It says a great deal about the style and grace of architectural woodwork when a prestigious architect chooses to design his offices with Rosewood. Mix in glass, stainless steel, fabric wrapped panels and metal mesh curtains and you have the warm, inviting, gorgeous contemporary space that is Ted Moudis Associates.
Ted Moudis Associates is a New York City based architectural and interior design firm specializing in retail and corporate interiors. Established in 1990, the firm opened a second office in Chicago in 2003.
The primary design consideration for the 32,000 square foot New York office was to create a progressive environment. Commissioned to fabricate and install the custom designed woodwork was AWI member firm ISLAND Architectural Woodwork, Inc., Ronkonkoma, New York.
“The design is a mixture of both functionality and creativity, both of which are visible throughout the open studio workspace as well as into the common areas,” notes Design Director Jacqueline Barr.” Being an architectural firm we wanted to create a modern and contemporary space that would appeal to all our existing staff and clients as well as work as a recruiting tool to attract new talent.”
Low systems panels at workstations allow maximum visual interaction between teams and colleagues as well as letting natural daylight to filter deep into the studio space. A variety of meeting rooms and brainstorming areas are also conveniently located throughout both floors, incorporating full height glass partitions and sliding doors. A communal staircase, along with a dividable multi-purpose room and café create the opportunity for interaction as well.
“The overall feel of the space had to not only be simple to enhance the beauty of the veneer, but also create a neutral canvas for the open areas where color and texture is constantly on display,” points out Barr.
“It is important to our firm that our workspace becomes a showroom”, explains Ted Moudis, AIA. “Bringing clients onto our floors really gives them a sense of our design capabilities. It confirms our ability to translate real needs into a functional and aesthetically dynamic space.”
Bright, white tones form a pure, stark backdrop to the rich dramatic Santos Rosewood. Warm and cool shades of grey are used on the floors and wall and accented with the natural tones of ochre-colored furniture and fabric panels.
Custom architectural woodwork elements fabricated for the project include paneling and the desk in the reception area, paneling and conference table in the boardroom, credenzas, doors and panels in the private offices and multi-purpose rooms, and paneling along the stairway.
Rosewood is used on all veneer doors and as a feature backdrop to the staircase. “We were looking for dramatic veneer that was less commonly used than the normal veneer selections on projects,” explains Barr.
“After viewing flitches we choose Rosewood because of its wonderful figuring and warm tone, a perfect contrast to the more minimal and cool finishes surrounding its application.”
A lacquered paint finish is found on the wall paneling in the main elevator in the reception area, also an effective backdrop to the strong veneer.
The drama and beauty of the Rosewood paneling can be attributed to the unique horizontal end match, notes ISLAND Architectural Woodwork’s Stephen Sama. “ There was a high degree of difficulty due to the matching artistry required for the paneling in the reception and stair areas,” he says.
The conference table is our main feature in the presentation room with the surrounding wood panels and credenza playing as backdrop, notes Moudis. “To add interest to the table we combined carefully matched stained Cherry end banding with stainless steel inlays. AV capabilities were also part of the design so the pop-up boxes as well as built-in microphones required careful coordination by all consultants. The feature double story wall paneling at the stairwell and logo wall also required careful flitch selection in order to create the drama and precise matching.”
“We had an excellent rapport with ISLAND Woodworking.” Moudis continues. “They not only provided all of our woodwork but also all our drywall. We classify our working relationship as very good. The lines of communication were always open and nothing fell through the cracks.”
The AWI member firm worked very closely with us on the hand selection process as well as supplying multiple samples to make sure that the final outcome and finish was perfect, adds Barr. “Due to the expanse of veneer being used in such visible areas, the flitches were hand selected at the factory and allocated zone by zone to ensure that tone and grain were perfect throughout. It was an extremely time consuming effort, but incredibly worthwhile.”
Our primary consideration in designing our headquarters space was to ensure our office showcases our ability in exquisite finish selection and pairing, summarized Moudis. “Since our design approach was primarily contemporary and sparse in feel we wanted to include a warm element that expresses a slightly more transitional aspect to appeal to more tastes.”
Photo 1: Bright, White tones form a pure, stark backdrop to the rich dramatic Santos Rosewood paneling.
Photo 2: Striking rosewood veneered doors lead to the conference room where the focus is the beautiful custom built table featuring Cherry end banding and stainless steel inlays.
Photo 3: Elegantly figured rosewood paneling in the reception are at the stairwell makes a dramatic statement in the contemporary office space.
Photo 4: The Design of the library is a mixture of both functionality and creativity.
AT A GLANCE:
AWI MANUFACTURING MEMBER: ISLAND Architectural Woodwork, Inc
“We promote the use of raw materials and manufacturing processes which contribute to clean air and water and strive to use non-toxic renewable and recyclable materials. We use premium grade FSC- Certified wood assembled with no added urea formaldehyde, low VOC adhesives, manufactured in our facilities with recycled cores to help projects maximize USGBC LEED points on schedule and on budget.”
-Angelo DeMarco, Production Manager