EOA's office has literally been on the go since December 2017. We moved to the South Side of 526 West 26th into a new sunny space, room 504. Yes, that's a few doors down from our old place. These are a few images of the new office.
Follow the link to see EOA's latest completed project at the YM & YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood.
EOA was pleased to work with Kengo Kuma and Associates as well as associate architects Hacker Architects on the design of the retail store of Portland Japanese Garden Cultural Village. The project has been garnering great press from publications such as Architectural Record, Architectural Digest and even some publications in Japan.
EOA/Elmslie Osler Architect is pleased to announce that Catharine Pyenson has been named an Associate. Pyenson graduated from the University of Michigan’s School of Architecture with a Master of Architecture degree.
Since joining EOA in 2015 Catharine has led projects such as the Senior Citizen Center at the YM/YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood, an office build-out for Sports Recruits at the MetroTechCenter in Brooklyn and a gut apartment renovation on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. She has managed all of these with the design talent and sensitivity to client needs that EOA values.
EOA is pleased that New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Committee approved our application for the rooftop addition at 416 West 13th Street. We are working to tweak the project and are excited to move forward.
In April, Robin was invited to Jacksonville Florida to the AIA of Jacksonville's annual award gala as a guest juror. Rob Zinn, a former EOA intern, now architect and AIA member in Jacksonville organized her visit. She selected winners in varying categories and gave a presentation about EOA's work.
We are pleased to announce that EOA's Pop Up Market Stand will be included in the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) exhibition, Designing the Future of Food which will be on display January 21st to May 7th, 2017.
EOA designer, Jethro Rebollar took his 2016 holiday in his ancestral homeland of Spain and brought back photos of Calatrava, Joaquin Sorrolla and ancient medieval urban cityscapes.
Margie Ruddick, the pioneering landscape designer and author of Wild by Design and acclaimed architect Robin Elmslie Osler meet at the crossroads of design, ecology and urbanism to explore whether nature, in all its unruly wildness, can be an integral part of everyday living. The discussion is moderated by Annette Rose-Shapiro the Managing Editor of MODERN Magazine. Click Here to learn more...
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The New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC) announced the latest round of local firms pre-qualified to design public projects in the five boroughs.
"Through the Design and Construction Excellence 2.0 Program, the 26 firms will have exclusive access to respond to Requests for Proposals (RFPs) through 2019 for projects with an estimated cost of $50 million or less. The program, founded in 2005, is designed to reduce the time it takes for the agency to procure design services: Once selected, firms can submit “mini-proposals” for public buildings, additions and renovations, parks, and plazas that are then evaluated and selected by committee for construction..." Read more at the Architect's Newspaper.
Designtex created this laser cut felt wall finish for our clients, the YM & YWHA of Inwood and Washington Heights. Can't wait to see it installed.
Here’s a glimpse of the showroom that EOA designed for Kendall + Kylie. It was open and ready for fashion week when Vogue's Style Editor Edward Barsamian came to visit. Stay tuned for more photos…
Demolition is in full swing at our project for the YM & YWHA of Inwood and Washington Heights. Check out the laser-cut felt sample for the wall paneling!
From Archello: "A photography and film production studio as well as an event space in New York City’s Meatpacking district has entrances on West 14th and West 15th Streets. The building previously stored large trucks and film production equipment. The unusually tall ceiling height and easy access by trucks from the street are primary features. EOA stripped the interiors of all extraneous materials to expose its original industrial character and provided a clean backdrop for a variety of uses. When the large steel doors that divide the space are open, a spectacular view through the entire block is revealed."
White samples by Stark and a few of our other favorite vendors.
This year’s ICFF (AKA International Contemporary Furniture Fair), hosted at NYC’s Jacob K. Javits Center, was the 28th annual, spanning four days’ and two floors’ worth of “what’s best and what’s next” in interiors and furnishings. Described as North America’s platform for global design, the event featured over 500 exhibitors from 30+ countries. While it can be hard to summarize the sheer range of designs present at a fair of this size, there were certain themes that seemed to carry across multiple vendors, perhaps offering some insight into the zeitgeist in the design world.
Robin made it to the Open House New York Spring Gala at The Four Seasons Restaurant last week. What a great image with Oliver Link and Todd Eberle!
Thanks to everyone who came out to the fundraiser for Robin's architectural studio, Design for Maasai Zadig & Voltaire last Thursday evening — a few of whom are shown here. Fundraising efforts are still underway so if you weren't able to make the event, it is not too late to make a contribution to a worthy cause. Check out the Facebook photo album.
Robin's architecture students at CCNY’s Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture have started a crowdfunding campaign. Please support their efforts to raise funds to help build the expansion of an primary school in Mara Masai, Kenya. Donate today!
It is fun to see your client’s name (literally) plastered all over town. We are excited to be working on the new Kendall + Kylie showroom located in the Flatiron district in New York City.
Click here to see images from the studio on libraries that Robin is teaching at City College Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture.
Our materials palette for the renovation of YM & YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood is coming together. The richness of these jewel tones reflect the diversity of the neighborhood and the warmth of its community.
Thanks to Wendy Goodman for including us in the listings of Special Issue of New York magazine's Design Hunting. We are delighted to be among such a great group of amazing architects and designers.
Move over Brooklyn. Queens is definitely coming into its own. We are working on our first project there. This materials palette--and indeed the project itself--is a sign of things to come.
We have updated our page on Houzz. Take a look.
One of EOA's residential projects was featured in the November issue of Architectural Digest! The firm renovated three floors, including a studio, of an existing townhouse for famous jewelry designer Ippolita Rostagno. EOA installed custom built-cabinetry for personal wardrobe use. In addition, an open steel-wood staircase was built throughout the residence flanked by hand-done Venetian plaster walls. Working alongside artists, EOA designed herringbone walnut patterned floors, connecting seamlessly with the walls and stairs to create an elegant path from street to studio. The townhouse’s design reflects the organic elegance of the artist’s jewelry designs. To learn more about the residence, click here or view the project.
EOA opened its doors to the public as a larger initiative by the non-profit organization, Open House New York (OHNY). The firm was among 300 buildings throughout New York City showcasing their projects to visitors in the 12th Annual Open House Weekend. This two-day event held every October is promoted by OHNY to bring awareness of architectural sites, buildings and firms.
EOA's Harlem Community Rooftop Garden Project was featured in the online publication Archello! Access to affordable housing and fresh, healthy food are often scarce in New York City. The firm designed the Harlem Community Rooftop Farm to help alleviate the dearth of these basic needs in one Manhattan Neighborhood. This combined affordable housing development and community garden also provides much-needed green space and a reprieve from the busy streets below. To read more about EOA's featured project, click here.
In order to meet the diverse healthcare needs of rural communities in Southeast Asia, EOA designed the PLAY! Clinic - modular, scalable, flexible, and fun. The basic program requirements of the clinic are assigned to modular units that can be quickly and easily constructed as a kit of parts. Elements of PLAY are added to the basic program requirements of the clinic to foster complete family healthcare and education, creating an opportunity of growth into a substantial community space.
EOA's Robin Osler was asked to speak at AIA's Speed Presentation focusing on 'Interior Influencing the Public Realm'. Robin presented EOA's construction of Oklahoma City's Anthropologie Store, just one of many the firm has developed. The presentation focused on the integration of the surrounding environment within the store, including an indoor garden, and the relationship between the retail sector and its community.
Principal Robin Osler was on a panel at her alma mater, the Yale School of Architecture, entitled Women in Practice. She shared the panel with fellow alums Celia Imrey, Louise Braverman, Laura Pirie, Kimberly Brown, Doreen Adengo and Gabrielle Brainard to discuss with current graduate students, the different ways that women practitioners work and establish firms.
EOA's principal, Robin, was asked to speak as a panelist at ASLA-NY’s lecture series – ‘Productive Landscapes in the Urban Environment.' The event brought together industry thinkers and innovators to discuss the future of a sustainable urban environment, through both architecture and agriculture. The dialogues offered benefits to implementing developments for “ecologically challenged environments”. Robin’s attendance and participation in the event stemmed from direct correspondence of our Grow Studio projects.
We were approached by L'Oreal to design a store prototype for a possible new brand that was to target a younger market and feature a strong online presence to create a sense of community among customers. Our main design goals were to create a retail experience that bridged the gap between the virtual and the real and that celebrated the idea of community by allowing space for sharing and play as well as shopping.
EOA received an Honorable Mention from AIA National for the 2014 Pop Up Project Design Competition! The challenge was to create an efficient solution to a challenge most farmers face with portable canopies - weighing it down in the wind without the use of ground stakes. We designed a series of plywood boxes that serve not only as canopy weights, but also as table, stool, and multipurpose display fixtures. EOA created a flexible and identifiable uniquely branded product among the rows of identical white tents at the market.
Our Free People Tokyo Flagship Store made the cover of VMSD's June issue! Grab your copy, or check it out online at nxtbook.com
The feature article highlights the direction Robin took to capture the brand's "bohemian spirit", and create an environment for shoppers that makes "them feel worldly and adventurous."
EOA Principal, Robin Osler, was asked to join the Portland Japanese Garden team as a consultant for its new retail store. The garden is undergoing a major expansion under design architect Kengo Kuma, and local associate firm THA Architecture.
A 'slice-of-life' interview with David W. Osler, taken from SLICE Ann Arbor. To see the full interview, please click here.
David W. Osler
Ann Arbor, Michigan
“Having followed his career over three decades, three difficult decades of trends and fads in architecture, I could observe that David’s architecture developed unaffected by the neurosis of the new ‘isms’. The consistence of his elegant work of soft-spoken wit and humanism is proving that one common denominator, quality, can elevate a life’s work, worthy of the highest recognition.” - Balthazar Korab
In a career spanning more than 50 years, modern architect David Osler, 93, devoted himself to a range of residential, commercial, and institutional projects in Ann Arbor, across the state, and nationally. In addition to his design of nearly 30 signature single-family residences, many of which grace the streets of Ann Arbor, David is also known for the commissions of Oslünd Condominiums, Newport West Condominiums, Geddes Lake Townhouses, St. Clare of Assisi Episcopal Church, Canoe Livery at Gallup Park, Independence Lake Park, Williams Research Corporation, the collaborative restoration of the Michigan Theater, additions to the National Bank and Trust Company of Ann Arbor, the former Nellie Loving Branch of the Ann Arbor Library, and Albion College International House and Gerstacker Language Center. In 2008, he retired from his firm, David W. Osler Associates, Inc., Architects. A native of Ann Arbor, David resides in the family home on Glazier Way with his wife, Connie, where the couple raised their three children: Molly, Robin, and Peter — all of whom have followed in their father’s design footsteps.
Recently, EOA Principal Robin Osler was featured in the February issue of Interior Design to highlight a book recommendation to be included in the ‘What They’re Reading’ segment. Without hesitancy, Robin chose to feature 'The Age of Kali' by William Dalrymple. This 1998 book revolves around the troubles and conflicts within India during ‘Kali Yuga’ – the last, and most problematic, cycle of the four stages outlined in the Indian scriptures. Robin was originally drawn to Indian culture when she attended a conference with her husband in Kolkata years ago. Her interest was rekindled when she returned to India seeking fabricators for our recently completed project – a Free People flagship store in Tokyo.
The Free People Tokyo flagship store was completed this past year, and helped bring an atmosphere of amazing architecture both to the retail space, and the city. The design incorporates a traditional, yet modern look that represents a new presence in a timeless city. The sleek exterior of the store consists of wood, steel, and white lights, while being surrounded by lush, colorful greenery and gardens. Inside the store, a look away from the clothing and up towards the ceiling, is occupied by hanging flowers from wooden trusses. Shimmering lanterns, pops of colors, and an object wall filled with treasures from travels makes this Free People flagship store as aesthetically pleasing as their collection of clothes.
Culture, in any facet of life, becomes a foundation from which we draw inspiration. For Robin, the Indian culture in 'The Age of Kali' created a connection between a piece of literature, and EOA’s own project design, as well as her own perspective. Robin was quoted in Interior Design saying, “Disintegration and destruction haunt many of the stories.” Drawing from a piece of work to apply to our own work, is pertinent to showcasing the feasibility of creating a relationship between culture and architecture. What became was an American, reading a book by a British historian, about an Indian scripture, in Japan – proving that inspiration can stem from culture, and both are all around us.
Below you can find information and pictures on our Free People flagship store, as well as Free People’s own blog on the grand opening:
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Free People Blog - http://ow.ly/u2j6k
Inspiration can be drawn from anything – including, and in this case especially, a single piece of paper. In the case of origami, sheets of ordinary paper were used to create art - a flat surface folded to create a 3-d structure. EOA’s very own in-house architect Evan, took this idea and drew a connection from the world of fashion, to the realms of architecture. Inspired by his own works of origami (featured below), Evan saw the intertwining ideologies of paper folding and fashion design.
Recently, Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake collaborated with the prestigious global lighting brand Artemide to create his own collection of fixtures. The IN-EL Issey Miyake line was developed around a fabric that is made from completely recycled materials, and reduces energy consumption. The combination of the origami inspired design, and the technology driven functionality of these fixtures aims to create a sustainable, yet aesthetically pleasing source of light.
The obvious similarities between Miyake’s vision and Evan’s Kawasaki Rose and Tessellated Folding Patter help bring to light (no pun intended) the unmistakable parallels across design. Evan makes clear that “both examples of 'origami' start as a planar element and result in very three dimensional dynamic objects”, making evident the universal source of inspiration. Using the idea behind his ‘Pleats Please’ collection, Issey Miyake was able to transcend above the runway, and into a completely new industry – proving that inspiration comes from everything, everywhere – one of the many foundations EOA is built upon.
Our new project for the Metropolitan Museum of Art just opened this week at JFK’s Terminal 4. Be sure to check out their retail store when you are coming home from a long trip. We have also completed two other shops for the Met, one at the Fifth Avenue Museum and one at Newark/Liberty airport in New Jersey.
EOA held it's first holiday card design contest. Here are all the entries. The winning card will be posted the week of December 16th. Happy Holidays everyone!
EOA project architect Dani Alvarez was in Nepal earlier this year. Here are a few of her drawing from the trip and a brief description of what inspired her work.
Postcards from the Rooftop
Pen on handmade Nepali paper
April 2013, Nepal
These illustrations were completed after my month in the Himalaya.
The paper was bought from a shop in Kathmandu completely run by women, from fabrication to sales, which is nearly unheard of in Nepal.
Each card represents a specific place on the trail I took: through the Langtang Valley, up to the sacred lakes at Gosainkund, down the terraced hills of Helambu, and all the moments in between.
To see more images of Dani's trip visit her blog, http://freefruit.tumblr.com/
EOA appears in the listings section of New York Magazine's summer 2012 Design Hunting issue. The listings "have been vetted by New York design editors or recommended by top style and design professionals." Find us on page 212.
Robin was chosen to curate a large mood board for display in Mohawk Group's NeoCon 2012 showroom. She and three other designers - Todd Oldham, Lauren Rotett, and Joey Shimoda - were asked to interpret of-the-moment themes through a collection of imagery. Check out images of the showroom on Mohawk's Pinterest feed.
Our Harlem Community Rooftop Farm project is featured in this month's positivity-themed issue of Interior Design magazine.