Inspiration

Handmade

Aug 7, 2019 by Hiromi Ogawa

Sometimes it's easy to lose sight of the fact that these homes are handmade. So many hours. So many hands. It's important to stop and just marvel at the beauty and craft of construction itself. ⁠

Tools of the trade

May 29, 2019 by Hiromi Ogawa

Exploring Orcas Island. I'm always fascinated by expertise, obsession, and craft.

Topics: Inspiration, Life

Sea Ranch exhibit

Apr 26, 2019 by Hiromi Ogawa

Our office took a field trip to see the Sea Ranch exhibit at the SFMOMA. This photo of a site model, made with sugar cubes and push pins, was a good reminder of how anything can everything can inspire architecture.

Contractor Sketches Part 3

Feb 1, 2019 by Hiromi Ogawa

Drawing on stucco, and then the wall is demolished and the sketch is gone forever. Except that the details became the house that now stands. At our Inverness Way Residence, with Phil Carey at Starburst Construction.

Contractor Sketches Part 2

Jan 30, 2019 by Hiromi Ogawa

This one is between the studs, right on the inside face of plywood sheathing. It will eventually get covered up with insulation, but will remain as a beautiful time capsule of how our team figured out the details of a sleeping nook. At our Amarillo Avenue Residence, with Augie Peccei of Coast to Coast Development.

Contractor Sketches Part 1

Jan 28, 2019 by Hiromi Ogawa

This one is sketched, passed around, nailed to a stud between two different kinds of insulation. This is art in itself. At our La Donna Avenue Residence, with Chris Brooks at CB Builders.

Inspiration: Floor tile at Churrería El Moro

Jan 1, 2019 by Hiromi Ogawa

Unforgettable churros and beautiful floor tile at El Moro in Mexico City.

Inspiration: Stone inlay at the Huntington Chinese Garden

Dec 24, 2018 by Hiromi Ogawa

There simply wasn't enough time to explore all the gardens at The Huntington. Next time.

Inspiration: Brick pavers at the Gamble House

Dec 23, 2018 by Hiromi Ogawa

And this is just the driveway. 

Inspiration: Gamble House Details

Dec 23, 2018 by Hiromi Ogawa

Visiting the Gamble House in Pasadena, by Greene & Greene.

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