Site-Specific Material Design: Part 1 – Design Options

We were founded on the belief that custom, site-specific design should be accessible to all projects. Unlike the traditional “system centric” model of manufacturers that focus on systems before surfaces, our design process allows for both small batch and large-scale bespoke production with ease. Our world is increasingly influenced by the digital rather than the physical. Bespoke design has the power to create a deeper sense of meaning with materiality, creating essential interaction and experience with spaces.

See our bespoke design options below, with precedents.

Option 1: Redesign a Finish

Is Brunello too dark? Enox too reflective? Want to remove the cathedraling in Riverside? No problem. Take any existing finish and modify it based on the needs of your site and other materials.

Riverside, redesigned woodgrain for 2 Waterline Square with KPF & Yabu Pushelberg

Option 2: Match a Material
Have a piece of terra cotta, stone, or a manuscript at your desk you love, but can’t use?  Our design team regularly takes under-performing materials and matches them with design, gloss, and texture in mind.

Nomad Steel, matched to corten for Moxy Chelsea with Stonehill Taylor

Option 3: Design a Finish
We can also create one of a kind, custom art pieces with a focus on graphics, geometry, and scale to match almost any specifications. Send us your vision or design questions to see it become reality.

Deco Bronze, designed in collaboration with ZGF for Canopy Portland

Option 4: Select an Existing Finish
With decades of design to reference, our collections reflect worldwide traditions in modern modes. Often the simplest route to contextualization, they capture a range of historically relevant colors, gloss levels and textures.

Vintage Steel and Vintage Nickel, designed by Pure + FreeForm,  950 Tennessee by Handel Architects