Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Designing with concrete

Here is a recent example of a complete design for a local restaurant in Basking Ridge, NJ. The owner of this French Thai fusion restaurant (his 4th in New Jersey) originally from Thailand had these dragon heads that he wanted to use as the bathroom faucets, having this vision, the whole bathroom design was completely encompassed around these dragon heads. Ever see that Kholer commercial where the couple comes into an architect firm and they hand them the faucets and say something like, build the house around this...That is kind of what this project was like. We were really excited to get involved in one of these restaurants, not only because the food is outrageous and so many people will be exposed to our work, but the challenge of not only making these 'heads' into faucets, but complimenting their uniqueness in our concrete design.

They were hollow and not made to be faucets. We machined pipe that was welded into the mount opening and aerators were inserted to soften the water flow and reduce splashing on the inverted bowl sink design which has a moat that is pitched to the drain.
The backsplash is a burst of colors in glass tiles with gold and bronze accent colors that embellish the design and stay congruent with the rest of the restaurant decor. The cleanliness of the sink layout was further improved by adding electronic controls that are hidden in a panel faced with the same glass tiles in the backsplash.

We also produced concrete panels on the lower perimeter of the bathrooms. We made meticulous mock-ups in our shop of the mechanicals and hydraulics of the design, and did it pay off as the outcome is flawless.

Being open to the possibilities of what concrete has to offer as a design solution is really what makes the material so unique. Using it for a wall panel and embedding tile to make a design the concept is different and so is the outcome. Concrete is changeable and can be formed in anyway, it never tires or becomes mundane, there will always be a new vision that will pass through our medium to bring the idea to fruition. Possibilities are limitless!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Sustainable Design Workshop for Design Professionals

Jeff will be teaching another AIA course March 19th. This is an AIA Continuing education workshop with six courses take one or take them all, they are being offered all day long, and focus on the main topics of sustainable design. You can earn up to 7.0LU's/HSW.

Attendees will learn about the following topics:
1. Explore Green Globes, a major building evaluation and rating tool.
2. New developments in Construction Waste Management.
3. How to design and specify green, vegetative roofs.
4. A practical guide to site erosion control.
5. Energy modeling methodologies required for LEED certified buildings.
6. How to specify Green concrete.

The courses will be held throughout the day at the Hilton Rye Town Hotel, 699 Westchester Ave., Rye Brook, NY 10573 hotel phone 914.939.6300

Green Globes- Instructor Viki Worden held from 8:30am-9:30am
Construction Waste Management- Instructor Doug Casper 9:55am-10:55am
Green Roof Infrastructure- Instructor Bill Foley 11:20am-12:10pm
LEED, Energy Modeling & Commissioning- Instructor Bill Amann 1:20pm-2:20pm
Concrete Applications for Sustainable Design- Instructor Jeff Kudrick 2:40pm-3:30pm
Practical Applications to Site Erosion & Sediment Control- Instructor Stephen Zwilling 3:45pm-4:45pm (this also gets landscape architect credit)

This event is put together by Douglas P Casper of DPC Associates. Please email me for more information about how to pre register or the costs associated with this.

Registration/Continental Breakfast 8:00 AM TO 8:30 AM
Morning Sessions: 8:30-12:10
Lunch: 12:10pm-1:10pm
Afternoon Sessions: 1:20pm-4:45 pm
For more information please email info@jmlifestyles.com and I will send you the flyer and registration. Hope you can make it!

Thursday, February 7, 2008

2008 Cheng Award Winner

So we have been settling back in since the World of Concrete and we have been so extremely busy. The company is definately growing and we couldn't be happier with the progress! The recognition from the show has been more than we could have ever asked. I wanted to share some pictures from the Cheng Design Exchange award ceremony for the 2008 Members’ Circle of Distinction
Design Challenge at WOC, Jeff took home Best Decorative Finish award for the modern red gray and black kitchen countertop we all love, and an honorable mention/merit award for a wine bar with an embedded fiber-optic bottle chiller.

Please keep posted to Concrete Decor Magazine's next issue. J&M Lifestyles will be featured as artisan of the month. Of course I will post when it comes out! We are really excited for some new inspiring projects for 2008. We know all around it is going to be a great year, what a way to start! Soon to come is a very unique restaurant bathroom project we are finishing up and can't wait to eat at Origins III opening up in Basking Ridge, NJ. Currently there are two others in Morristown and Somerville and they are both outrageous French/Thai Fusion...more to come on that.