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

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

Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Architectural Masterpiece

Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd Wright, FRCH CreativeFuel

While recently on vacation with my family, I visited Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater. I, like many others, have seen so many pictures of his iconic work and have read several articles and books about its design and architecture, but to see it firsthand and learn more on how Wright incorporated all elements of natural beauty, like the water from the stream and falls, sandstone, trees and the natural light from the sun into the design of the space is truly amazing and yet another “organic architecture masterpiece” of his work. Read more of this post

Highlights from Coverings 2016

Coverings Conference 2016, Creative FuelCoverings is an international trade fair and expo dedicated to showcasing ceramic tile and natural stone. It has grown to be the largest and most important show of its kind in the U.S., featuring exhibitors from more than 40 countries and attracting thousands of distributors, retailers, fabricators, contractors and specifiers, architectural and design professionals, builders and real estate developers.

I had the privilege of attending this year’s conference in Chicago. With more than five football fields worth of surfacing, it was a lot to see in a short amount of time, but here were my top highlights:

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Miami Design District – A Pattern Architect’s Dream

Miami Design District, FRCH Creative Fuel

For those who seek out unique architecture, love pattern as an environmental envelope or just enjoy unexpected inspiration — then be sure to visit Miami’s Design District. I have been fortunate enough to visit the district several times over the past few years, allowing me to see the environment evolve and grow, becoming more impressed upon each return visit. Filled with luxury shopping, boutique art galleries and exquisite furnishings, the Miami Design District has managed to create a destination focused on fashion, design and architecture. It’s a place of creative inspiration at every turn.

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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

En Plein Air

FRCH Creative Culture, En Plein Air
Just a few days before the start of Spring, the creative culture invited the firm into the lobby to immerse themselves in the sights, sounds and tastes of the upcoming season. Using the Pantone Spring Color Report as a guide, the group was inspired to create a vibrant color experience expressed through food, video, graphics and sculpture. Read more of this post