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Lisa Dubin Architect in NY Spaces Magazine

Date: Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 10:42

We are very excited about the feature article in NY Spaces magazine showcasing our work.

 

Lisa Dubin Architect - New Website

Date: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - 13:44

For the past few months we have been working on updating our website, and finally we are up and running. As architects, one thing that informs all our decisions is obsessive attention to visual details. As we worked with our website developer it became apparent that website folks have a set of criteria for a well-designed website that parallels what we do. Setting up an organizational structure, a consistent visual and functional language is integral to our work, so that a home or webpage can be ‘read’ and easily navigated. We strive for a simplicity and clarity in the look of our designs, and we have taken great pains (much of the pain inflicted on the web-designer) to apply that attitude to the look of our new site. We now commonly integrate evolving technology into our projects and the approach we have taken is consistent whether we are working on a home or a website. We hope you will visit our new site and we welcome your feedback.

 

ICFF & Wanted Design

Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - 00:00

We recently attended the International Contemporary Furniture Fair and Wanted Design. Here are a few of the products that we particularly enjoyed.

A silvered glass chandelier made by Serip uses beautiful materials and organic form. We are using this fixture on a current project.

couch

With endless possibilities this is an interesting chair by Scott Jones. The frame holds a series of interchangable cushions. With a few different shapes you can build and rearrange as often as you like.

A whimsical line of sinks made by Nameeks is perfect for children or fun loving adults.

Nico Yektai, one of our favorite designers, makes beautiful furniture in a series of natural and contrasting materials.

From DueEstudio, Harry and Claudia Washington are bPeace colleagues from El Salvador.

Can a Bench Change the World?

Date: Monday, October 1, 2012 - 17:29

It started with a residential project, something we do as part of our every day -- we were looking to fill a need in an apartment in Manhattan. We wanted to give people a comfortable place to remove their shoes.  So we designed a bench. 

 

A simple  bench was needed, but as with all things for us, simplicity comes with complex investigation. We looked at how the legs of the bench could work, how they might express direction, hold up weight, create their own space beneath the seat and balance the seat in unexpected ways. We looked at the seat and what it should say. Could it show what was happening below it? Would the knots and the grain give us a sense of direction? Did it need to be hefty, to provide a suggestion of security? 

 

We asked these questions of the bench, just as we often do for houses, apartments and items as small as a door handle. But we quickly understood that they might also be applied to the work we do in another arena entirely. As architects concerned with social responsibility and design, we have worked with the same sort of inquiry and detailed investigation for large scale projects such as refugee camps. And in service to an underserved labor force, we’ve aimed to help create employment opportunities for women in places where they are marginalized. Our affiliation with Bpeace (Business Council for Peace) lends us the mantra that more jobs mean less violence.

 

 

Women furniture makers in Afghanistan, BPeace entrepreneurs, changing the culture one chair at a time

 

So there we were, asking these questions of the bench. And in that moment, our worlds came together. Our bench, in a way, answered us: We will fabricate a new line of furniture, designed by our firm, but created as a partnership between us and the women we hope to employ. This goal stems from our firm belief in the economic empowerment of women as both a catalyst for sustainable, positive change for all and the route to economic and social stability worldwide.

 

 

The Manhattan apartment in which that first bench sits also needed some small, low tables -- places to place a book, or a glass of wine. Our tables are prototypes, so we aren’t yet done. Our plan is to work with a fabricator who will agree to source their wood as locally and sustainably as possible, and then to hire women to make the elements of each piece and insure a fair wage. 

And maybe, yes, just maybe, a bench can change the world. Stay posted, we hope to keep you apprised of our work.

Welcome To Our New Blog

Date: Monday, May 21, 2012 - 00:00
Welcome to our new blog. Here you will find our latest projects, our thoughts on how architecture can simplify your life, the elements we work with: light, space, texture and form among others, and musings on design related themes.