As a follow-up to my last post about creating environments that bring people together, I’d like to share some photos from the recently-completed (and soon-to-open) Corkbuzz Wine Studio by SLDesign and Focus Lighting.
Corkbuzz was brought to us by owner and Master Sommelier, Laura Maniec, who sought a warm, inviting atmosphere in which to serve and entertain her guests. Her concept for Corkbuzz (located on 13th Street near Union Square), however, involves more than just entertaining at the street-front wine bar. Corkbuzz will also serve as a resource to the community by offering wine tastings and classes for beginners and experts alike in its unique flexible space equipped to handle anything from sit-down presentations to large social events. Finally, on top of it all, the “wine studio” will maintain an in-house inventory of nearly 2500 bottles from which to choose, most of which will be displayed for guests to see in a custom climate-controlled, glass-enclosed display room.
Are you excited!? We certainly are!
November 19, 2011
A few nights ago I had the good fortune to run across a good friend who I hadn’t seen since I left grad school almost six months ago. We quickly got to chatting about life updates, and I started filling him in on the details of my new job (which I started almost three months ago — how time flies). As I rattled on about new projects and learning experiences he stopped me and made an observation that, unexpectedly, hit me like a ton of bricks.
“You look really happy,” he said.
I paused. I hadn’t really thought about it lately. And then there was a moment of instant clarity, as if the clouds had parted and a ray of sunshine had suddenly burst through …
I realized: I am. I’m very happy.
Why am I so happy?
I’m happy because good lighting makes me happy.
Who says lingerie shopping has to involve pink polka-dotted wallpaper or flashing pink neon signs?
In this modern lingerie pop-up shop that opened yesterday in Soho, the architects at Softlab found a creative way to engage shoppers by slowly revealing the product in a sort of “architectural striptease,” using viewing tunnels to reveal small details of each piece of lingerie – a patch of fabric here, a strap there – before seeing the completed garments and ensembles.
Is it getting warm in here, or is it just me?