2015 ASID Design Excellence Awards

Written by Editorial Staff Category: Lifestyle Issue: August 2015
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The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) North Chapter is the premier organization for local interior designers. Each year, ASID salutes its members’ design achievements in multiple categories for residential, commercial, hospitality, health care and sustainability. The winners were honored at the 2015 ASID Design Excellence Awards Gala, held in August at the Phoenician in Scottsdale. Following are the First Place winners and Best in Show winner for the Commercial category of interior design. The winners in the Residential category are presented in this month’s issue of our sister magazine, Phoenix Home & Garden. For more information about the ASID North Chapter, visit asidaznorth.org.


2015 Winner!
Business office space over 5,000 square feet
Brad Krause, ASID
Krause Interiors
Project: Dickinson Wright, Phoenix AZ

Simple elegance and sophisticated detailing with crisp marble propels this once-local law firm onto the national stage. The angled space directs attention to the monumental stainless steel and glass stairway with unparalleled views. The firm’s culture, along with their signature yellow, is featured throughout the design through the use of materials, details, lighting and artwork. The main project goal was to meld the cultures of an established local firm with that of a large national firm. This required a new identity with a nod to the old while still attracting top talent. To achieve this, a concept using sophisticated warmth was developed. Layered forms, materials and textures – including stone, stainless steel and glass – are complemented with elements that the local firm valued, like warm wood walls, crisp surfaces, original artwork and lighting. The result: a sophisticated, modern, yet warm and inviting space.

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Senior Living Facilities
Kim King, Allied ASID, Qing Meng Yao-Lamb, Allied ASID & Shahlla Zahedi, Allied ASID
Thoma Holec Design, LLC
Project: Royal Oaks Friendship House, Sun City AZ

Friendship House is a stand-alone memory care facility. The concept behind this project was to have an open design featuring floor-to-ceiling window walls and beautiful outdoor courtyards and balconies for residents to enjoy. It is sectioned into four “neighborhoods,” each with a theme and color scheme unique to their own. The entrance to each side features a themed photography art wall and a collage of various photography and abstract art, which act as a cue for residents to distinguish the various areas. The colors are designed to bring on different emotions and the residents are encouraged to wander throughout the space. One area was designed to feel energetic and lively, while another was designed to give a sense of calm. Natural and textural finishes were selected to enhance the surrounding mountain views and landscapes. Each neighborhood features defined spaces for cinema/media, meditative/spiritual, dining and activities, and cooking and laundry.

 

 

 

2015 Winner!
Retail Space
Esther Boivin, Allied ASID
Esther Boivin Interiors
Project: Zak’s Chocolate, Scottsdale AZ

I used green materials with limited funds to create a "wow" factor. A variable large stripe pattern of cream and brown recycled material channels from the floor up the main wall, creating an emotional statement, and visually extending the space. We used energy-efficient LED lighting. To create texture, two walls received faceted mirrors, bringing more life and light. An economical, easily cleaned, nonporous commercial vinyl was selected for the bar top, bringing a warm, comfortable and soft feel, simulating the dark character of rich dark chocolate. Trendy metal and leather barstools, dining chairs and re-purposed dining tables respected the client budget, while effectively and creatively maximizing spatial usage. A unique design concept creates a lasting memory for every client, warm and sumptuous, just like their chocolate! The challenge and goal was to create an attractive, attention-getting design for a chocolate shop manufacturer with a challlenged time frame.

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2015 Winner!
Hospitality Facility
Brad Krause, ASID
Krause Interiors
Project: Blue Daisy, Buckeye AZ

The objective was to develop a unique identity for a trendy yet smalltown salon and barber shop. The next steps were to take the original space, which housed the community’s welcome center, and transform it into a fresh, modern and fun salon. This was accomplished by mixing weathered woods with cool whites while adding pops of color through art and product display. The barber shop has a throwback vibe through the use of warm wood tones, masculine fixtures and an overall traditional style. The two spaces complement each other and are tailored to the clientele. Incorporating the existing welcome center design into a new modern design posed a challenge. Many existing design elements were reused to create a new space that pays tribute to the old. With this design philosophy, the space successfully has a new identity.

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2015 Winner!
Healthcare Facility
Jill St. Germain, Allied ASID
Thoma Holec Designs, LLC
Project: Copper Health Oro Valley, Oro Valley AZ

This post-acute rehabilitation and respite care community is located in Oro Valley, Arizona. The client’s main objective was to provide a homelike environment for those needing 24-hour care, and an alternative to the traditional skilled nursing facility. The designer provided design layout, reflected ceiling details, millwork details and construction documents for the general contractor, owner and architect to proceed with construction of this new building. Common areas such as the dining room, living room and activity area provide a residential atmosphere for all residents with furnishings and artwork. The large rehabilitation room provided space for the necessary therapies for residents. Bringing the metal element of copper into the building was a goal of the design as copper symbolizes balance, harmony, peace and warmth; all elements for healing. The designer’s goal was to provide a safe and healthy environment that offered residents the opportunity for meaningful activities, socialization and healing.

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2015 Winner!
Singular Space – Commercial
Luann Thoma Holec, FASID
Thoma Holec Design, LLC
Project: Generations at Agritopia, Gilbert AZ

Private dining rooms in senior housing are great marketing tools and conference rooms for the staff, and rarely used for private dining. The design team determined that if given a theme, and given a theme of importance, the room would be utilized daily. Thus the wine cellar. The custom iron doors set the tone as you enter the cellar. These doors are the separation from the typical hallway of the senior housing environment. Designed with a Tuscan atmosphere with a faux wood beamed ceiling, stack stone walls, faux Venetian plaster, glass mosaic, concrete look countertops, and a Suar slab table, this space has become a revenue generator for the community. Wine tasting, private parties for residents are the most common events. Residents have the option of storing their vintage in the wine coolers where the wait staff will uncork and serve them during the dining hours.

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PHM0915ASID132015 Winner!
Special Function – Commercial
Kim King, Allied ASID
Thoma Holec Design, LLC
Project: BPM/Waterford Grand, Eugene OR

This salon was designed to give residents of the community a place to come relax and feel pampered as they enjoy the spa services provided.  The soft green, aqua and silver color scheme creates a calm and peaceful feeling to the space. The warm lighting is the perfect tone to highlight the beautiful transformations that occur in this space. Custom styling stations were designed to provide ease to the stylists in their work environment. Mirrors on the wall provide a reflective quality to open up the room. The divider wall functions as a storage unit and also provides intimate spaces for each service provided.

 

 

 

2015 Winner!
Adaptive Use – Commercial
Brian Cox, Allied ASID
Cox, James Architects
Project: Bowman & Brooke LLP, Phoenix AZ

The challenge was to take a well-designed, nice space and make it better. A seemingly tough task was accomplished by looking at the existing space and evaluating each component functionally and aesthetically. Spatially, areas were eliminated while others were repurposed. Quality of light was enhanced two-fold by the replacement of all light fixtures with LED and by adding glass sidelights to perimeter offices. All finishes were replaced including carpeting, base, wall coverings, paint and some millwork. New fabric acoustical walls and ceilings were added for sound control. The audiovisual system was completely upgraded. New video conference rooms and a multipurpose room were added. The cafe, galley and restrooms were completely redone. Seating was new and/or reupholstered. The end result is a new space that is up-to date, brighter and more energy-efficient.

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2015 Winner!
Millwork – Industry Partner
Leann Fernald
Ornamentation, LLC
Project: Palm Lane MacDonald

The design objective was to create a custom window treatment for a 1929 Spanish Colonial-style residence converted to commercial office space. The client requested an impressive yet affordable alternative to iron grillwork for the conference room window. A visually appealing and style-appropriate custom Design Effects millwork was created using CNC routed 3/4” MDF (medium density fiberboard) to mount inside the casement, lightly filtering the light yet maintaining the view. Though the historic building’s window was not plumb, the motif was carefully designed to forgive the slight skew and appear square. The Design Effects was also intentionally constructed to appear as one piece once installed, but was manufactured in three pieces as the size of the window exceeded the size of the raw material.

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2015 Winner!
Best of Show – Commercial
Kim King, Allied ASID, Qing Meng Yao-Lamb, Allied ASID & Shahlla Zahedi, Allied ASID
Thoma Holec Design, LLC
Project: Royal Oaks Friendship House, Sun City AZ

Friendship House is a stand-alone memory care facility. The concept behind this project was to have an open design featuring floor-to-ceiling window walls and beautiful outdoor courtyards and balconies for residents to enjoy. It is sectioned into four “neighborhoods,” each with a theme and color scheme unique to their own. The entrance to each side features a themed photography art wall and a collage of various photography and abstract art, which act as a cue for residents to distinguish the various areas. The colors are designed to bring on different emotions and the residents are encouraged to wander throughout the space. One area was designed to feel energetic and lively, while another was designed to give a sense of calm. Natural and textural finishes were selected to enhance the surrounding mountain views and landscapes. Each neighborhood features defined spaces for cinema/media, meditative/spiritual, dining and activities, and cooking and laundry.

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