GlobalShop 2016: Some Of My Favorite Things

GlobalShop 2016, FRCH Creative Fuel

Last week I traveled with several FRCH-ers to Las Vegas to attend the 2016 GlobalShop trade show. It was my first experience to this particular show and I wasn’t disappointed. While I’m a veteran of NeoCon, this was an entirely different experience. Read more of this post

How to Make a Pirates Ship Wheel

IMG_0399If you’ve built the Cannon, now you need a Ships Wheel.  You’ll need a lathe, router and a bandsaw (or jigsaw). Read more of this post

Kem Weber Chair Build

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Kem Weber (Karl Emanuel Martin Weber) is best known as the architect of the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California.  Walt Disney hired Weber in the late 1930’s (after the success of Snow White) to not only design the studio, but also the interiors and furnishings needed to operate an animation studio. Weber even created a font for the studio that is still used today. The picture above shows one of his chair designs, “The Airline Chair,” being used by some of the animators in the 1950’s, during the production of Sleeping Beauty.   Read more of this post

Adding People to a Rendering

Adding People to Renderings, Creative FuelWhy add people?  On a practical note, they add a sense of scale.  On an emotional level, they allow the client to see the space being used and it gives the project life and interest.   Read more of this post

GlobalShop 2015

FRCH Design, GlobalShop 2015
A group of thirteen FRCH designers were recently given the opportunity to explore the vast floor of GlobalShop 2015, an annual retail design conference held in Las Vegas. Everything from fixture manufacturers and mannequin displays to Cirque-du-Soleil and Latin dancing were explored. This is an overview of highlights from the tradeshow and our favorite Las Vegas sights. Read more of this post

A Brief History of Construction Materials

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“There exists a dynamic exchange between the life of matter and the matter of our lives.”

-Reiser and Umemeto

Each material has its own unique way of acting and reacting with its environment. As designers we are responsible for creating the appropriate expression for each condition. Whether this is executed through scale, patterns, joinery, or structural articulation depends on the nature of the material itself. However, the complexity and sheer volume of today’s innovative products can make it seem like we need to be scientists to understand the behavior of many contemporary materials. This entry is part one of a series on unraveling that myth. As a designer by day and aspiring materials scientist by night, I hope to give some insight into how new materials behave and inspire ideas about how we can express these behaviors through design. In lieu of the 45th anniversary of FRCH, I thought it would be appropriate to start by taking a look back at the history of traditional building materials, and what was primarily available to work with when the firm started in 1968.

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Infused Veneer: Digital Prints from B&N

As designers we add graphics to architecture to bring life, excitement and impact to our retail and hospitality spaces. Infused Veneers, a new line of panels from B&N, gives designers a library of 100’s of images to work with.

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