A Wall That Tracks Trends for Architectural Design

A Wall That Tracks Trends for Architectural Design

3. Opposites attract

I’m drawn to contrasting elements used in unexpected ways, such as today’s modern fashions next to traditional settings. Also, clean and simple shapes near items with ornate, exuberant detail, like the red square contrasted with the patterned fabrics.

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Elizabeth Lowrey, a principal and the director of interior architecture at Elkus Manfredi Architects. Credit Tony Luong for The New York Times

Mixed media

Another grouping again shows my fascination with the marriage of opposites; young, hip, edgy attitude pushing against classic luxury, or androgyny contrasted with the rough and refined, rustic and elegant. Also, the surprise of the wispy, light blue fabric with the rich brown textures.

Fashion flows

Fashion also inspires me. Together, some objects show that it’s constantly moving, changing, always a step ahead of architecture, full of surprises and unexpected silhouettes, materials and juxtapositions of color.

Healthy eating

Recently I started the Whole30 diet. You must eat breakfast: If you start the day right, you have more energy. These days I avoid eating at the food kiosks on the street-level promenade we designed. When Jamestown, an investment and management company, hired us to redesign the building and exterior space before we moved in, we wanted lots of community space.

4. Walking with intent

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“Years ago when I was visiting the Boston Design Center on the western side of the building, I saw this bronze sculpture by Tom Corbin and fell in love with it,” Ms. Lowrey said. “This young girl is definitely on the move and knows where she’s going.” Credit Tony Luong for The New York Times

Years ago when I was visiting the Boston Design Center on the western side of the building, I saw this bronze sculpture by Tom Corbin and fell in love with it. This girl is definitely on the move and knows where she’s going.

5. Eye-catching motivator

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“This bottle,” she said, “likely recycled turquoise glass, appeals to me for two reasons: It’s reminiscent of Steuben glass, and it reminds me of my grandmother, an art glass collector.” Credit Tony Luong for The New York Times

The turquoise bottle, likely recycled glass, appeals to me for two reasons: The color is reminiscent of early Steuben glass, and the bottle reminds me of my grandmother, an art glass collector. I got it hoping that because it’s sentimental and pretty, it would make me drink more water.

6. Visualizing designs

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This fire red Dell computer helps Ms. Lowrey’s clients visualize her firm’s designs with animation and 3-D fly-throughs. Credit Tony Luong for The New York Times

We work across several industries, including academia, workplace design and hospitality. To help clients visualize our designs, we often use animation and 3-D fly-throughs. Our red Dell workstation is powerful for that work.

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