THE NEW YORK POST IS DOING A LITTLE PIECE ON ONE OF OUR PROJECTS

by LVM on September 20th, 2009

For the last several months Colvm has been combining two historic co-op apartments (one over the other through a disused airshaft) into one single family residence on the Upper West Side. The New York Post is running a blog piece to keep track of things. Fingers crossed.  Click here for the article.

WALTER FOODS RESTAURANT OPEN IN WILLIAMSBURG

by LVM on September 1st, 2009

Colvm recently completed a new place for restaurateurs Dylan Dodd and Danny Minch. Frank Bruni of the New York Times says “My companions and I spent more than two and a half hours in one of its handsome booths, roaming wide and far across its menu … we started out the evening in high spirits, thanks to two attributes of Walter Foods that are emerging as absolute requisites in the Williamsburg finer-dining scene: a great-looking bar and cocktails made with thought and care. All in all Walter Foods has a buoyant feel—it’s like an Old World chophouse with a youthful swagger.”

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“The dining-room ambience is pure New England, with its dark wood-beamed ceiling, antiquey prints of fishermen, and leather-cushioned booths” (Shauna Lyon, The New Yorker)

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“a warm American bistro populated with a young and carefree crowd that came out to eat and drink, recession be damned. The space immediately announces itself as one you’d like to settle into: A dark wooden bar, with stools to match, is a prominent fixture, as are floor-to-ceiling windows and antique-style lighting that lend a warm glow and understated old-timey vibe. That aesthetic carries over to the food and drink, which, like the space, seems to give you exactly what you are in the mood for: Well-mixed cocktails, executed with seriousness by bow-tie–clad barkeeps.” (Gabriella Gershenson, Time Out New York)

Photo Credit: Melissa Hom

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L’OREAL PROFESSIONAL – OFFICE FOR THE PRESIDENT

by LVM on February 6th, 2009

The new office for the president of L’Oreal’s Professional Products Division on Fifth Avenue is complete.  The project comprises a full floor with lobby, large conference rooms, administration, and coffee bar.

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PLUMM COSMETIQUE & APOTHICAIRE OPENS

by LVM on February 5th, 2009

Plumm’s flagship store at the American Manhasset is open. This beauty boutique features reclaimed teak-wood displays, colored glass façade, (manufactured in Germany), bronze brise soleil and a large mosaic tile mural from Italy on the rear wall.

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“This lovely jewel box of a store is a fun hangout offering high-end, hard-to-find fragrances, grooming products (for men and women) and makeup, a knowledgeable staff and plenty of testers and samples to try out.” (Anne Bratskeir, Newsday)

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Project Manager & Design: Lawrence McDonald at Allen-Killcoyne Architects, Engineer: Edwards & Zuck, Contractor: J.T. Magen & Co.  Allen-Killcoyne is headed by Architects Dan Allen and Steve Killcoyne

Photo credit: Michael Weber Photography

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REDKEN CORPORATE OFFICES COMPLETED

by LVM on April 19th, 2006

It should look like a Stanly Kubrick film, “think 2001: A Space Odyssey” said Stephan Bezi, GM of Redken International about the design of their new corporate office headquarters on Fifth Avenue in New York.  I think it came out pretty spacy.

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Photo credit: Michael Weber Photography. Project Manager & Design: Lawrence McDonald at Allen-Killcoyne Architects, Engineer: Edwards & Zuck, Contractor: J.T. Magen & Co.  Allen-Killcoyne is headed by Architects Dan Allen and Steve Killcoyne.

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IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS

by LVM on April 18th, 2006

A few details from recent projects.  The picture above shows how three flooring types came together against a corner wall of porcelain tile. The wood is an oiled end-block mesquite, the carpet is felt and the tile a black porcelain.

Photography credit: Michael Weber

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SAGAPONACK BEACH HOUSE FEATURED IN “DESIGNING THE HAMPTONS – PORTRAITS OF INTERIORS”

by LVM on January 18th, 2006

While working with HS2 architects (Formaly Hut Sachs Studio) I worked on this great little beach house which was recently featured in Diana Lind’s book Designing the Hamptons – Portraits of Interiors, published by Edizioni.

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HS2 is headed by Tom Hut and Jane Sachs

Photo credit: Eric Piasecki.

BOOK PUBLISHED ON THE BERLIN HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL BY EISENMAN ARCHITECTS

by LVM on December 18th, 2005

Back when I was a lowly intern at Eisenman Architects, one project I worked on was the design of the Berlin Holocaust Memorial with Richard Serra. Recently Lars Muller and Peter Eisenman put together a book with wonderful photographs by Helene Binet and Lukas Wassman.

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“…the serenity and silence perceived from the street are broken by the internal claustrophobic density that gives little relief as it envelops the visitor who enters the field. The experience of being present in presence, of being without the conventional markers of experience, of being potentially lost in space, of an un-material materiality: that is the memorial’s uncertainty. When such a project can overcome its seeming diagrammatic abstraction, in it’s excess, in the excess of reason gone mad, then such a work becomes a warning, a mahnmal, not to be judged on its meaning or its aesthetic but on the impossibility of its own success.” – Peter Eisenman

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Memorial by Eisenman Architects, Text by Hanno Rauterberg, Photo Essay by Helene Binet, Photo Impressions by Lukas Wassman, Lar Muller Publishers

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GOVERNOR’S DESK FOR NOI

by LVM on September 19th, 2003

The “Governor’s Desk” was one of several furniture pieces I designed for Noi, a New York based wholesale and retail company led by husband and wife team Richard Dunlevy and Elizabeth Dezi. With an acute eye for detail Noi crafts pieces using handmade, artisan techniques and natural materials, placing emphasis on more simplified and refined modern design.

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CONSTRUCTION PHOTOS: FILMMAKER’S BARN IN VERMONT

by LVM on September 18th, 2002

A few photographs of this residence for a filmmaker located on 250 acres in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. The salvaged 200 year old beams counter-point a modern scissor truss roof system under construction.

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Photo credit: Craig Bachellier

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