IDS Vancouver with Furniture Society by Wilkens Design Studio

It's been busy around here entering 2018 and realizing we have not updated this page in a while! Reflecting back on 2017 and still feeling proud we were able to collaborate with Jennifer Navva Milliken and help the Furniture Society with their booth at the recent 2017 IDS in Vancouver. Added bonus for us was working with some very talented and helpful folks at the Furniture Society and winning a Gray Magazine Award for Best Booth.

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Wilkens Design Studio and Peter Miller Books host Andrew Blauvelt by Wilkens Design Studio

 Wilkens Design Studio and Peter Miller Books are honored to invite you to an impromptu evening of wine and conversation with Andrew Blauvelt, Director of the Cranbrook Art Museum on Thursday 21 September from 5:30-7:00 at Peter Miller Books. Joining Andrew will be Scott Winters, Director of Development of Cranbrook Academy of Art

Wilkens Design Studio and Peter Miller Books are honored to invite you to an impromptu evening of wine and conversation with Andrew Blauvelt, Director of the Cranbrook Art Museum on Thursday 21 September from 5:30-7:00 at Peter Miller Books. Joining Andrew will be Scott Winters, Director of Development of Cranbrook Academy of Art

Before re-joining Cranbrook in 2015, Andrew Blauvelt was the Senior Curator of Architecture and Design at the Walker Arts Center and has organized several exhibitions, including Strangely Familiar: Design and Everyday Life (2003), Some Assembly Required: Contemporary Prefabricated Houses(2005). He also co-curated Worlds Away: New Suburban Landscapes (2008), the first major museum exhibition about the art and architecture of the American suburb. His latest exhibition and book is Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia (2015), a survey of counter-cultural art, design, and architecture.

 

Sammamish Residence by Wilkens Design Studio

A bit of a TBT moment remembering last year's full interior and exterior renovation of a 1959 Ranch-style house overlooking Lake Samammish. In this case renderings of proposed design concepts for the Living Room / Kitchen and the Master Bath. Renderings by Blackbox Design.

 Master Bathroom Concept showing Sauna integration in background to right

Master Bathroom Concept showing Sauna integration in background to right

 View of Fireplace and lightbox with Kitchen in background.

View of Fireplace and lightbox with Kitchen in background.

Historic Condominium Renovation by Wilkens Design Studio

Construction is in full swing, steel has been installed for the new lift, wall and ceiling framing are installed, ready for plumbing rough-in and a fast dash to the completion this summer. This condominium is located on the 7th floor of a Historic downtown Seattle Landmark and was once the performance hall for a building designed for musicians and performers to live and teach.

 View from Galley and future Kitchen onto Living Room.

View from Galley and future Kitchen onto Living Room.

 View from Lift shaft-to-be to 8th Floor landing. Lift will make 3 stops including onto Roof.

View from Lift shaft-to-be to 8th Floor landing. Lift will make 3 stops including onto Roof.

 Early demolition shot

Early demolition shot

Tomás Saraceno @ SF MOMA by Wilkens Design Studio

The SFMOMA has a beautiful and far-reaching exhibit called Stillness in Motion — Cloud Cities consisting of ideas and elements that envision our world during the anthropocene. Tomás Saraceno's work is exploratory and immersive and ruminates on the relationships we have with the built world as we wade into our new epoch - the anthropocene. Science, fractals, new materials, space and atmosphere occupy the thinking behind these quietly positive and uplifting forms and investigations. With so much weirdness, narcissism, and negativity nowadays in our politics and culture, this look into a possible future is a welcome surprise.

WDS Site Visit to Charlevoix Michigan by Wilkens Design Studio

We recently traveled to Charlevoix, Michigan to meet with Owners and Contractor to discuss timeline and construction start dates for a new weekend cottage on Lake Michigan. Like many sites along Michigan's very long and occasional stretches called "Lakeshore Drive", the depth of this site from the roadway will allow for a pleasant drive through Northern forest and wooded duneland to a private and hidden home that will open to these spectacular views.