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Information for this article was provided by Tom Marquardt, principal and founder of marquardt+ in Chicago, IL and an Interior Design instructor at the Harrington College of Design, as featured within The Journal of Light Construction May 2011 issue.

This feature is continued from yesterday.

After the living areas were taken care of, Tom next looked to transform the bathroom and kitchen. He enlarged the bath by borrowing a foot from the hallway and three feet towards the front of the apartment. Replacing the front wall of the bathroom with textured translucent glass allowed it to receive natural light during the day, while at night its internal lights can provide accent lighting to the living areas outside. You can see the before and after picture above!

For the kitchen, Tom and his marquardt+ team truly started to get creative. “People always seem to end up in the kitchen, so even though this one was very small, it needed to be a comfortable place for guests to hang out and convenient for the cook. Since expanding it wasn’t an option, we decided to design it for multiple uses. The washer and dryer are beneath the wall counter, the island provides a place to fold clothes, and (as detailed yesterday) the guest bedroom can double as a seating area.”

From a stainless steel prep table island, to inexpensive brackets and standard wire shelving for dish storage, Tom controlled costs by creating functional and custom areas that often doubled in their use. “The drawers beneath the long counter are actually Herman Miller Meridian commercial file cabinets. We placed a plant box in the window sill to block the view of the roof next door while still letting in the daylight. Nothing is built in. The island is freestanding, and the shelves and cabinets are clipped in place. This makes it easy to pull things out and replace them, whether to reconfigure the kitchen for a rental or to stage it for a sale,” Tom said.

With the shotgun flat project complete, Tom Marquardt shares his insight: “What are the lessons from this project? One is that while people want big bedrooms, you can compensate with a bigger bath, a more inviting public area, and built-in storage — and by thinking more broadly about product options.

The larger lesson is that you can live well in a small space. Why build 3,000 square feet when you can build half that and live or work just as comfortably? Designing within a limited footprint takes imagination, but if you’re flexible in your approach it’s amazing what becomes possible.”

About Tom Marquardt and marquardt+
Tom Marquardt, principal and founder of marquardt+, initially established his practice in 1988 as Marquardt Design Collaboratives with three studios located in Chicago, Milwaukee, and London. Skilled designers and architects led each studio utilizing interdisciplinary design methods to create innovative solutions. Tom Marquardt and Vince Gammino led the Chicago studio, Greg Martin headed the Milwaukee studio, and Andrea Brown maintained the London studio. MDC successfully completed projects in the US, Europe, Egypt and Dubai, and now continues its interdisplinary design tradition as marquardt+ through experience and confidence which translates into comprehensive, yet decisive creativity.

Tom is the definition of interdisciplinary design with a triple major in Graphic, Industrial and Interior Design. He not only brings his vision of cross discipline design to a project, but the objectivity of a seasoned business owner.

In addition to running a business, Tom also teaches at the Harrington College of Design. He was recently asked to create the first Branded Environments course in the nation. He also presents at conferences, educational institutions and professional organizations.

Photos by Michelle Litvin Photography  and Jaysen Goranson Photography

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Information for this article was provided by Tom Marquardt, principal and founder of marquardt+ in Chicago, IL and an Interior Design instructor at the Harrington College of Design, as featured within The Journal of Light Construction May 2011 issue.

Built around the start of the 20th century, a shotgun flat combines European urban architecture with commercial space at ground level and living accommodations above. Chicago has thousands of shotgun flats, all with the trademark long and narrow layout: when Tom Marquardt bought one, he and his marquardt+ team looked beyond the architectural limitations to create a truly unique and personalized space.

“When I bought an early 20th century commercial three-flat in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood, the goal was to put our architectural design studio, marquardt+,  on the ground floor, rent out the second-floor apartment and live on the third floor. Such live/work arrangements have been attracting quite a bit of interest in urban areas like ours, so I was excited to have the chance to adapt this building to modern standards,” said Tom.

The main challenge of the space was the narrow construct: the 900 square foot third floor is 51 feet long and just 19.5 feet wide. To open up the space and increase light in the front of the building, Tom removed door archways, knocked down walls, added mirrors, installed larger windows and kept to a light paint color scheme that ranged from light grey and silver to beige.

Living room before and after:

“The back of the apartment posed more of a challenge. Much of our business is for commercial clients — showrooms, retail spaces, offices, and restaurants — and some of the lessons learned on those projects came in handy here. For instance, there was no practical way to enlarge either of the small bedrooms, which were bounded by two exterior walls, the stair- well, and the narrow hallway. We compensated by opening these two rooms up to the adjacent spaces. We also added two sliding MDF doors on a 30-foot length of galvanized barn-door hardware, so that each space can be closed off for privacy or opened up for elbow room,” Tom shared.

An example of this can be seen below: a small rear bedroom close to the kitchen was opened up to become a spacious space for guests to sit in, complete with built-in storage units underneath the beds. And to keep things interesting for the cook, the bedroom/guest area also has a flatscreen TV that is viewable from the kitchen!

See more of Tom’s Shotgun flat tomorrow!

Photos by Michelle Litvin Photography  and Jaysen Goranson Photography

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Patrick H. Grzybek, LC, LEEDap, AIA, IES, USGBC currently teaches the Fundamentals of Lighting TEC373 at the Harrington College of Design. Recently Patrick was asked to be one of just five panelists at a GE Lighting hosted media luncheon and panel discussion held on November 18th at Greenbuild 2010 in Chicago.

At the panel discussion, the “5 Forward” theme asked the panel to think about the future of lighting five years from now, including areas of discussion such as:

• How will we light our homes and businesses five years from now?
• How will government regulations and consumer attitudes re-shape the lighting industry?
• Will new construction or retrofit lighting look profoundly different in 2015?
• Which products will be subject to new federal efficiency standards between 2015 and 2020?

To gain some insight on Patricks’s views, I followed up with him after the event to find out some of his responses to the topics posed above. In response, Mr. Grzybek’s shared his viewpoints below:

How will we light our homes and businesses 5 years from now?

Patrick said, “Changes to the way we light our homes and businesses will accelerate during the next 5 years. Businesses, due to current energy codes, have adapted much more to energy reducing strategies since the beginning of this decade. Residential lighting will see the greatest change in available technology and because of this, visual environments will change from what we are accustomed to.”

How will government regulations and consumer attitudes re-shape the lighting industry?

“Government regulations are having a profound effect on the lighting industry both in lamp and light fixture technology. Consumer attitudes are slowly but surely embracing new lighting technologies. The desire for energy efficiency is becoming part of our overall vocabulary and it appears that the additional cost needed to achieve this efficiency is being reasonably accepted. However, we are reaching a point where greater governmental demands to reduce energy consumption through a reduction in lighting loads based on current technologies is not going to be practical.”

 

At the Greenbuild 2010 event media representatives included industry leaders including Builder, New York House Magazine, Inhabitat.com, Architectural Products, Chicago Home Improvement Magazine, LEDs Magazine, Green Builder, EcoHome, tED magazine, K + BB, Sustainable Chicago Magazine, GreenBiz.com, Green Manufacturer and GreenSource Magazine.

Way to represent Harrington Patrick!

Images courtesy Greenbuild and Charles and Hudson.

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This feature is continued from yesterday.
 
Ryan Kapp, Harrington College of Design Foundations instructor, has been teaching at our college for 8 years.  When I asked Ryan to describe his inspiration for his work, Ryan commented, “I am inspired by my everyday surroundings, mid-century modern design, surf/skate culture, my Midwestern roots, the Chicago silk screen community and creativity in general. There are a whole slew of painters that have influenced me as well, but two whose influence is evident in my recent work would have to be Fairfield Porter and Alex Katz. I enjoy depicting figures in space, often surrounded by flat colors and sometimes shown engaged in some kind of activity like surfing, swimming, playing music, sunbathing at the park etc. I usually depict these figures in a small scale so that they appear as part of a bigger whole. Painting small people reminds me of playing with Star Wars action figures as a kid. I use large areas of areas of flat color to serve a decorative purpose, but also to leave room for the viewer to fill in their own story and complete the painting. I paint because it is a playful and creative way to spend my time. it is important to me to retain that sense of play in my everyday life and I hope that comes through in my artwork.”

See more of Ryan’s work, including new images of recent his recent paintings, prints and illustrations at his site: ryankapp.com.
Coming up in September, Ryan will be participating in the Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago. Keep reading tomorrow to learn more about the Fair!

About Ryan Kapp: 
Ryan Kapp grew up in Columbus, Ohio where he spent his formative days drawing and skateboarding with his twin brother and friends. He studied studio art at both Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and the Columbus College of Art & Design. In 2000, he moved to Chicago to attend graduate school at Northwestern University. In his recent work, Ryan draws upon imagery from his native Midwestern surroundings and mixes it with a graphic sensibility. His paintings explore ideas of reduction and stylistic juxtaposition that work together to create an environment driven by mood. Ryan currently resides in Chicago where he divides his time between teaching and painting.

Painting and print courtesy Ryan Kapp

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As Harrington prepares for the exciting fall semester, I wanted to keep sharing some backgrounds of our outstanding faculty members. Last week, I shared with you Duffy O’Connor, a Harrington College of Design Foundations instructor who has been with us for 10 years. You can check out his feature here and here. Today, I’d like to introduce Ryan Kapp, another Foundations instructor that has been with our college for 8 years.

Ryan teaches Foundations courses at Harrington, including Drawing, 2D Design, Color, Perspective & Rendering and Computer Illustration. Originally from Columbus, OH, Ryan came to Chicago to attend Graduate school at Northwestern University in 2000. There, he studied in the Department of Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern and received his MFA in 2002. Once he graduated, Ryan learned of Harrington from one of his peers in the graduate program at Northwestern. Knowing that he was interested in teaching, he applied, and soon began instructing part-time in the Fall of 2002.

Speaking of his first years at the Harrington College of Design, Ryan said, “When I first started teaching at Harrington it was located in the Fine Arts Building on S. Michigan Ave. I taught part-time for couple years and then was hired on full-time. After one year as a full-timer, I was promoted to Program Coordinator of Foundations. During that time we revamped the Foundations curriculum to accommodate a broader range of design disciplines. I also won a teacher of the year award from Career Education Company in 2006-07 while serving as the Foundations Coordinator. After two years as the Program Coordinator, I decided to take a step back to focus on my art career. I stepped down as the Coordinator and returned to part-time teaching where I continue to teach two to three classes per semester at Harrington year round. I split my time between teaching and working in my studio just west of downtown in the Fulton Market area.”


Keep reading tomorrow when I will share Ryan’s inspiration behind his work!
 
 
Paintings courtesy Ryan Kapp

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