20 INTERIORS & SOURCES SEPTEMBER 2015 interiorsandsources.com
For the Italian Store’s second location in Falls Church, Va., the Hospitality Construction Services and 2 Scale Interiors teams
The Italian Store Pays Homage to its
Motherland’s Food and Culture
came up with a design plan the owner couldn’t refuse.
The new space’s layout features extensive millwork and a broad
material palette that transports guests to old-world Italy. Terra
cotta tile, brick, and wood tones provide the rustic atmosphere for
shoppers. The 6,000-square-foot market and café features gourmet
Italian products like breads, meats, cheeses, wine, and coffee.
The team had to overcome challenges presented by an original
It was important for the design to include high-quality materials that
wood ceiling. The remedy introduced a new wood trellis that lowered
the plane while creating a more natural look. The floor’s tilework also
required improvements; it showcases several intricate patterns that
necessitated meticulous division and placement.
brought the firm’s vision to life and also fit into the budget. For example,
a solid wood trim is featured, but the rest of the interior millwork is
veneer because it offers the same aesthetic with improved cleanability.
A delicate balance of durability and aesthetics was applied throughout.
The result is a location that infuses the ancient roots of Italy with
Carnegie Names Three Winners of the
TPO Design Competition
Carnegie recently challenged students from four NYC design schools to
envision a wallcovering product made of
thermoplastic olefin, an environmental
alternative to vinyl. The students were
encouraged to explore sustainable
alternates while still developing unique
patterns, scales, and textures.
“We feel it is critical for designers to
understand the environmental concerns
surrounding vinyl and to know there are
more environmental options. This process
has been exciting, humbling, and inspiring. The vision of the future of design is
holistic and optimistic,” explained Mary Hold, executive vice president of creative
for Carnegie. She mentored students throughout the process.
Students from Parsons, Pratt Institute, the School of Visual Arts, and the Fashion
Institute of Technology toured Carnegie’s facilities to see firsthand the process each
designer employs on new products. They also completed a six-week learning and
development process with Carnegie designers.
From over 60 entries, four winners were selected by a panel of judges that
included experts from Gensler, Perkins + Will, and Ethelind Cobelin. The top three
earned monetary awards. Congratulations to the following:
1st place: Julia Grunberg, MFA at Parsons
2nd place: Alexandra Goldberg, MFA at Pratt
3rd place: Mariel Levine and Caroline Edmondson, AAS at Parsons
Runner-up: Aldana Garcia, MFA at Pratt