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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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Yesterday I shared one Harrington College of Design Alumna’s experience as she transitioned from snowy Chicago to her professional career in Interior Design in Hawaii. Today, Tami shares some valuable advice she learned along the way of her journey.

Tami said, “Since graduating and going through the job hunting process, I definitely appreciate the fact that we are taught a wide spectrum of interior design skills at Harrington.  Those in the profession that I have spoken with since graduating have mentioned the professionalism in my portfolio presentation: that it shows my understanding of the different aspects of what goes into a project.  I made sure to incorporate architectural drawings, design development, renderings, and the process of how I was able to reach my final design. 

I believe that the two valuable pieces of information I took from Harrington were as follows:

  • Be congruent through your entire design process.  This sounds so simple, but it takes time and understanding of how you approach design as an individual to develop the ability to be congruent in your design from concept to space planning to furniture selection.  This is something that I have noticed has made a difference in the presentation of my design skills.
  • Completely express yourself through your portfolio.  My portfolio teacher, Tom Marquardt, was fantastic in the sense that when it came to formatting our portfolio he allowed us to be completely free.  He truly wanted us to be able to express ourselves through our work, which I am so thankful for the opportunity to have learned.  From him, I was able to gain a better understanding of myself through design and further develop it.”

Tami also shared one of her sources for inspiration – Teknion’s third edition of “Design Does Matter” stating, “I strongly encourage anyone interested in design to read these books!  They are compilations of designers from all areas, writing about why design is significant in our world and for our generation.  They definitely keep me motivated and excited about what we do!”

Thanks for sharing your advice Tami, and we look forward to hearing an update from you soon here at the Harrington College of Design! We’re currently about a foot of snow deep here in Chicago in our own Winter Wonderland, so hope you are enjoying the sun and sand 🙂

Featured design work is by Tami Stevens from her Harrington Thesis project.

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Originally from Iowa, Tami Stevens decided one day to pursue a career in interior design. After googling “top interior design schools”, Harrington’s name came up. After learning more about the Harrington College of Design, Tami made the move to Chicago and completed her BFA in Interior Design in 2010. Upon graduation, Tami and her boyfriend decided to make their dream a reality: to move to a remote island in the Pacific – Hawaii!

As soon as she graduated, Tami hit the ground running professionally: after contacting several firms and visiting industry events, Tami landed a contract position creating spec books for an Air Traffic Control Center on a base in South Korea. She then turned her sights to the island where she hoped to live. “Before graduating, I researched the different opportunities in interior design firms in Hawaii.  During a week stay in Hawaii, I met with five firms and discussed with them the possibilities for someone who was just graduating in Interior Design.  I also brought the draft of my portfolio for their review.  When I came back to Harrington College in Chicago (while in Tom Marquardt ‘s Interior Design Portfolio class), I was able to make the necessary adjustments to my portfolio, based on the companies that I would actually be applying to in the near future.  From that experience, I knew that I would be able to become successful in the field of interior design while still living in my dream location!” Tami said.

Tami’s hard work and research paid off: after a competitive interview process for an open position at PhilPotts, a leading design firm in Hawaii, Tami was successful in landing a Jr. Designer position. Speaking of her design interests, Tami shared, “My primary interest is not just interior design, but design in its entirety.  From architecture, graphics, urban engineering to product design, etc., I appreciate learning about all aspects of design and how it has the ability to influence the world around us.” 

Tami shared some fun facts about her transition from snowy Chicago to the tropical island, sharing:

  • “78 degrees becomes sweatshirt weather after only living here for six months
  • I usually see a rainbow on the way to and from work every day
  • There are several different climates between the 8 islands – Big Island (Hawaii) even has snow!
  • Nobody honks their horn here – not even cabs
  • We don’t need air conditioning – the trade winds that come through our apartment are enough to keep it cool!
  • Sustainability is a HUGE part of everyone’s lives.  Living on an island in the middle of the ocean creates the sense of urgency that so many other places would benefit from.”

Keep reading tomorrow when Tami shares some great advice from her experience pursuing her dream position in a competitive industry!

Photo courtesy Tami Stevens. Photo is of Tami and Tom Marquardt, Harrington College of Design Interior Design instructor, at Tami’s graduation in 2010 from the Harrington College of Design.

Hawaii photo courtesy The Daily Ornellas

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On November 3rd, 2010, outstanding Interior Design student work from Thesis Prep, Thesis, and Portfolio classes was showcased at the semi-annual Interior Design Professionals Night at the Harrington College of Design. This event allows Harrington Interior Design students to present their designs and receive constructive feedback on their work from leading design professionals and alumni. It also created the opportunity for current Harrington students to network and connect with working professionals in the industry.

You can see all photos from the event here.  

A warm thank you to Tom Marquart, Sarah Kuchar and Peter Klick for helping to bring the talented Interior Design Experts to the Harrington College for the event.

And, of course, special thanks to all the experts:
James Kursar,  Dawn D’Orso, Julie Amato-Kohl, Tom Marquardt, Lynne Marrs, Vince Gammino, Daniel Fogerty, John Rouse, Jim Wild, Lauren Hoffman, John Kelly, Lena Kitson, Dianna Schlaff,  Alison Wilcox, Meredith Smerchek, Jessica Statz, Tim Wolfe, Sarah Kuchar  and Li-Pei Schweder.

We look forward to the Spring Semester Professional Night!  

Photos courtesy Peter Klick

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