Corporate Headquarters

This is my corner office. This is my Barbie dream sample room. This is my sanity. This is my mom cave. This is SHIMPROJECTS. I'm still learning to take baby steps. I'm learning how to be more 'balanced'. To not rush. To curb my Aries impulsiveness. To stop, drop and roll. And most importantly, decide when to move away from the computer, the planning and the designing, lock up the office and go home three blocks away, to my boys.

In conclusion to my previous write up titled Magic Spot- here are some snaps of our corporate world headquarters- located in the fabulous, sunny, slightly seedy South Beach, Florida. The 2 week bang out reno was definitely a highlow job- a mix of personal furniture stolen from my house- and inexpensive, functional, college-dorm-vibe finds...with new floating raw wood floors and the magic of white and grey paint a la Benjamin Moore...

Separating worklife from homelife is an important part of my quest for balance nirvana. Happy to be on that path!

 The Boardroom: where multi-bajillion dollar deals and designs happen.

The Boardroom: where multi-bajillion dollar deals and designs happen.

 Staff Cafeteria: subtle reminders

Staff Cafeteria: subtle reminders

 Idea Board: how we did things before Pinterest came along...

Idea Board: how we did things before Pinterest came along...

 Employee Break Room: where we dream tropical daydreams

Employee Break Room: where we dream tropical daydreams


MAGIC SPOT

It's been said before- design is not glamorous. I have worked in many fabulous and not so fabulous offices in my illustrious design career. From light filled studios in a scary part of Toronto; to the 6th floor of the Rockefeller Center (overlooking Matt and Katie do their daily Today Show thang); to a windowless office attached to a parking garage- every single job I have had has brought me not only great work experience but also, an ability to be flexible and erase any expectations when it comes to where my design genius happens.

This year the need for more space and a need for simplicity and silence (as I work on my little design book project...more to follow later!) prompted me to seek out a separate 'work' space. I had some basic criteria.

1.  Has to be walkable from my house

2. Has to be close to the kids' school

3. Has to be inexpensive and charming

4. Has to have parking

Living in South Beach, I knew that #4 was going to be a long shot- but I started my search and found a perfect spot to call home. But not without first giving it a little love. Watch what happens here when I convert this 497 sf space into the perfect working mom cave...stand by.


Back to School!

4th Street Commons is a privately owned student housing development located across the street from the FIU campus in Miami, Florida. Shim Projects worked with project architects, Frances Anillo Toledo and the developers, Kayne Capital and Vadia Developments- to create a student residential experience that doesn't yet exist elsewhere.

More press to follow, but for now, check out the photos in Recent Work. Here are some of my favorite snapshots showcasing the little details that make up the whole. 

Good design doesn't have to be costly. It's all in how you use materials and where you spend and where you save...and student housing doesn't need to be 'student housing' any more!

 A custom designed 20' reception desk made from cast concrete and Carrara marble waterfall skirt, sits under oversize bell pendants from  Industry West . Bowls of succulents from  Sprout  are the perfect contrast in the texture heavy space.

A custom designed 20' reception desk made from cast concrete and Carrara marble waterfall skirt, sits under oversize bell pendants from Industry West. Bowls of succulents from Sprout are the perfect contrast in the texture heavy space.

 Corridor lounge areas are the perfect spot for students to charge their phones, get on their laptops, or discuss weekend plans. Benches by  BluDot , drums by  CB2  and photography by Photodesignstok.

Corridor lounge areas are the perfect spot for students to charge their phones, get on their laptops, or discuss weekend plans. Benches by BluDot, drums by CB2 and photography by Photodesignstok.

 Classic school house lights from  Rejuvenation Lighting  handsomely complements Wolf Gordon's  Herringbone Etch  wall covering.

Classic school house lights from Rejuvenation Lighting handsomely complements Wolf Gordon's Herringbone Etch wall covering.



Seeking: Design Assistant

SHIM PROJECTS IS GROWING UP + HIRING!

/DESIGN ASSISTANT 

SOUTH BEACH STUDIO

6-8 MONTH CONTRACT POSITION - COMPENSATION BASED ON EXPERIENCE

MUST have 3-5 years STUDIO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED (INTERMEDIATE DESIGNER)

MUST be pragmatic, organized and level-headed AND HAVE A POSITIVE OUTLOOK ON LIFE

MUST HAVE BUILT PROJECT EXPERIENCE

MUST HAVE A GREAT SENSE OF STYLE AND UNDERSTANDING OF DESIGN HISTORY AND PERIODS

MUST KNOW AUTOCAD,MS OFFICE AND BE GENERALLY TECHNICALLY SAVVY (ADOBE CS IS A PLUS!)

MUST KNOW HOW TO PREPARE ID DOCUMENTS (PLANS, RCP, ELECTRICAL DRAWINGS, MILLWORK DRAWINGS + DETAILS, FINISH AND FFE SPECIFICATIONS ETC.)

MUST have transportation

MUST  BE FLUENT IN ENGLISH- BILINGUAL IS A PLUS!

 

/JOB ROLE

To PROVIDE DESIGN ASSISTANCE on COMMERCIAL interior DESIGN projects UNDER THE DIRECTION OF THE DESIGN DIRECTOR

 

/GENERAL TASKS INCLUDE, BUT AREN'T NECESSARILY LIMITED TO:

. Help source and gather finishes and materials

. MEET with VENDORS AND reps, etc...

. Help create specification books for design projects

. HELP ORGANIZE AND MAINTAIN THE SAMPLE LIBRARY

. Visit job sites and MANAGE INSTALLATIONS AS NECESSARY

. HELP KEEP DESIGN DIRECTOR ON TASK AND UPDATED ON ANY PROJECT ISSUES OR DEADLINES

. HELP MAINTAIN PROJECT RELATED FILES, MATERIALS AND DOCUMENTS

. HELP PREPARE JOB ESTIMATES AND GATHER QUOTES

 

/IS THIS YOU?

. I HAVE A DEGREE OR DIPLOMA FROM AN ACCREDITED INTERIOR DESIGN OR ARCHITECTURE SCHOOL IN THE USA, CANADA OR LATIN AMERICA.

. I love Design and have excellent organizational skills!

. I have a background or interest in high-end Design.

. I have a passion for problem solving and thrive on COMPLETING TASKS.

. My attention to detail is top notch and I have no problem multitasking.

. I'm VERY TEXT AND EMAIL SAVVY AND HAVE NO ISSUE STAYING IN TOUCH.

. I'm VERY INTUITIVE AND SENSIBLE AND have a cHILL demeanor under pressure.

. INTEGRITY IS MY MIDDLE NAME.

 

SEND YOUR RESUME AND SALARY EXPECTATIONS AND NUMBER OF HOURS AVAILABLE TO OFFER MONTHLY, TO DESIGN@SHIMPROJECTS.COM. SUBJECT LINE: HIRE ME.

Cover Worthy

I always say that good design takes good clients. In this case, we embarked on a landscape journey with the owner of Avenue Road furniture in NYC and Toronto, to give his original Art Deco home in Miami Beach the tropical landscape it deserved. Taking inspiration from 1950's Florida- we mixed over 25 different species of plants and palms to create a natural feeling design.  See more photos here- but in the meantime, we are pleased to present the cover of AD Germany who cover the entire home's interior and exteriors! In this case, we truly were lucky to work with such a design savvy client who understood and followed our green vision every step along the way. 

IIDA Best of Asia Pacific Awards 2014

 PHOTO CREDIT: JOHN GOLLINGS

PHOTO CREDIT: JOHN GOLLINGS

I was invited back to IIDA headquarters in Chicago last weekend to judge this year's Best of Asia Pacific Awards for 2014. Along with seasoned architect Joey Shimoda of Shimoda Design (named Contract Magazine Designer of the Year 2013) and Primo Orpilla of Studio O+A; we reviewed over 132 submissions ranging from small scale corporate projects to retail projects to my personal favorite, hospitality projects!

It was so great to see what's going on in the world of design on the other side of the globe- and it's interesting to see that the approach to design is similar to that of ours here in North America. The true talent lies in not only creating a visually harmonious space, but moreso, to solving and addressing and need and the program. I always say, a "design is only as good as the client"...without further a due, read more about the winners here! 

And look!! Look!!! Check out this project by this incredible architecture firm based in Melbourne Australia, McBride Charles Ryan- for The Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School which we awarded a Best in Category for Cultural/Institutional/Educational Projects. Wish I was back in high school!

HD Expo 2014: IIDA Awards

I have to be honest. Las Vegas is one of those places that has never ever never never ever been on my radar because to me, Vegas is a Carnival Cruise meets Times Square, multiplied by a thousand. Consumerism at America's best with 24-hour flash and over designed spaces reminiscent of a first year design school project (twenty finishes in one space, anyone?) and just about as much class as an abandoned school house.

Judging Design

On September 6-7, I travelled to Chicago to be a part of the esteemed judging panel for IIDA's Best of Asia Awards. It was great fun to see so many fantastic commercial and residential projects from international firms including Yabu Pushelberg, Gensler, Stephen Yeung and many more- and it was also great to critique their viability for Honorable Mention and Best of Category awards.  

Thanks to Dennis Krause (IIDA Sr. VP) and Cheryl Durst (IIDA CEO) for inviting me to be a part of the exciting challenge! It was an honor and I was flattered to give my two cents!

Check out my mug here: 

 http://www.iida.org/content.cfm/bap-2013-judges

 

 

Anastasia is Swoon Worthy!

"Magic happens all the time – if you slow down enough to feel it. I fell unabashedly in love with Mandolin Miami  - an Aegean restaurant founded by husband and wife Anastasia Koutsioukis and Ahmet Erkaya – in one of those moments…

In March I flew to Miami with my family, with every intention of visiting Mandolin, because I absolutely love Mediterranean food, and had been hearing about the place from my foodie friends. When the plane landed I got on my phone to make a reservation, and sitting in my inbox was the sweetest note from Anastasia herself! She was writing to say she was a fan of EyeSwoon, an old fan of my husband Victor’s music, and inviting us to Mandolin as her guest any time we were in Miami! M A G I C." Athena Calderone.

Read the full story, with images, here!