Sweet LA

Duffs Cake Mix, Los Angeles

For every “fresh”, “vegan” and “farm to table” concept in Los Angeles, you will find a cupcake shop, cookie stand, or gourmet bakery to match it (… of course with a Soul Cycle in between). While each one is typically executed in trendy interior design cues, contemporary branding and graphic design, and usually a gesture of visual merchandising – more often than not, the “experience” leaves a lot to be desired. That said, upon a recent trip to LA I stumbled upon two unique “sweet concepts” that allow the experience to transcend the sweet treats themselves (albeit very good in their own right).  Read more of this post

La La Land Retail

Chanel, Roberston Boulevard

On a recent business trip I had the fortunate (and rare) encounter to have a few brief minutes to walk around between meetings. My first opportunity took me between Robertson Boulevard. I have to admit it’s been a while since I have made it to this area of LA…and at first I was disheartened…Robertson Boulevard, my how you have changed! Read more of this post

Urbanspace NYC

UrbanSpace, NYC, FRCH Creative Fuel

A stone’s throw away from Grand Central Terminal, Urbanspace Vanderbilt brings over 20 artisanal and chef-driven food concepts to the heart of Midtown Manhattan. As a year-round culinary destination, Urbanspace NYC has quickly become one of New York’s most buzzed about food halls, featuring an unbeatable selection of rotating concepts inside a truly iconic New York space. Read more of this post

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

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

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