Archive for July, 2009

Elkstone 21 Taking Shape

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Elkstone 21 is an 85,000 square foot, 21-unit luxury condominium project set in Telluride’s Mountain Village with sweeping, panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.  Construction began on this project in the Fall of 2008 and is scheduled for completion Spring 2010.


I was in Telluride a few weeks ago and spent a day walking through the project.  It is such a treat to see something that took years to draw start to take shape in three dimensions.  All the unit layouts are unique and range from 1,500 square foot flats to three large (over 4,500 square feet) penthouse units.  We shaped the units around a mountain modern design aesthetic, with open floor plans, clean and contemporary bathroom layouts, and an emphasis on views.


Stone veneer goes up on the building exterior.


View from a third floor unit


Each unit has a least one deck, balcony or patio.


A typical living room view.


Vaulted ceiling and view of the surrounding aspen from a penthouse library.


Framing of a two-story penthouse unit featuring an open stair.

I will be making frequent visits to the Elkstone project over the coming months.  I’m extremely excited for the units to get closed up and to see the finishes go in.  The Owners plan an open house in December at which time the Wine Lounge will be completed and serve as an on-site sales office.  To see renderings of the project go to

Please visit for additional project and sales information.

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krDESIGNco loves Heath Ceramics

Saturday, July 4th, 2009

I was introduced to Heath Ceramics years ago while visiting a girlfriend in Berkeley, California.  We spent a day at their Sausalito factory and showroom and I was immediately in awe.  Founded in 1948 by Edith Heath, Heath Ceramics is known for handcrafting tile and tableware for those who appreciate classic, modern design paired with functionality.



Heath’s pieces live in the permanent collection of the MoMA as well as in hotels, restaurants, retailers and homes that focus on exceptional design.


Since Edith Heath became the first non-architect to win the prestigious AIA Gold Medal Award for the exterior tile on Pasadena’s Norton Simon museum, Heath’s ceramic tile has been known for its high quality and design-leading aesthetics.


Interior of Skirkanich Hall at University of Pennsylvania


Residential home exterior by Addison Strong

Heath Ceramics is one of the few remaining mid-century American potteries still in existence today.  Not only am I drawn to their work because I love the form, color, pattern and texture of everything Heath creates, I am also inspired by Edith Heath’s vision and impact as a strong and talented woman making her mark by following her dreams.


Please visit the Heath Ceramics website at I hope that you’ll appreciate their work as much as I do!

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Top 20 Under 40

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

I am extremely honored and humbled to have been named to Mountain Living Magazine’s innagural Top 20 Under 40 Designer list.

Top 20 Under 40
The Future of High-Country Design

Meet the West’s next generation of talent. From Bozeman to Aspen, Steamboat to Santa Fe, these 20 young pros have a fresh perspective that’s changing the way we live. Think you love high-country design now? Just wait until you see what’s next.

Please visit our PRESS page to view the complete article and to download a PDF.


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Planter Fabrication at Tribble Stone

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

I am collaborating with Kristin Undhjem / KSLAcorp on landscape architecture and design (including exterior furnishings) for a 35 acre parcel overlooking Telluride, Colorado.  The home is magnificent, designed by CCY Architects out of Basalt, Colorado, a firm responsible for some of the best residential design in our state (in my humble opinion).


There is a tremendous amount of stonework associated with this project, including a basalt water table, a basalt fire-rock and a Colorado Buff sandstone planter, slab pavers, and stacked sandstone blocks.  We’re sourcing the Colorado Buff from Tribble Stone in Boulder, and the other day I had the pleasure of visiting the stone yard to inspect fabrication progress of the planter rock.


The geometry of the planter is pulled from the architecture and serves as a focal point in the courtyard entry sequence leading to the home.  The planter dimensions are so large that we’ve had to fabricate two pieces that will be set with a crane.  The seams are very precisely located and align with joints in adjacent sandstone slab paving.  The stone has snapped exposed edges and a very cool bridge saw is used to score the area that gets hollowed-out.


The planter rock is one of three in a series of stone elements: table rock, water table, planter rock.  The table rock is also substantial in size (about 8′ x 6′ x 16 inches) and finding a stone this size has been quite a challenge.  Thanks to Eric Tribble for his persistence – he has several great options for us.


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