From Parnham to Durham: Feature Interview with Canadian Furniture-maker Robin Speke of SPEKE|KLEIN

Recently I had the opportunity to speak with Canadian furniture designer Robin Speke, of Speke|Klein, about the firm’s practice – especially their education at Parnham College in England, the evolution of Speke Klein’s business model, and the links between design, craft and manufacturing. This is an edited version of our conversation. Given that Parnham College’s … Continue reading From Parnham to Durham: Feature Interview with Canadian Furniture-maker Robin Speke of SPEKE|KLEIN

Pull up a Chair and Join us!

To continue this serialized essay about how furniture functions as a key design element in DesignAgency’s interiors for The Broadveiw Hotel Café, let’s consider the balance of functional and symbolic design objectives that is achieved in the room’s main dining areas: the café chair dining range and the harvest table multi-use space. The dining areas … Continue reading Pull up a Chair and Join us!

The Power of Waiting

In this series about how furniture functions as a key interior design element in the Broadview Hotel Café, I have spent some time discussing the overall architectural context of the room and the Circular Stacked Bar as its central landmark piece. I’m also interested in the two seating areas that occupy the threshold zone between the … Continue reading The Power of Waiting

Tending to the Bar: Furniture at the Broadview Hotel Café

Yesterday I wrote briefly about how furniture plays a key role in the success of the Broadview Hotel Café interior. I promised to expand on how the space’s interior zones are defined by furniture installations that express spatial and cultural meaning. Of the six interior zones identified – the circular stacked bar, the wingback entrance lounge, … Continue reading Tending to the Bar: Furniture at the Broadview Hotel Café