Expressing the mission of a company through its office design can easily devolve into overpowering corporate colors and haphazard logos. But at the PanAtlantic Exploration Company, high up in a Houston tower, Mayfield and Ragni Studio, aka MaRS, proves that subtlety is best. Even when a client is trying to make a big impact in the competitive oil-and-gas industry.
There’s been sufficient progress for the Museum of Arts and Design to celebrate the comeback with “NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial,” running July 1 to October 12. This freewheeling showcase of 100 exceptional talents, from Lindsey Adelman Studio to a man who hand-rolls truly magnificent cigars, is the brainchild of MAD’s new director, Glenn Adamson.
Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, called for mid-century swank—delivered on the tight budget appropriate to a value-priced hotel. Karen Daroff of Daroff Design + DDI Architects joined at the conceptual phase, storyboarding the entire immersive experience in and around an appropriately boomerang-shape Shulman + Associates–designed building.
In each guest room at the Okko Hotel Nantes Château, a custom desk in solid-surfacing and MDF hangs from the wall. Polyester wraps the front of a guest room’s custom storage compartments, the larger one for an espresso machine. Photography by Jérôme Galland.