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September 23, 2019

When a Catalog Won’t Cut It

By Erin Knuth

Why we design and build custom furniture and design elements

The design process is a creative exercise that allows our clients to dream about what they want their space to be, how it should function, and how it should make users feel. Oftentimes, our clients have a goal for how to achieve their project’s vison, but when it comes to getting it right only a custom solution meets their needs.

In order to improve the experience for our clients, we are able to bridge the distance between their goal and reality by designing and building custom pieces – furniture and other design elements – that are unique, functional, and rooted in the design story of each project. Our approach differs for each project, but the goal is always the same – to create authentic, meaningful spaces that meet project goals in unique ways.

Enhancing Experience

At Chateau Ste. Michelle, they wanted to renovate their tasting and blending room spaces and include tables that were flexible enough for large parties but also provide intimacy for smaller groups. Unable to find pieces that suited their needs in a catalog, we sourced wood from a local vendor and designed and built metal support structures to create custom tables that were easily reconfigurable for large tasting events and food and wine pairings as well as smaller gatherings.

Associative Design

While completing a recent interior renovation for University Place Presbyterian Church, our design team was tasked with modernizing a facility with a rich history. The client wanted the renovation to help connect the large, disjointed facility that was underutilized by members.

To begin, our team suggested using a bright mustard color as an accent, which connects to the church’s defining verse, Matthew 13: 31-32, the Parable of the Mustard Seed. The bold color and messaging were thoughtfully anchored with branch details found on the stair railing, as wall art, and wayfinding devices. In the sanctuary, the communion table, baptismal font stand, and podium also capture the mustard seed theme. These unique pieces were all designed and built by BCRA designers reaffirm the mustard seed theme and tie the space together in a way that is subtle, yet profound.

Embracing Tradition

The Pierce County YMCA’s Camp Seymour in Gig Harbor, WA is steeped in tradition, and those who have spent their summers there often reminisce about their time canoeing at camp. As part of our work on the new dining facility at Camp Seymour, our team designed custom canoe-themed lighting fixtures and donor recognition panels that playfully reinforces the camp’s outdoor recreation theme. Oars and rope became central structural components of each piece as well as reminiscing touchstones for camp patrons.

Making This Work for You

The beauty of all of this is that these custom pieces are accessible and affordable. A collaboration of architects and builders, each piece is designed with budget and constructability in mind to create practical, beautiful solutions uniquely yours.