Thursday, May 7, 2015

ai3 in Milan: Salone del Mobile

By ai3 Interior Designer, Elisa Gangone:

If you want to see an immense amount of the latest furniture and lighting design, Milan is the place to go! 

I attended Salone del Mobile last month, and they weren't kidding when they said it is the largest furniture show in the world. With 22 pavilions featuring the latest trends in furniture and lighting, there was a lot to be inspired by. We look forward to using some of these fantastic resources on our upcoming projects.  
In the meantime, here are some of our favorites:

Swarovski Booth Design- Laser cut metal & crystals

Bolon Booth- woven synthetic flooring sculpted into a human face


Movie of Artemide spinning pendant lights
Latest LED technology showing shapes, color temperature

VIBIA light fixture Edge lit panels

Bocce installation of tree-like light fixture


Motion-Sensor Chandelier that replicates human movement beneath it

Wine Display by "elite,TO BE"

TON side chairs in an ombre finish

Diesel Booth- Wood Floor with ombre finish; Seating & lighting by Diesel

Ponte dei Mari- Exterior area of Exhibit Hall in Milan

Glass structure above Ponte dei Mari- Indoor/outdoor roof

Main Hall of Ponte die Mari

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Design Goals: Connecting to the Outdoors

Often times it's necessary to get out from behind the computer screen and find inspiration from our own experiences.

A goal for one our of projects is to "Connect to the Outdoors" within each and every space. Our team tackled two initiatives in one afternoon, enjoying Linton Hopkins' new Cafe AND the lush greenery of Atlanta's Botanical Gardens. 

Even though everything wasn't in its springtime bloom, nature's radiating, spiraling, curling, organic patterns were exquisite.  We were in awe of the contrasting lines outlining details of stems, veins, and connections.

Plant Roots hanging from the roof of the greenhouse

 I dare you not to smile :)

Friday, April 17, 2015

ai3 adventures into the Depths of Atlanta's Flatiron Building

Braving the endless, soggy weather in Atlanta, our studio ventured downtown yesterday for a tour of the historic Flatiron Building. 

Dan, Jason & Amy have been working on the renovation project for months now, and we finally took a break together to get down to the site and view the many textures and stories ourselves.

Existing Lobby & Main Entry
Central Steel Stair, circa 1897
Typical Tenant Floor, Work in Progress
The Point Side
Cross Bracing Riveted Steel
Detail of Riveted Steel Structure
Original Steel Column
Original Herringbone Patterned Wood Plank and Stone Tile Flooring
Below Peachtree Street
Original Basement Vault

Original Safe Deposit Boxes inside Vault

Original Keys to the Safe Deposit Boxes
Found object in Basement- Gears
Found Piano in the Basement
Don't worry, no communal restrooms planned

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Perspective & Self Forgiveness

Today I learned the post office is releasing a "Forever" stamp in honor of Maya Angelou. She died less than a year ago, and on April 4th, she would have been 87 years old.

I keep a note from my mother on my desktop. One of her favorite quotes from I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is about self forgiveness, "When I was young I did the best I could. As I grew older, I learned more and I did better." 
She also shared a collection of thoughts from one of Maya Angelou's interviews with Oprah, which I read when I need to gain perspective:

"I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life goes on, and it will be better tomorrow."

"I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights."

"I've learned that making a 'living' is not the same thing as 'making a life.'"

"I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance."

"I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw some things back."

"I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision."

"I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug or just a friendly pat on the back..."

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

Thursday, March 5, 2015

ECHO restaurant - One Year Later at The King and Prince, St. Simons Island

Congratulations and Happy Anniversary to Micajah Sturdivant and MMI Hotel Group!

In the year since ECHO restaurant opened in The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort on St. Simons Island, GA, the design and experience seem to be accomplishing many of the goals our team set out to achieve.
  • Tell a Story unique to the history of The King and Prince.
  • Showcase the only Beachfront Dining view in St. Simons
  • Offer a Destination for both Locals and Guests
  • Create a Southern Coastal Experience 

In the "BEST OF" Awards from Elegant Island Living of St. Simons Island, ECHO was honored in (3) coveted categories, and most importantly, these were voted on by LOCALS and visitors. 

Best New Thing about St. Simons Island - ECHO Restaurant
Best New Restaurant - ECHO 
Best View from a Restaurant - King and Prince Beach & Gold Resort 

I must confess, I am the most excited to be part of this renovation, as my grandparents, parents, uncle, great aunts & uncles, all have memories of dances and dinners at The King & Prince.  One of my parents 1st dates was there.  To think that my career has the ability to create memories for a whole new generation, is a powerful reminder of why I love what we do.  
Thank you, Micajah, for believing in us.

See more photos of every nook & cranny on

Check out this "Before & After" profile on Hotel Chatter:'s_King_and_Prince_Resort_in_Georgia

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Cooks & Soldiers - Night out with the ai3 team

We had the best time last night at the "Friends and Family" dinner for Cooks & Soldiers. The Castellucci Family's 4th restaurant will have its Grand Opening on Monday, November 24th. Those of us connected with the project got a taste of the menu, wine, and the experience of the new design. I snapped a few photographs. Additional settees and lounge chairs for the dining room are stuck in the Buffalo snow storm! Hopefully they will be here soon to complete the design.