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Terry Fabrics: Designer Insights with Dan Brunn

Terrys Fabrics in the UK not only has a really great selection of coverings, but also a really strong design blog.  This month they did an interview with me, so head over to Terry’s Fabrics for my top choices of the season.Designer-Insights-Dan-Brunn

1) In your own words describe your unique style and creative aesthetic?

My design focuses on minimalism and the notion of “the beauty of simplicity.” I believe in timeless design that honors materials, hides mechanics and structure, and explores light and volume.

2) When starting a new project, what is your creative process?

Working side-by-side with clients is imperative. I always start by interviewing them to understand their needs. This helps me be intuitive, if they can’t articulate specifics.

3) Out of the creative people you have worked with, who is it that you respect and admire the most?

My inspiration isn’t taken from a single person. I was born in Tel Aviv, Israel, and as a young child, I was surrounded by Bauhaus-style architecture. I not only experienced these Modernist structures from afar, but also grew up in them. The Modernist principles of “less is more” have resonated in me—you could say it’s in my blood. I’ve adapted this concept in my design with a contemporary twist.

4) When looking for inspiration is there a particular thing you do to get inspired?

I compose music and perform in my band, DLD. Music helps me understand rhythmic movement. I often incorporate golden ratios to choreograph a seamless flow from room to room.

5) What has brought you to this point in your career? And what is your advice for people looking to follow in your footsteps?

Forging close working relationships has propelled my career. If I could give one bit of advice, I’d say be friendly to everyone because you never know who could be your next client. On a whim, I met the clients for my first major house commission—an $8 million project.



Architectural Ideas

The root of good architecture is a strong idea statement.  After establishing the idea, the rest can follow, much like a thesis statement builds a strong essay.  Recently, I was reading ArchDaily and ran across a rendering that really struck me.  It’s for a new cultural center designed by Bernard Tschumi.  What caught my eye was the similarity to a proposal I worked on almost a decade ago.  So I delved deeper and ran across this statement:

Moreover, an articulate system of ramps permits movement, creating perspectives at varying heights each of which illustrates new ways in which the space may be understood. Adjacent to the main hall, connected by a multiplicity of pathways, are a series of laboratories, offices, the café and ancillary spaces which make up the rest of the building.

Now, at this point it really made more sense, as this was the gist of the thesis statement for my project!   The form (and the rendering) are rooted in the same idea as my Infinite Museum.  Interestingly, they look completely different on the exterior.

It’s great to be in such great company.  Have a look at the following images by Bernard Tschumi Architects:


Sketch. Image © Bernard Tschumi Architects


Main Cortile. Image © Bernard Tschumi Architects

Versus our Infinite Museum:

“Starting with the notion of the continuos spiraling form, using three exhibit spaces flanked by circulation corridors a study of a system emerged. Rotating the central exhibit space alleviates the circulation ramps by extending the run. Then each of these plates are either rotated, mirrored or stretched to fit atop the previous generating plate.”



Architectural Digest – Flip Flop House

What a month it’s been for us and the The Flip Flop House!  Architectural Digest is now running a story on “The Great Indoor – Outdoors”  featuring The Flip Flop House amongst many other cool entries.  Click to check it out!


AD looks at a stunning crop of new modern houses that bring the outside in

Flip Flop House – Architectural Record House of The Month

What an honor!  The Flip Flop House was selected for September’s House of The Month by Architectural Record Magazine.  We have entered another league today.  Follow the link to read more.

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