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This feature is continued from yesterday…

While the Baech client did have some existing furniture, some additional pieces were needed.  Collaborating with Seipp Wohnen, Peter worked to integrate existing pieces with some classic and contemporary pieces from the Seipp store.

He also visited Milan to attend the International Furniture Fair and the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in Chicago to view the latest in contemporary furniture. “It’s very important to keep up to date in what’s going on in the industry and be continually inspired,” Peter said.  From these events, he discovered the Rapsel illuminated sinks that ended up in the Baech house.  

“This client was an absolute perfectionist, and a perfectionist is usually the perfect client. They listened to my advice, and understood where I was coming from. At the same time, they knew exactly what they wanted, and were interested in a minimalist contemporary design down to the smallest details in the house. I’m very grateful to be able to work with a client like this and look forward to the next project! A good project is only possible with a good client.” 
View more pictures of the project here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/klickli/sets/72157623691102534/


About Peter Klick:
Peter Klick has worked for over 30 years as an interior designer all over Europe and North America, owning an interior design company since 1984. He has been widely published in leading newspapers, interior design magazines and design books, including the latest publication “The Interior Designers Launch Pad” by Fairchild New York. Peter moved from Switzerland to Chicago in 1999. Since then, Peter has been an interior design educator and interior designer working for Chicago based firms and clients. Peter is teaching upper-level interior design classes and is Program Coordinator of Interior Design, responsible for competition and student events. Peter has a Master of Arts in Interior Architecture and Furniture Design from the Staatlichen Akademie Der Bildenden Kuenste Stuttgart, Germany and licensed degree in Classical Furniture and Fine Wood Working from the Gewerbeschule Basel, Switzerland. Visit his website at http://www.klickinteriors.com/.

About Seipp Wohnen:  
Seipp Wohnen features first-class design, where every available room proposes an idea and creates a special atmosphere. Seipp has two locations, one in Waldshut and the other in Tiengen, Germany and combines classic and completely new interior design solutions with big names.

Names such as Le Corbusier, Ray and Charles Eames, Marcel Breuer, Arne Jacobsen, Eileen Gray, Ron Arad and Jasper Morrison, Jean Nouvel, whose classic and original work are regularly featured at Seipp in special exhibitions.

Fine fabrics, window treatments, accessories, table linens, and carpets in all sizes, whether high or noble Florigen hand-knotted, are all offered in the textile department at Seipp in Waldshut. Materials that make people enjoy living. And as a member of the Verband “Creative Inneneinrichter”, Seipp Wohnen knows what to recommend to their clients.

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On the beautiful hills next to Lake Zurich in Switzerland, in a little village called “Baech”, a young couple purchased a house with only the structural walls, windows and roof complete. When Harrington Interior Design instructor and Program Coordinator, Peter Klick, was asked to do the interior of a house from a thousand miles away here in Chicago, without a chance to see the site, he welcomed the opportunity and challenge.

“In today’s world, we have many technical tools that allow us to easily communicate quickly and in great detail over long distances. The client was a young working couple, with a very contemporary, detail oriented ‘less is more’ taste,” said ID Instructor Peter Klick. Right away, Peter began to redesign the floor plan space. 

The client closely advised the necessary utilization space – some rooms were declared to be used only as storage, technical rooms, sauna with steam bath, laundry room, etc., with designated areas for closets and a winter garden. As Peter stated, “How to bring those rooms into a unit and not to separate them from the concept was the biggest challenge.”


The final concept of the Baech house overlooking Lake Zurich in Switzerland featured an all white color palette, cantilever staircase, fireplace with storage, basalt flooring, LED imbedded lighted terrace that led like a runway to the lake, unobstructed lake views, and utilization of storage throughout the space. Working with mirrors and high doors, Peter also created a design that opened up the space to make it appear larger and lighter, making the most of every corner of the high-valued real estate. “Other people stop designing in the laundry room, but the good designers start there,” Klick laughed while saying . Working from Peter’s detailed plans, Supaarch, an architecture firm based in Zurich, Switzerland brought the concept to life.

Keep reading tomorrow to see the completed project…

About Supaarch:
Located in the lower left region of Lake Zurich and the surrounding area, Supaarch is a provider of innovative, high-quality architectural services provided by an exceptionally qualified team of experienced and well trained, flexible and motivated professionals.

Supparch specialize in all power modes according to SIA – strategic planning, preliminary studies, design, tendering, construction – as well as discussions analysis. From projects of various sizes whether new construction, reconstruction or renovation of a contemporary, functional style they consistently deliver high customer satisfaction.

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Kathryn Brassfield’s love story with green design materialized with her move to rural Ohio after graduation from Harrington in 2002. She recently completed a three year project designing and building an eco-friendly structure in central Ohio. The building style is called “cob” and is one of the oldest building methods known to man. The buildings are also referred to as “sculpted houses”. 

Cob consists of a mixture of earth (part clay, part dirt, part sand) and straw combined together with water. The batter is then mixed with your feet, and once the consistency is correct you can begin to form and sculpt it using your hands. There are no modern day tools involved! Though cob building may be considered an historical method, it has been on the rise on the west coast and the southwest since the 1980s when Ianto Evans revived cob building in America. Brassfield’s building partner was trained under Ianto himself.
“I was working at a bank when I met Freeman, the master cobber…Freeman was working on laying the second course of the foundation when I joined him on the project… which eventually led to us falling in love!” The pair held workshops and had groups of volunteers from time to time to assist them with the project. The team built the cob structure for Kenyon College’s Brown Family Environmental Center. The BFEC has over 300 acres of stunning, all natural, restored Ohio prairie and gardens. A natural building was requested to look as though it belonged in the prairie. The structure was built using cob and donated local materials and supplies, which included reclaimed barn wood, salvaged structural materials, and wine bottles for windows (generously donated by Kenyon college students). The stained glass windows were made by an artist. The metal roofing material, the only new item on the building, was also donated from a local company.

Cob homes still exist on the coast of Great Britain that are over 500 years old. Every cob structure is one of a kind. They are known to withstand earthquakes, have incredible thermal mass, make use of completely reused materials and are literally dirt cheap!

Kathryn continues to work on cob projects and offers workshops on building with cob and using earthen plasters. For more information contact: kathrynbrassfield@hotmail.com.

Information courtesy Kathryn Brassfield as featured in the 12/15/09 HCD Alumni Newsletter

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A long time Interior Designer and Educator, Barbara Harriet Marks had a great skill at creating dynamic spaces with her use of color, and was still taking clients well into her 80’s. Born and raised in Vermont, Barbara Marks came to Chicago in the 1940s, where she received a bachelor’s degree in interior design from the Art Institute of Chicago. Then from 1972 to 2004, Mrs. Marks worked here at the Harrington College of Design where she created several core class curricula on color, sources and materials. Within a few years of Mrs. Marks’ retirement, Harrington honored her by dedicating the Barbara Marks Student Gallery. Barbara Marks also worked as the proprietor of Let There Be Linen, a popular bed linen shop in Chicago. After a two year battle with Alzheimer’s disease, Mrs. Marks passed away in her home on December 26, 2009.

We remember Barbara Marks not only for her impressive contribution to interior design but also as a dynamic instructor and mentor, who taught with passion and demanded only the best from her students.
A memorial will be held at the Harrington College of Design:
Remembering Barbara: Memorial for Barbara Marks
January 22, 5-6:60 at Harrington College of Design
200 W. Madison, Chicago, IL 60606
Room 106
In lieu of flowers the family is establishing a Barbara Marks Scholarship and would like all remembrances/donations to go to: Harrington College of Design, The Barbara Marks Scholarship
If you are interested in donating, please make all checks payable to “CESF” or the “Career Education Scholarship Fund” for the Barbara Marks Memorial Scholarship
You can read more about Mrs. Marks from a Chicago Tribune article at: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-obit-marks-06-jan06,0,4014875.story


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As 2009 comes to a close, I’d just like to say how great it has been highlighting what goes on “behind the scenes” here at the Harrington College of Design and would like to thank all of those who have sent in their contributions to me and shared their work from inside and outside of the College.

If you attend Harrington, feel free to contact me anytime at

info@harringtoncollege.com if you ever have anything you would like to share!

If you don’t attend Harrington, and are interested in learning more about College, scheduling a tour, or learning more about our admissions workshops, please don’t hesitate to contact admissions directly at admissions@harringtoncollege.com or 877.939.4975.

I wish everyone a very Happy New Year, and look forward to starting off the 2010 with an exclusive “Guest Blogger”: a Harrington alumna who recently visited Barcelona is going to share some insights from her trip!

Photo courtesy Morgue

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Recently Harrington College of Design Instructor, Andy Conklin, had one of his paintings featured in the New American Paintings #83, a competitive exhibition in print published out of the east coast. Founded in 1993, New American Paintings features painters from across the United States and facilitates contact directly between artists and art enthusiasts.

“The painting of Woman and Waiter was inspired by the concept of duality or symmetry, something manifested in the balance of opposites we see all around us. Our own bodies, for example, exhibit bilateral, or left and right, symmetry. Biology also displays this duality, most obviously the difference between male and female sexes.
Andrew S. Conklin is Program Coordinator of Critical Studies & Foundations Department at the Harrington College of Design.

You can see Andy’s selected painting here, titled “Woman and Waiter.” When I followed up with Andy about the painting, I had the opportunity to learn more about its theme.

This balancing of dual forces occurs in other ways. In politics there are conservatives and liberals; in economics, buyers and sellers, as well as upper and lower income groups. Hunting consists of pursuer and prey.

My aim in the painting was to personify this concept by depicting a young woman and middle-aged man. Their roles, as buyer and seller, innocent and experienced, highlight their differences, and the complementary nature of their interaction. Each has different aims that can only be realized by mutual reciprocation.

This work is one of three of a similar format and subject that I submitted to the New American Paintings competition. The original impetus for the image came from a famous painting by the Italian Baroque artist Artemisia Gentileschi, one of the few professional women painters of that era. Her work is a biblical subject, Judith and her Maidservant. I first saw the painting on a trip to Rome.”

Interested in submitting your own work to the New American Painting publication? You can find out more by visiting:

Painting Courtesy Andrew Conklin

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Harrington’s new Experience(d) program combines years of faculty experience from a variety of design fields to provide a hands-on studio environment for students. Recently, students in the program were given a challenging assignment: team up to create a runway worthy outfit made of just three materials – paper, tape and honeycomb cardboard. From design to construction, each team had just six hours to bring their concept to life.  

Finding inspiration from within their team, as well as from design magazines, you can see the process of one team’s design execution in this blog post. Calling themselves “Studio Spice”, the team’s Design Philosophy was “Design is a visual expression of modern society. We want to create an innovative, inspirational, edgy look based on mainstream design.” Working from distinct lines and angles, Studio Spice pulled together a look that was both unique and cohesive to their concept.
You can read Studio Spices first-hand account of the project on their blog post.
And, as promised, here is a link to the other team blogs from this exciting program- check them out to learn what the first few weeks as a Harrington student in the Experience(d) program is like! 

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