New Work: Interior Design for The Wills Group HQ

For The Wills Group, a new corporate HQ space was a critical component in their broader corporate transformation that included new ways of doing things for existing employees, and a need to attract a new generation of talent to fulfill the company’s strategic aspirations. Our design touched every aspect of the 50,000 square foot project designed to house up to 400 employees, including reception areas, workspaces, collaboration areas, conference rooms, training facilities and dining facilities. 

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Mary Elise Chavez
What We're Discussing Now: Plant-based Proteins | Sept 2019

Caring for the Planet through what’s on our Plates 🌿As nature enthusiasts & advocates for the Environment, we love to see the mass adoption of vegetarian eating and meat alternatives that help significantly reduce the impact of our food consumption on the Earth 🌎 Tofu, lentils, chickpeas, oh my! The options are diverse and delicious.

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Mary Elise Chavez
What We're Experiencing Now: MoFE | Aug 2019

If you could re-live your dreams, what would they look like? We went on a hunt to find out exactly that. In the wide sea of VR, we were pleasantly surprised with our recent field trip to the newly minted Museum of Future Experiences in SoHo - an experience that will stay with you, far after you’ve exited their doors.

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Mary Elise Chavez
Who We're Celebrating Now: Pierre Cardin | July 2019

We’re deep in study of his commitment to a single idea, the parabola, expressed through his visionary fashions, iconic architecture and sculptural industrial and furniture design. At 97, he continues to stay curious and invent his vision of the future, which is fascinating to say the least - hop aboard the Cardin Express with us!

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Mary Elise Chavez
What We're Exploring Now: DesertX | Mar 2019

Just in time for Spring, DesertX lured us to Palm Springs, a city rich in mid-century style, architecture and retro signage - three things we love and tend to seek out. On through April 21, 2019 in the Coachella Valley, this freshly minted biennial is a brilliant fusion of art and environment, where contemporary artists stage their works against the dramatic landscapes, leaving us in a state of hypnosis.

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Mary Elise Chavez
What We're Reading Now: The Vitra Campus | Feb 2019

The experiential grounds of The Vitra Campus is a thrilling place to discover modern architectural and built environment concepts. The Campus is open to the public via tours of key structures and the architects behind them. With over 330,000 visitors a year, this special campus has the most concentrated collection of buildings by world-famous architects, than anywhere else in the world.

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Mary Elise Chavez
Charles & Ray Eames | #emotifIcons

“Design is an expression of the purpose.” Charles Eames // As the most important exponents of organic design, Charles and Ray Eames demonstrated how good design can improve quality of life and human understanding and knowledge. One of their top lessons here are the Case Study Houses - built in 1949, No. 8 was a celebration of indoor-outdoor living, and for the Eameses it became a laboratory for their shared life and work.

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Mary Elise Chavez
What We're Reading Now: In the Spirit of | Jan 2019

Assouline’s ‘In the Spirit of...’ series may cause severe cases of wanderlust (and should be read with your travel planner in hand). This iconic book publisher is known for the best of the best editorials on iconic travel destinations and specialty subjects. From Gstaad to Rio, Harlem to the Hamptons, we’ve found great design inspiration in these beautifully-curated pages.

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Mary Elise Chavez
What We're Reading Now: Panorama | Dec 2018

We’re in a Gerhard Richter frame-of-mind, and this gorgeous book, Panorama is the most extensive representation of his career to date. Including his work from the 1950s to present - from paintings to sculptures, drawings and photographs - it’s a fantastic deep dive into the artistic journey of Richter. And when it comes to squares, they haven't been the same since Josef Albers applied his spectrum of colors to them.

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Mary Elise Chavez
A field trip to The Orsoni Furnace during the Venice Biennale

While in Venice exploring the Architecture Biennale, we enjoyed a private visit to the Furnace of Orsoni - the only mosaic tile furnace still functioning in the historic center of Venice. Orsoni has revived the city's Byzantine mosaic style and remains an icon in the artisan craftwork communities. They use the same techniques since 1888 to produce 24K gold leaf mosaics, colored gold and Venetian smalti in more than 3,500 colors.

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Mary Elise Chavez
Your brand is not a story: here's what it really is

A lot of companies treat their brands as "stories to be told". In this post we explain how this framing makes brands overly reliant on third parties, typically media companies, to keep them in the public eye. We also show why this approach is so damaging to long-term brand health, and propose a different way of understanding your brand that can lead to long-term growth and success. 

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Simon Pearce
Will Software "Eat" your Company, or Feed it?

The inexorable march of the software industry across the global economy continues unabated. Incumbent and after incumbent goes from skepticism, to panic, to obsolescence. It's now apparent to everyone not living in a bunker that the level of disruption, great as it has been, will only increase. There will be no more "status quo", at least, not for the rest of my life, or yours. What's a business to do? 

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Simon Pearce
Is emotional branding bunk?

A lot of ink has been spilled (and money spent) on trying to convince companies that the goal of having a brand is to get people to fall in love with your business. While nobody's going to argue that having customers who love you is a bad thing, too much focus on this from the outset could distract brands from more important work that creates more enduring sources of value for customers and the companies that serve them. 

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Simon Pearce