Archinect - seamless 2014-04-18T12:05:32-04:00 http://archinect.com/blog/article/83086082/architect architect. dawn m trimble 2013-09-30T21:12:12-04:00 >2013-10-14T17:00:00-04:00 <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/39/39a3lprexmqbf3f2.jpg" title=""></p> <p> "I love building spaces: architecture, furniture, all of it, probably more than fashion.&nbsp; The development procedure is more tactile.&nbsp; It's about space and form and it's something you can share with people."&nbsp; - Donna Karan</p> <p> Architecture is a broad, complex and exciting subject.&nbsp; The same can be said for the profession.&nbsp; From following my blog, most of you know that I have a love for all things design. However, my career interests lie in the harmonious and successful blending of (the ideas of) interior and exterior and its immediate contextual and cultural surroundings.</p> <p> From a post a few weeks ago (<a href="http://dawntrimble.wordpress.com/2013/09/06/decorator-architect-designer/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">decorator. architect. designer.</a>) I wrote of my beginning experiences in summer option (Auburn University CADC) and how I ended up on the side with the people-who-like-interior-design because I liked the course description.&nbsp; While that may give the impression that I wasn't very informed about my career aspirations - it has revealed more to me now than it did at that time.&nbsp; I believe ...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/81236082/decorator-architect-designer decorator. architect. designer. dawn m trimble 2013-09-06T21:22:33-04:00 >2013-09-17T00:01:53-04:00 <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8a/8a2qu2of19om5osm.jpg" title=""></p> <p> .</p> <p> I am not attempting to be a renaissance women &ndash; I don&rsquo;t think I have the time.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Long ago, before any talk about college or careers (we&rsquo;re talking 14 years old here), I used to draw floor plans in a spiral bound notebook.&nbsp; That was my thing&hellip;I would spend a few hours a week cryptically diagramming out how a person would move through a space.&nbsp; I would close my eyes and imagine how natural light might affect a space, what changes in level would do and how activities should dictate the shape of a room.&nbsp; My mother saw my intense interest in this and suggested I take &lsquo;drafting&rsquo; classes &ndash; and so I did.&nbsp; In high school, my drafting teacher and guidance counselor both suggested majoring in architecture.</p> <p> Upon graduating high school, I was accepted into Auburn University&rsquo;s College of Architecture, Design &amp; Constructions&rsquo; Summer Option program.&nbsp; Summer Option was an intense 8 or 9 week program for freshmen students interested in architecture, interior design and building construc...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/80502266/the-mentor the mentor dawn m trimble 2013-08-28T09:11:34-04:00 >2013-09-02T21:50:30-04:00 <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xi/xi0wi5wj9uu7mlb9.jpg" title=""></p> <p> "Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn." - Benjamin Franklin</p> <p> .</p> <p> There are movies we watch that mean different things to us at different moments in our lives.&nbsp; In watching them you come to realize something new and different - either about the movie or you, or both.&nbsp; Most recently I re-watched the Karate Kid in its entirety.&nbsp; The first few times I saw the movie I understood it to be about a coming-of-age young man learning how to stand up for himself.&nbsp; This last time I watched it, because of where I am in my life, I "watched" from the perspective of Mr. Miyagi.</p> <p> What was interesting about watching from this perspective is that we, the viewers, only know Mr. Miyagi as the karate master to Daniel ("Danielson") - we aren't privy to anything in his life.&nbsp; As the movie progresses, we come to understand that Mr. Miyagi has suffered a great deal of pain and loss. It dawned on me that even though Mr. Miyagi suffered a personally, he never let his ...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/72111037/just-too-much just too much... dawn m trimble 2013-04-27T20:48:00-04:00 >2013-04-30T18:24:35-04:00 <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vk/vk2nabh7linankz2.jpg" title=""></p> <p> A wise person once told me that editing is the most important exercise of design.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Sometimes, not editing can result in a finished work that &ldquo;reads&rdquo; like a woman who has on too much make-up or a man who has on too much jewelry &ndash; in both cases, neither the women nor the man fully understand their natural beauty.&nbsp; I guess they feel the extra&rsquo;s somehow make them enough.</p> <p> I believe the same is true for architecture and interior design.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Recently my husband and I spent a weekend at a boutique hotel in a city outside of Albany, GA for our baby moon (short vacation before the arrival of our 2nd baby).&nbsp; In its attempts to be hip, cool and fresh, every square foot in the lobby of this hotel was "designed" - which, to me, resulted in a visually noisy and jarring atmosphere.&nbsp; A catalogue of materials &ndash; carpet, stone, concrete, metal, glass, silk, boucle, plywood, bamboo, velvet, resided in this lobby hotel (see below). The issue here is not to focus on the name or location of t...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/67568741/a-case-for-the-small a case for the small... dawn m trimble 2013-02-14T09:55:00-05:00 >2013-02-18T22:40:56-05:00 <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/go/go0e6ov2kvgsiusw.jpg" title=""></p> <p> &ldquo;We are facing an enormous problem in our lives today.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s so big we can hardly see it, and it&rsquo;s right in our face all day, every day.&nbsp; We&rsquo;re living too big lives, crammed from top to toe with activities, urgencies, and obligations that seem absolute.&nbsp; There&rsquo;s not time to take a breath, no time to look for the source of the problem.&nbsp; We are almost desperate for a solution.&rdquo;&nbsp; - Sarah Susanka from The Not So Big Life: Making Room for What Really Matters</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Every year MA (Modern Atlanta) hosts the Modern Atlanta Home Tour &ndash; which leads modern design connoisseurs on a self-guided tour around some newly finished modern homes in the Atlanta, Ga area.&nbsp; Last year was my first year going to a few, not all, of the homes.&nbsp; While I enjoyed many of the homes I toured, there was one in particular that stood out in my mind in terms of its scale, unassuming street presence and thoughtful interiors.</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/63399290/intimate-spaces intimate spaces dawn m trimble 2012-12-14T11:53:05-05:00 >2012-12-17T22:19:11-05:00 <p> Quick note: This is a reblog from a few months ago and have decided to repost to let my new followers (yea! thank you) know what my specific interests in the realm of design.&nbsp; Let me know your thoughts &ndash; if you like the post or the blog, please visit my Facebook page at: <a href="http://www.facebook.com/seamlessdesign" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seamless</a></p> <p> Thank you in advance ~</p> <p> . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yu/yu1grfqizwcr1dzd.jpg" title=""></p> <p> I have always been fascinated with the idea of intimate space.</p> <p> The definition of &ldquo;intimate&rdquo; is an adjective that suggests &ldquo;friendly&rdquo; and &ldquo;devoted&rdquo;.&nbsp; As it relates to three-dimensional space, we can extrapolate that intimate space is a space that is familiar and close to us, dear to us.&nbsp; Built structures of a small scale do not overwhelm us &ndash; they welcome and comfort us&hellip;</p> <p> By training and profession, I am an interior designer and soon-to-be architect (I must first pass a rigorous professional exam).&nbsp; I started my education and career in interior design because I had an interest in how we use interior space &ndash; we do, af...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/61333446/always-finnish-beautifully always finnish beautifully... dawn m trimble 2012-11-13T19:53:32-05:00 >2012-11-13T19:53:32-05:00 <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tu/tu82i6kn0aja7skl.jpg" title="">Finnish architect and designer Alvar Aalto (1898-1976) was not only known internationally for his architecture, but also for his seemingly simple and elegant furniture pieces.&nbsp; In designing buildings, he believed that each building should be treated like &ldquo;a complete work of art &ndash; right down to the furniture and light fittings&rdquo;.</p> <p> read entire post at: &nbsp;<a href="http://www.dawntrimble.wordpress.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">www.dawntrimble.wordpress.com</a></p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/61082589/196-and-counting 196 and counting... dawn m trimble 2012-11-10T02:37:00-05:00 >2012-11-12T11:30:35-05:00 <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e0/e0evup61xz4gvojy.jpg" title="">In the Spring of 2007, an article in Architect magazine reported that of the 91,000 licensed architects in the United States, only 196 of these licensed architects are African-American women.&nbsp; Really?!&nbsp; Only 196??&nbsp; Personally, I know of 7 licensed African-American architects actively practicing in the southeast.</p> <p> Although we are at the close of 2012, I am hoping that despite the economy of the past few years this number has somehow increased.</p> <p> If only by a little bit.</p> <p> read entire post at: <a href="http://www.dawntrimble.wordpress.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">www.dawntrimble.wordpress.com</a></p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/60792804/the-scale-of-the-detail the scale of the detail dawn m trimble 2012-11-05T19:44:51-05:00 >2012-12-14T12:35:43-05:00 <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oi/oitv0fm3cwktx13q.jpg" title="">"The level of detail and craft is something that's inscribed within the original design concept.&nbsp; And so when I begin to draw, I know what kind of detailing I want the building to have"&nbsp; - Tadao Ando</p> <p> .</p> <p> I am certain that I had seen many details in my life before my introduction to design, but the first detail to I actually noticed and remembered were the ironwork &lsquo;baton&rsquo; pieces that rested angled against the outside windows of the Tea Room of the Glasgow School of Art by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.</p> <p> The definition of the word detail will lead you to many meanings.</p> <p> One definition states that a detail is an &ldquo;attention to or treatment of a subject in individual or minute parts&rdquo;, while another talks about the detail as &ldquo;intricate, finely wrought decoration&rdquo;.&nbsp; Of the numerous definitions, two that are most interesting to me for this post outline a detail as 1) the philosophy and process of detailing while another take on detail references 2) the detail itself.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The Tea Room e...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/59520476/communitas communitas dawn m trimble 2012-10-17T22:41:24-04:00 >2012-10-21T21:28:37-04:00 <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c2/c2qb8rha5dnfnnxd.jpg" title=""></p> <p> "Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.&rdquo;&nbsp; &#8213; Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> In Jane Jacobs' iconic book, she discusses the viability of a city street by having the following characteristics:&nbsp; 1) having a clear distinction between public space and private space, 2) having &ldquo;eyes&rdquo; on the street by the &ldquo;proprietors&rdquo; of the street and the buildings on the street &ndash; the bulidings must not, in any way, turn their backs or blank faces to the street, and 3) as a way move through this city, there must be adequate and continuous sidewalks that are populated with a regularity that reinforces the life given to the street and to the buildings.</p> <p> One of the many things I loved about living in Washington, DC was its pedestrian nature.&nbsp; After living in Atlanta, GA for a while &ndash; where it was nearly essential to have a car...</p> <p> read entire post at: <a href="http://www.dawntrimble.wordpress.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">www.dawntrimble.wordpress.com</a></p>... http://archinect.com/blog/article/58552019/helping-hands helping hands dawn m trimble 2012-10-03T14:43:39-04:00 >2012-10-03T14:43:39-04:00 <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lk/lkecf000pvkc97di.jpg" title=""></p> <p> One of the most rewarding moments in being a designer is revealing the finished project to an owner and seeing the pleasure on their face over what you&rsquo;ve done.&nbsp; Another rewarding moment is to extend your talents to those who do not have the means to pay you&hellip;</p> <p> Room Service Atlanta is a non-profit organization started by Dayka Robinson and Erika Ward in 2010 with the goal of pairing local designers with a local shelter each year to create inspiring, relaxing and functional interiors for homeless individuals or individuals (young and young at heart) in transition.</p> <p> This year 17 designers from the Atlanta, GA area will lend their talented and helping hands to the United Methodist Children&rsquo;s Home (UMCH) Independent Living Program in Decatur, Georgia.&nbsp; Six apartments will be renovated/updated and reworked to welcome the young adults into their space.</p> <p> _______________________________________________________________</p> <p> &ldquo;A room without books is like a body without a soul.&rdquo; &ndash; Marcus T...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/58197110/where-s-the-love where's the love dawn m trimble 2012-09-28T08:44:59-04:00 >2012-12-08T02:50:32-05:00 <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ft/ftzq20vwe2yls55y.jpg" title="">&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &ldquo;Architecture is a gray-haired profession&rdquo; &ndash; Roderick L. Knox, Architect</p> <p> When I was in grade school, my sketchbook was an 8 1/2&Prime; x 11&Prime; spiral bound notebook.&nbsp; In this notebook I would draw diagrammatic floorplans &ndash; one after another until the notebook was filled with a diversity of planned spaces.&nbsp; By drawing these elementary plans, I was imagining what it would be like to move through space.&nbsp; To move my body up a set of stairs, down a set of stairs, move through a wide doorway and a narrow one.&nbsp; I loved closing my eyes and visualizing the spaces in their entirety.</p> <p> In highschool, I took mechanical drafting from Mr. Brannon in a building not attached to the school, but attached to the gym.&nbsp; If I remember correctly, it was set up in a garage-type space with &lsquo;store front like&rsquo; windows.&nbsp; Each student had a drafting desk (that was angled) and a stool.&nbsp; We would draw machine parts: the fronts of them, their sides and imagine cutting them down the center.&nbsp; I remember being f...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/58030797/the-narrative the narrative dawn m trimble 2012-09-25T21:42:59-04:00 >2012-09-25T21:42:59-04:00 <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jj/jjiyb7l6vved6y83.jpg" title=""></p> <p> In literature, there are three main themes that help to categorize a narrative beyond its essential plot: man against man, man against nature and man against himself.&nbsp; Having one of these themes firmly categorized forms the structure of the story and aids in making the plot more cohesive and focused.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> In an award winning movie like Schindler's List, the strength of that story engages the audience by revealing the lives and situations of the characters.&nbsp; In a great piece of music, say Keith Jarret's Part IIC from The Koln Concert (amazing by the way), unveils a complex and beautiful narrative geniusly making the intangible tangible.</p> <p> In the case of architecture and interior design, creating a strong narrative is, I believe, one of the most exciting parts of the early design process - for you are giving "birth" to an idea...</p> <p> read entire post at: <a href="http://www.dawntrimble.wordpress.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">www.dawntrimble.wordpress.com</a></p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/57831228/it-takes-time it takes time... dawn m trimble 2012-09-22T22:41:05-04:00 >2012-09-22T22:41:05-04:00 <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vc/vcew5ivpj2zjfl7d.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Great design is like a great movie, each time you see it, you experience something new.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> While DIY home design movement is quite popular at the moment due its democracy and budget friendliness, I would like to make a case for the pure talent and skill that is required to conceptualize, create and in the end, construct the design of an interior.&nbsp; This post is not meant to raise one profession (or hobby) over another &ndash; for me, if you read my about page, it is clear that I am slowly moving towards an integrated practice.&nbsp; This post is simply meant to distinguish, acknowledge and celebrate the fact that not everyone can DIY-it when it comes to the design of a space.&nbsp; I can not preform open heart surgery or, all of a sudden decide to become a gymnast and join the 2016 Olympic team...</p> <p> read entire post at:<a href="http://www.dawntrimble.wordpress.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> www.dawntrimble.wordpress.com</a></p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/57485488/spaces-of-memory spaces of memory dawn m trimble 2012-09-17T19:41:22-04:00 >2012-09-23T21:14:47-04:00 <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s1/s10ivnz74t4obywi.jpg" title=""></p> <p> I did not grow up in Chicago, New York or Los Angeles.</p> <p> I grew up in Albany, Georgia.</p> <p> While I still consider Albany my home, it wasn&rsquo;t exactly a thriving metropolis.&nbsp; Our city &ldquo;center&rdquo; wasn&rsquo;t obvious, we had no skyscrapers and no sidewalks.&nbsp; There were no favorite buildings, memorable interiors or picturesque parks.</p> <p> At the beginning of my undergraduate year, I was only able to name one famous architect &ndash; and I quietly felt ashamed that I had not traveled to the exotic locations my classmates had.&nbsp; These feelings quickly melted away as I discovered that knowing and naming great architects and their works wasn&rsquo;t as important as I would have thought.&nbsp; What became apparent to me was how important my memories were in shaping me at different times of my design career.&nbsp; I will briefly share with you a range of projects that had a profound impact on me and why&hellip;</p> <p> (read entire post from the archives (August 14th) at: <a href="http://www.dawntrimble.wordpress.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">www.dawntrimble.wordpress.com</a></p>... http://archinect.com/blog/article/57406029/poetic-tremors poetic tremors dawn m trimble 2012-09-16T15:20:00-04:00 >2012-09-30T21:43:05-04:00 <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kv/kvhw0y6velb60t1d.jpg" title="">Even with a computer in front of me, a cell phone to my right and an i-pad to my left, I still choose to sketch.&nbsp; Manually.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> For me, to sketch is to think.</p> <p> My love for sketching began with... (read more at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.dawntrimble.wordpress.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://www.dawntrimble.wordpress.com</a>)</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/57224285/sensual sensual dawn m trimble 2012-09-13T22:40:52-04:00 >2012-09-13T22:40:52-04:00 <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mt/mtkd5lsxgfza6300.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Comprehensive design at its best can be quite a sensual experience &ndash; calling attention to sight, sound and touch.&nbsp; Even our sense of smell and taste is heightened when the spaces that envelope us are considered.&nbsp; Our five senses (sight, sound, smell, taste and touch) are how we perceive and interact with the external world.&nbsp; When these senses are considered in conjunction with design, a beautiful thing happens: we become innately connected to our environment in ways specific and special to us - the end user.&nbsp; Simultaneously experiencing multiple senses at once is quite powerful and is instrumental in further connecting us to our surroundings...read more at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.dawntrimble.wordpress.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">www.dawntrimble.wordpress.com</a></p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/57159561/intimate-spaces intimate spaces dawn m trimble 2012-09-12T22:22:08-04:00 >2012-09-17T23:01:03-04:00 <p> <em>I have always been fascinated with the idea of intimate space.</em></p> <p> The definition of "intimate" is an adjective that suggests "friendly" and "devoted".&nbsp; As it relates to three-dimensional space, we can extrapolate that intimate space is a space that is familiar and close to us, dear to us.&nbsp; Built structures of a small scale do not overwhelm us - they welcome and comfort us...</p> <p> By training and profession, I am an interior designer and soon-to-be architect (I must first pass a rigorous professional exam).&nbsp; I started my education and career in interior design because I had an interest in how we use interior space - we do, after all, spend 90% of our lives inside.&nbsp; I completed my education with an architectural degree because I wanted to better understand the "outer" context from which interior space resided.</p> <p> This blog, <a href="http://www.dawntrimble.wordpress.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em><strong>seamless</strong></em></a>, was born out of a strong desire to document my love for interior design and architecture while simultaneously, building a holistic design practice - and all...</p>