Designers are often asked to define their aesthetic, pigeonholing decades of ever-evolving work into phrases like “Warm Contemporary” and “Coastal Luxe”. We’ve often described our work as “crafted modern” – a clean-lined, meticulously detailed, modern aesthetic that is transformed by materials, finishes and furnishings that reveal the hand of the maker, artisan or craftsman.
But a one-style-fits-all-clients approach gives more weight to a cookie cutter look than a project’s unique set of considerations – namely client personality and preference, site, landscape and local community, and its unique purpose. Workshop/APD founding principals Matt Berman and Andrew Kotchen have spent the last twenty years honing a signature approach to design that emphasizes user experience over “signature style”.
So how do we do it?
By focusing on materials, craftsmanship, a merging of interior and exterior spaces, and the user experience we have created common powerful thread that ties together work in luxury homes, high-end residential development, hospitality, and more, while allowing a collaborative team of nearly 50 architects and interior and product designers to contribute their vast, highly varied perspectives and expertise to realize projects that are perfectly suited to a client’s needs and desires. The result is a portfolio that -although it conforms to exceptionally high standards for design and construction – cannot be pigeonholed. And we prefer it that way.