Tuesday
Oct092012

Couture Carnival: Prada Aflame

Photograph by Jeff Harris. Set Design and Prop Styling by Nikole Nelson Studios.

Thursday
Sep202012

Gearing up to Kick Some Fall Ass!

Fall is upon us and excitig projects abound. Our team is revving up for more designing, making and ass kickin. Get your Fall wardrobe ready, dust off those boots and hold on tight!

Wednesday
Jun132012

Behind the Scenes: Marathon Map Wall

Pre-demolition. Wall on the right (with the round mirror hanging up high) is to become our Marathon Map Wall!

Test made using embossed plaster technique.

Cutting the enlarged template down into manageable pieces for stamping.

Photography by Conor Doherty

Wednesday
Jun132012

Behind the Scenes: Plaster and Patinas

Raw space post demolition.

Having pulled an all-nighter, the plaster textured walls are looking quite dramatic!

Close-up of textured plaster treatment.

Perfectly patinaed garage doors!

Pre-demolitian. Under those terrible pressed wood slats hide some gorgeous original garage doors just waiting to be discovered and brought to aged perfection!

In-studio tests of various patina treatments on metal.

Left: Initial demo of old flooring reveals original hexagonal penny tiles. Right: First layer of patina on floor letters.

And voila!!

Photography by Conor Doherty

Tuesday
Jun052012

Behind the Scenes: Brick aging & wood panel build

Raw space with multiple brick facades at varying stages of aging and plywood blocking for wood panels. Liz takes a dust free breather.

Pre-treated brick - it's a mess!

It was insane how many different types of brick/stone there were in one space - 7 in total! The history and architecture revealed itself one layer at a time. A true challenge to merge the varieties in tone and aged appearance using mortar, paint and other tricks of the trade.

While Liz and I were up high painting the brick, Jenny was hard at work mixing just the right shades of grey for us to keep the progress moving through the night.

Completed brick tones!

Sketch reflecting aged brick walls with intermittent wood panels on which to highlight merchandise.  And our sturdy, yet feminine hard hats.  We can be safe AND look hot!

Measuring and designing the reclaimed wood plank patterns to be used for the large-scale wood panels.

In the background are my collaborators Kirsten Marchand, NB Senior Store Planner and our talented carpenter Sal. 

Sal refers to my printed template to ensure correct placement of each plank. He rocked AND he let me use his pneumatic nail gun to secure the final structure! Hot damn it was powerful! 

I never tire of seeing the vision come to life!

Photography by Conor Doherty

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