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New from Waterworks: Grove Brickworks

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Waterworks just introduced a new surfaces collection and I’m loving it.  Baked from brown clay in kilns built in the 1920’s, Grove Brickworks possess an organic yet refined modern quality.

The collection’s texture is slightly rustic, creating planes rich in character.  In a modern palette of grays and blues both light and dark the Grove Brickworks field tile is perfect for bathrooms and kitchen backsplashes…and just about any other application you could dream up.  I’m working on a kitchen at this very moment that will be the perfect test case!

Visit Waterworks to learn more and see the full line of color options.

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

I am in love with this home for Australian floral artist Joost Bakker.  Pick up the current issue of Interior Design Magazine – or read it here – because the entire article written on the project is well worth the read.  My favorite feature: there are more than 11,00 terra cotta flower pots “cladding” this home, planted every summer with strawberries!

*photography by earl carter / taverne agency

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Kirei Board: why we love it

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Today I’m working on a design for a shelving unit that spans two steel columns and features one of my favorite materials – Kirei Board.

Kirei Board is a strong, lightweight, durable, environmentally friendly substitute for wood.  Manufactured from reclaimed sorghum straw and bound with a formaldehyde-free adhesive, Kirei Board is a lovely material for furniture, cabinetry, casework and a variety of interior design elements.  Kirei comes in several sizes, ranging from 6 to 30 millimeters in thickness.  I love the pattern and texture it presents, and requires only a simple coat of wax to finish.

The shelving unit that I’m working on will feature Kirei Board slabs bolted to a raw steel framework, which, in turn, will be welded to existing exposed steel columns.  This assembly sits in a double-height space adjacent to a dining area, which is home to a steel table finished with a Kirei Board top.  I’ll be sure to post images of the finished piece!

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The Art of Fire

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009


I’ve done a lot of fireplace research over the years, and I always come back to Rais, my all-time-favorite fireplace manufacturer.  Rais stoves range from the classically designed to modern, and pay homage to clean, simple and elegant Scandinavian design.

I’m hoping to use the Rais R60 in a current remodel project and someday…someday…I plan on purchasing the Pina for my house.  The Pina would be a perfect addition to the sunroom and a nice way to add some extra warmth on a cold winter day.  Here are three of my favorite interior models plus a new outdoor fireplace.


RAIS R60: the original Rais wood burning insert.


RAIS X-BASIC: striking linear design with eco-wise burning technology.


RAIS PINA: award willing design can be mounted on a pivoting base.


RAIS GIZEH: sculptural outdoor barbecue or fireplace for the garden.

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Beautiful Concrete: Concrete Revolution

Monday, November 30th, 2009


I am of the opinion that concrete is a beautiful material.  I’ve been particularly interested in decorative (sometimes referred to as “domestic”) concrete over the past few years, and try to use it as budgets allow for counters, fireplace surrounds and other interior details.  To be frank, I’d use it all over the place if I could!  Only steel comes before concrete on my list of all-time-favorite finish materials.


I love the monolithic nature of custom cast concrete sinks.  This seamless quality and depth of material are difficult to achieve using natural stone or a quartz product.  Also possible with concrete is a wrapping and sculptural quality, as seen below in the counter slab turned shower bench.


Simple fireplace boxes can be transformed into a feature design element using concrete to create a unique fireplace surround.  The possibilities are endless.



Concrete Revolution in Denver, Colorado is a source for interior concrete fabrication and installation that I highly recommend.   Please visit their website for inspiration and 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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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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Recla Metals Site Visit

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

On my way back to Boulder after spending a few days in Telluride last week I decided to stop and visit Recla Metals in Montrose.  I’m usually in a huge hurry when traveling back and forth between Boulder and Telluride, but today I had some time to spare and took the opportunity to poke around what I believe to be the best steel yard on the Western Slope.


As many of my readers know, I love steel.  Plain and simple.  It is my absolute favorite material in all its iterations.


Recla is known as a provider of RCM, or Rusty Corrugated Metal, their proprietary version of Corten Steel.  Recla’s material is far less toxic than that of the old Corten version, safe for the environment, made from recycled material, and has a very long lifespan.  In addition to offering a variety of sheet steel that can be used as roofing, wall panels (inside and out) and architectural accents, Recla stocks many shapes and sizes of steel, mesh, grating, bolts, cladding…you name it…and I love it.




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