Music Hall Renovation

Music Hall Renovation, FRCH Creative Fuel

A local project in our own backyard, FRCH’s Hospitality and Retail-Mixed Use studios have teamed up on the renovation of Cincinnati’s iconic Music Hall. We were tasked with an overhaul to the environmental graphics and wayfinding strategies in addition to the FF&E packages for the Symphony Offices. As a treat for all our hard work, some lucky FRCH-ers were offered the chance at a behind-the-scenes tour of the renovation in-progress – before they close the doors until the grand re-opening in early October. Read more of this post

Preservation Meets Hospitality

While I was in Baltimore this past holiday weekend, I got a chance to walk through Kevin Plank’s, newly opened, boutique hotel, The Sagamore Pendry. Plank is the CEO of Under Armour, which is also headquartered in Baltimore. The headquarters sits right across the Harbour looking straight at what was once a deteriorating pier, now Plank has turned it into a new luxury hotel. Read more of this post

“The Big Chicken” Takes Flight

KFC_THEBIGCHICKEN_RIBBONCUTTING

Kentucky Fried Chicken has been one of our clients for more than 10 years. We have worked on projects and brand initiatives large and small, but no single project has the scale and literal visibility as the “The Big Chicken” – which boasts an iconic 56-foot-tall chicken sculpture as its main architectural expression. Situated in the heart of Marietta, Georgia, this roadside beacon has been a landmark since construction started in 1956 and a flagship KFC destination since 1966. Still used as a guide to help direct pilots, The Big Chicken has captivated locals and passersby on their way to and from family vacations – forever etched in the hearts and minds of any and all that stop in for a bucket of chicken.
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EuroShop 2017: Paustian House

Paustian House, Copenhagen
Foreword: Every 3 years, 100,000+ visitors flock to an international destination to experience all things retail. Hailed as the “Global Retail Trade Fair,” EuroShop covers all things retail related, from store design to visual merchandising. Located in Dusseldorf, Germany, the event offers 17 exhibition halls within 19 different buildings.  A group of lucky FRCH-ers made the trip this year and will be sharing global trends and inspiration from the conference and nearby travel all week!

Today, we had the opportunity to visit the Paustian House on the waterfront in Copenhagen. A curated “House” (as they call the showroom) includes exquisitely designed and crafted furniture – Paustian’s own pieces, as well as well known designer brands like Knoll and Vitra. 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

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

Oculus Mall Opens

World Trade Center Oculus

Traveling for work has its perks and this week it was being in New York City the same day as Westfield’s World Trade Center at the Oculus opened. 15 years after the devastating 9/11 terror attacks, the 350,000 square-foot mall is the newest destination rebuilding New York’s new downtown. The mall will eventually feature over 100 retail stores and already includes brands like Apple, Pandora, H&M and Lacoste.

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