Eidolon has just wrapped up a project with BuildSense for a client in the new 140 West Franklin condos on Franklin Street. This project involved a variety of complicated casework components, one in the living room and another in the study, that had to be constructed with precise detail in order to be successful. When the architect, Megan Patnaik, presented her vision she emphasized three components as integral to creating the seamless aesthetic that the client sought: material thicknesses and their presentation, their relationship to adjacent surfaces, and their proximity to other elements in the house.
One of the most challenging design aspects of this project was the intersection of elements in the living room piece, which features a large flat screen television mounted above two EcoSmart bioethanol burning fire pits. These fireplaces produce heat, carbon dioxide, and a small amount of water vapor and steam which are damaging to the finish of the large custom media cabinet we produced to suspend above it. To avoid potential corrosion to the cabinet we engineered a ventilation system in the chase behind the television. When the interior of the chase reaches 88 degrees whisper-quiet fans engage and push air out of a ⅛” gap between the bottom of the cabinet and the top of the fireplace, blowing the heat and vapor away from the cabinet to preserve the finish. Additional materials were added to ensure the cabinet was fully heat and fire resistant.
An additional challenge to this piece was locating a single rare burl veneer of sufficient height to produce a set of 5’5″ x 3’6″ doors. The extensive preparation required of the burl for veneering, the weight of the doors, the hidden tracks, and veneer finish were other intricate aspects of a seemingly simple presentation.
For the study units we engineered and fabricated concealed sliding hardware that allows the doors to be pulled down when the desk is not in use. It was imperative to the architect that all of the units be flush with the sidewalls as well as the hallway opening that the units traverse. Since walls are rarely set perfectly straight and the cabinets are, we built up a corner wall so that their installation would be exactly to the client’s request.
As a business what we value most is the service of bringing a vision to fruition. To achieve this we have built our client relationship on listening. Our design process is communicative. What this means for us is a thorough discussion about the obvious and not so obvious issues so that they are addressed. Sometimes it means three orders of lumber because the quality isn’t quite right. Sometimes it means late nights on the iPad reading about chemical reactions. In the end what it means for the client is seeing their vision, their Eidolon, brought to life.
Last month Eidolon held an Instagram giveaway for one of our signature Block hard white maple cutting boards. The winner of our contest, Ben, did us the kindness of photographing his recent “eggies in a basket” dish. Made with love from the Block to the belly.
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Ben and his wife run a photography business in Columbus, Ohio. Be sure to check out their work if you’re in the area!
As part of the craftsman and design community we are always working to keep up with what other artists and makers are creating. We are so inspired by talented people doing what the love and are continually humbled by the generosity and support that exists in the woodworking community. We recently came across the site for American Craftsman Woodshop. Todd Clippinger has built a website with a wealth of education for craftspeople with the slogan “Share the Love-Share the Knowledge.” Whether you’re a small woodshop or working out of your shed we recommend checking out his YouTube channel filled with tips, how-to’s, interviews, and more.
His site subsequently lead us to Earlywood, who makes beautiful handcrafted wooden spoons. They’re already on our Christmas list.
Our friends at Architects + Artisans wrote up a great post about our construction of the Grifols reception desk. Their blog features curated news on architecture and sustainable design.
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Check out the recent blog post by our friends at Design Lines, LTD about the design and fabrication of the Aquarium Console, designed by Judy Pickett. This cabinet was structured to support a large fish tank and incorporates ventilation and equipment accessibility into the design.
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Eidolon is excited to announce that one of our clients’ homes, the Hodge-Nasir house, has been included in the entries for the 2014 George Matsumoto People’s Choice Prize. Constructed in 2011, Eidolon partnered with Durham designers BuildSense to complete the interior millwork of hard maple solids and veneers. We wish BuildSense the best of luck. To check out the entrants and place your vote, head to NC Modernist Houses.
Be sure to join in the celebration at the awards ceremony – July 17, 6pm at CAM, 409 West Martin Street, Raleigh.
Eidolon Designs has been hard at work to complete a unique project for Grifols Pharmaceutical office in Research Triangle Park. This project, a 20′ reception desk with 3′ glass cantilever designed by Alicia Hylton-Daniel of HagerSmith Design presented a number of structural considerations that had to be addressed due to the chosen materials: 3/8″ annealed glass, 8″x4′ porcelain tiles, stainless steel, and laminate.
Glass and porcelain are susceptible to thermal expansion, which poses a risk to both surfaces. Even minute expansion could potentially shatter either material from additional pressure if they were to come into hard contact with each other. We fabricated a control joint and an isolation strip intended to spread the point load to account for any possible movement.
All of the electrical wiring including the conduit was done to code within the structure of the box to maintain a seamless aesthetic. To support the weight of the cantilever, which is nearly 400 lbs, the box beneath it is structured with steel and drilled directly to the floor. This support structure is completely rigid with the rest of the wall, which incorporates 10 load points distributing the weight across the entire 17’ wall. The upper arm that reaches across the cantilever actually has a flex point at the inner corner, and is attached to the glass box by two 4” holes through the glass allowing for attachment bolts. These bolts can be removed, the arm flexed, and the entire box slid out without disturbing the rest of the desk wall if repair is ever required.
The substructure, a box-beam, is leveled and flat to within 1/32” over 17’, so that when the upper glass and its steel sub-structure are set on top, an incredibly “straight-as-an-arrow edge” is displayed.
The desk structure and cantilever box were assembled in our studio and the glass was applied to the cantilever faces prior to transporting to the site. In order to safely move the glass cantilever with ease Mike fabricated handles on the ends of the box structure so it could be easily lifted and moved. Once on site and in place, the handles were removed and the end glass panels were installed.
The considerations for structure and fabrication were worked out by Eidolon Designs, with collaboration from the folks at Carolina Glass, who provided and installed all the glass panels. Replacability of the glass ensures the longevity and functionality of such an expansive piece. This is the hallmark of Eidolons’ engineering and deign process when working to achieve the design goal.
Below are a few photos from the cantilever installation.
Final install photos with the porcelain tile work completed and powder coated steel counter installed.
We are so proud to have been a part of this project and enjoyed the challenges and aesthetics it posed. Huge thanks to Bill Hilliard of HillCon Development, who was general contractor on site, HagerSmith Design, and Carolina Glass and Mirror.
Have you entered our Instagram giveaway yet? On your mobile device, head to our Instagram page for your chance to win one of our signature hard rock maple cutting boards. Like our giveway post, follow us, and repost the giveaway photo to your own Instagram account using #eidolon to get yourself entered.
Giveaway ends June 10th, so hurry along!
This blog is designed to keep you posted on all things Eidolon. We are proud to be a part of the art community here in Raleigh, NC and want to share our contributions in engineering, design, and artistic vision. Some of our greatest points of pride are the things that go on behind the scenes that the clients never see – the whole intention of our design theory. We hope you’ll check back regularly for details on our current projects in our shop. Bookmark us, and if you aren’t already, follow us on social media @eidolondesigns. We love new friends.
Jim SmithAIA, LEED AP
“I enjoyed working with Ann and Mike at Eidolon Designs when we had cabinets made for our adaptive reuse of a cotton gin as our home. As an Architect, I had a design worked out as a starting point, and wanted to use sustainable materials like strawboard in the construction. Ann was a great collaborator as we worked through the process of getting the cabinets within our budget while keeping the most important features. And the strawboard and maple doors are great! When we do more cabinets, they will be the ones we go to.”
“Eidolon Designs exemplifies craftsmanship and fine wood working. Mike and Ann take the time to truly understand what their customers vision is, and then translate that into ‘one of a kind’ furniture. They scale seamlessly from large whole house projects, to individual rooms and down to single pieces of furniture. Quality is always of paramount importance to them. Whether you are an architect, designer, builder, contractor or individual, their service is dedicated, concise and of consistently high craftsmanship. You will not be disappointed with anything they work on.” – Neville Devlaliwalla, Public Speaker and Motivator
“… Meals take at this table are a gracious and welcome affair and the table itself is as significant a part of this occurrence as the food prepared and the company enjoyed… It [is] perfect!”
“Eidolon Designs will continue to receive my highest recommendation to my clients for all of their custom furniture and cabinetry needs. Eidolon transforms my vision and two-dimensional sketches into exquisitely crafted sculptural pieces. Their focus on customer satisfaction is evident an their passion, expertise and attention to detail give me every confidence in their ability to deliver the highest quality work available. “ – Kristen Thompson Design