Tuesday, 30 March 2010


Here's a visual of the bar lounge - part of the Loch Fyne Hotel Project. This is actually an old visual which is partially unfinished - the existing file has been tweaked and tightened up to look better and more realistic.

In this image, the bar chairs, shelving system and beer taps are missing, but still, it gives you an insight into what I was aiming for as a concept. The bar is the central feature and is circular to emphasise its presence in the room.

The existing bar of the current hotel (in real life) didn't really have much importance and was shadowed to the corner as if it were obsolete, so I assumed that by creating a centralised bar it would encourage people to use it more often.

Monday, 29 March 2010


The Pink Pony - a French restaurant in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. It happened to be just around the corner from Hotel on Rivington, where we began our expensive and over ambitious journey that night. Lorna and Luke at the table bantering about something. (below)

Amata and I (above) looking a little 'carried away'. Probably intrigued by what Luke is going on about!

It happened to have a rather nice welcoming interior with lots of paraphernalia on the walls, shelves crammed full of books and other collectible ornaments. I kept imagining sitting there on a regular basis, and to watch the world go by as a true New Yoiker! Oh how I envied thee.

However, I reckon the Interior was a good distraction from realising the horror that was the food bill, which also included two very nice bottles of wine.

On the Highline

I mentioned in my post about BALENCIAGA that I would continue with mentioning The Meatpacking district and The Highline project, so here it is!

The Highline is an urban walkway that was a former railway for freight trains to carry industrial goods from the West Side Yard and the Meatpacking District. Both districts at the time used to be industrial havens that are now very upmarket and crammed with high end boutiques from the likes of ALEXANDER MCQUEEN, MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA, STELLA MCCARTNEY, CATHERINE MALANDRINO, MOSCHINO and so on.... I could go on but I'd rather people were interested than bored.

Just under a mile and a half long, THE HIGHLINE provides some very interesting vistas and unusual perspectives of the streets. One point in particular is this stairway benching system where you can sit just above street-level and look out through huge glass window panels and down one of the avenues. It's quite relaxed, as you don't hear much street traffic, almost as if it were a silent movie. The glass is pretty thick.

Also a good opportunity to strike a pose, clearly.One thing I found particularly cool was the way in which the benches were connected to the pathway slabs. The bench width was the same as the slab, so they made it look continuous as though the bench had grown out of the ground. I don't know if this has any metaphorical connection with the idea of growth and park, but it was still rather peculiar.

Again, we found some way of taking away from a more serious note. Strike a pose, ladies!

Much of the plants were past season or hadn't come into full bloom because it wasn't yet Summer, so alot of the so-called 'greenery' wasn't actually present. I imagine it probably looks completely different even as Spring arrives. As you can see from the photos below, some of the old tracks are still exposed and conjunct with the new pavement slabs, which appear to harmonise quite well. I think it's also quite essential to keep these intact as it's more of a dedication and a reminder of what it actually was once used for. Some of the tracks left intact are more subtle, but these photos show a good chunk of the old railway.

Saturday, 27 March 2010


Over the past few months I have continued to work on my hotel project, despite the fact that officially we have moved onto other projects such as the Wig Shop and Music Office. I just want to make sure that it is spot on and perfected prior to this exhibit at the SECC for VisitScotland Expo, which takes place on the 14th and 15th of April.

I'm hoping that all this additional work will be beneficial in convincing the tutors that I actually have worked my ass off this year, and that I'll hopefully turn things around completely, as far as grades are concerned.

Here is a visual of the restaurant, where I sat and made these chairs,tables and wine glasses from scratch, using dimensions provided. These chairs are called 'Morph' chairs that are designed by 'Zeitraum-Möbel' I used the dimensions from the website. I also made bar stools and dining tables from the same catalogue.

Monday, 22 March 2010


Possibly one of the coolest shops in the Chelsea district of NEW YORK CITY alongside COMMES DES GARÇONS, the BALENCIAGA boutique on West 22nd Street is definitely worth looking at if you're ever going to visit the city. Despite the fact that the shop clerks are a little snooty and extremely strict regarding us sneaky students taking photographs, I got some cheeky snaps from the front entrance:

There's something extremely unique about Chelsea. From first impressions it seems partly deserted and disconnected from the rest of the city. Many of the retail units are formerly old warehouses and factories, so you should never judge a building by its facade I suppose! It is particular hotspot for galleries, exhibitions and high end boutiques, much like the Meatpacking district. Funnily enough, both districts are easily accessible via THE HIGHLINE - a former disused elevated railway that is now a stunning public realm. I will put some photos up in my next post.

Outside Comme des Garçons.