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

Building a Hobby CNC

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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

Making a Nightstand Mock-up for Hilton

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As Tru by Hilton continues to evolve, questions come up from time to time regarding functionality.  The table circled in the rendering above fits the style of Tru, but is it large enough to function as a nightstand?  A detailed mock-up was needed to answer that question.  Remember, hundreds of these nightstands will be made, so we need to get it right the first time.  Here’s the build process. 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

Innovations in Wood Flooring

Wood floors are the Chanel suit of interior design, chic and timeless. They bring richness and a soft texture to the retail and hospitality environments we design. New technology and fabrication techniques have permeated all areas of design, including the classic wood floor. Here are a few of our favorite innovations.

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How a Table Top Can Dramatically Change a Style

Go from a table stuck in the 80’s with the Golden Girls to one oozing of rustic Napa Valley charm with a simple table top change.

We often do this with our Hampton client, allowing each property to have a bit of “local flavor” by changing out one element, like a table top, from a series of existing modules.

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