Hi 87zero readers, thanks for staying with us as we missed an entire week of blogging!
Sometimes you just have to allow your right brain manifest.
Studying architecture at a Miesian school has significantly influenced my perspective as it relates to design. Mies van der Rohe, one of the most influential architects in Chicago, made a powerful statement to, “serve rather than rule”. He expressed that no one can govern every aspect of building art, and rather than dictate an idea, we should embrace natural manifestation.
Order. Mies discusses its role in imparting meaning to a building. If life is to be dictated by order, we would live in a world of perfection free of chaos. However, we do not live in such a perfect world - there is self-will, freedom, to make a decision for one’s self.
This world is imperfect. It would be futile to try and govern every aspect of building art; rather, serve necessity and fulfill its utmost articulation.
87zero shares a similar design concept of self-expression where articulation is endless.
We begin with your story.
aesthetics | quality | functionality | luxury
Check out the latest architectural lighting concept we are working on for one of our projects! The material is a white crystal precious stone which is stunning on its own, but when back lit you can create any mood/atmosphere you are trying to achieve.
Soon we will be featuring a back lit precious stone wall display at our showroom so make sure you come down - prepared to be amazed!!!
Hello everyone - please come by and support 87ZERO at the BIA trade show this coming weekend:
here's the details:
BIA's trade show is called "The BIG Show"
Friday January 23rd 5-9pm
Saturday January 24th 10am-9pm
Sunday, January 25th 10am-4pm
This year our theme for the show is "small". We're featuring items designed and engineered right here at 87zero.
we will debut two items...
the first is an entertainment unit complete with a SONY television and internal wiring and sound bar. It's the same product those of you who have been to Waihonua have seen. It's only 5" deep - meaning you can put it in small spaces.
the other is a surprise. Heejin will be blogging about this super INCREDIBLE, small and super valued item that 40,000 units in Hawaii should be using! hint - it's called the MK ONE...
see you at the "small" show.
Many of my friends and colleagues have asked if I still keep up my newsletter called "Hawaii Leading Indicator". It was a newsletter from an architect's perspective about the economy and what we are seeing for coming projects. It was part economics, part news, part warnings, and part perspective on the latest issues in the world and Hawaii, and how I as one architect interprets them.
the AIA reigns... about a month ago, I rejoined the AIA. (the American Institute of Architects). I'm no longer a general practitioner of architecture, but more of a specialist - specializing in architectural detailing for millwork, stonework, metal work, and mixed media architectural and interior design. My specialty starts where typical drywall and studs end. I rejoined the AIA to work with architects again - not as a competitor, but as a referral specialist. Word is getting around slowly but surely. Why would yours truly make the move? The real answer is that in the long run - it makes me a better designer - paying way more attention to details - and focusing on making the experiential part of architecture sing.
Few of you know this, but my passion pre-architecture was jewelry, sculpture, 3d-arts and computers. It's still that way... i still work on furniture, bars, small but intricate and almost jewel-like design. My foray into engineering school was as a Materials engineer. Super interesting - but art was my passion and that's what pushed me toward architecture and a structural engineering undergrad. Today at 87zero I product design. We build new innovations, new products and new furniture/ millwork to match the way we live today... Heejin will tell you more about our latest debut... so please stay tuned.
As part of the Hawaii Leading Indicator there was a section we called Way Outside the Box - to present ideas that weren't just outside the box... but Waaaay outside. It was fun, and held some truths all at the same time. So here's one of them...
Here's the thing about the AIA Honolulu..... obscurity. No one knows what the architects think these days about issues like the homeless, affordable housing, updates on rail, traffic... all this craziness in Kakaako, more rail, Kakaako makai, OHA and their involvement.... the list goes on. The AIA mission is to increase public awareness about architects, architecture, and their involvement in our community...
Of course you're being set up for my proposal...
way outside the box, now...
a radio show by architects for the construction industry and for the public. So you all know about the issues behind the projects, and the ideas and moves behind different developments. This radio show would have guest hosts and guests from Hawaii's building industry. We'd have call-ins with questions, and promotions by vendors and suppliers who need to get the word out about their products. We'd talk about the agenda of the AIA Honolulu, and architects in general - and what we as the community's stewards of growth, development and design think about some of these self storage facilities in the middle of our prime neighborhoods..... with small businesses running out of them... truly an amazing and crazy place we live in.
so let me know if you're interested in seeing this idea happen. it will take effort and a few interested players in our community - but really, now... having a local program about Hawaii's real estate and it's surrounding issues would probably get global attention. let me know if you'd like to be a sponsor of a show like this... i'll be happy to put in the energy to launch it.
Through my weekly blogs - i'll bring up larger community issues in this blog about once per month. The other weeks will be more about products, ideas, artists, and new things we are working on.
Come and speak with us this week at the BIA Home Show - we'll have a few new products for you to see!
thanks to all!
Without the captions, would you be able to figure out which image is the real hardwood?... For long as I've been around (roughly 1/3 of a century), people LOVE real wood...including myself. We commonly say that hardwood floors are durable and timeless. Universally, hardwood floors are appreciated and this is pretty evident when purchasing or selling a home as well. But is it truly the greatest option for everyone? I honestly think hardwood floors are recommended only if you are one who truly LOVES the natural character of wood... one who appreciates the color change (from sun exposure and wear) and dont mind the occasional dents and scratches. If you just simply like the aesthetiss of the wood, here are some alternate options to consider before making the grando purchase.
(PRO) high durability, scratch resistant
(PRO) absorbs sound
(PRO) softer on feet
(CON) not enough transition pieces
(PRO) water proof
(PRO) stays cool even in hot climates
(PRO) easy to maintain and clean
(CON) grout maintenance
One of the featured artists in our Library is Kristie Fujiyama Kosmides from Hilo. She has amazing talent as you can see. what's more interesting about these photos is that the work no longer exists.... she painted over it because it just wasn't quite there... You can learn more about Kristie and her amazing work by clicking here: http://www.kristiekosmides.com/new-gallery-2/
Being out of your Element but noticing others~taking it all in, like it or not, but taking something from it.... My best ideas have come from what I've seen traveling and experiencing life.
The different ways people consume items changes State to State and Country to Country. The way I use something differs from, say, someone across the world. But finding the similarities between the two, and melding them into a new idea to create something unique is what drives our motivation to design and innovate something new.
"Science is but a perversion of itself unless it has, as its ultimate goal, the betterment of humanity" ~Nikola Tesla
It is true, I am known to exceed the decibels in the office and showroom. Everyone may say they get more work done when I'm not around...we all know that is true BUT I bet they missed me!
My Story -
So besides my everyday joking around the office, specialty projects are my all time favorite! The beautifully challenging part about working at 87zero is that no project is the same. The complexity of the projects are unreal, and I've learned so much in the last two years - everything from architecture, structural engineering, construction, maintaining business relationships in different countries, luxury design and how to represent a brand. Since I started, I have been fully engulfed in the renovation of the IBM Building and still going strong! Aside from that, I've worked on restaurants, residential homes and condominium developments, each wearing a different hat.
Prior to 87zero, I worked in Miami for a high end residential designer, project managed all the designs/renovations at Winthrop University and designed playgrounds in Hawaii. I also had the privilege to design, project manage and build a Crossfit gym in Luang Prabang, Laos. Aside from working - I enjoy being outdoors whether that be hiking, beaching it or wiping out on my surf board. I'm also in the early stages of helping to launch a high school youth ministry!
Enough about me. Just come down and introduce yourself to the team and check out the latest and greatest products we are discovering and design. Thanks for reading! - Melissa Vance-