

Each FRCH studio consists of a combination of architects, interior designers, graphic designers, resource specialists, strategists, and project managers. We all work together to deliver ownable on-brand moments for our clients and their guests each and every day. But how do we align and unite our disciplines across studios to create an opportunity for new dialogue and encourage sparking anew to keep our creative juices flowing? Read more of this post

Anila Quayyum Agha

Anila Quayyum Agha, Cincinnati Art Musem

The FRCH Creative Culture Committee took some lucky FRCH-ers on a field trip last week to the Cincinnati Art Museum to experience the art of Pakistani-American artist Anila Quayyum Agha. The exhibit entitled, All the Flowers Are for Me (Red), was created using laser-cut steel and light. Light emanates from the red lacquered cube, enveloping the gallery in intricate shadows that ripple and change as visitors move through the space. A few FRCH-ers share their reactions to the stunning display: Read more of this post

The Blending of Retail: RH Chicago

The retail, hospitality and restaurant industries are blending, now more than ever, and there’s no better example than the 3 Arts Club Cafe and the Restoration Hardware flagship in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood. The high-end furniture brand transformed an early-20th-century landmark into a one-of-kind destination – part art gallery, part restaurant – the 70,000 SF space certainly offers more than just retail. Read more of this post