Trig Modern Raises Nearly $5000 for SAFE Haven for Cats During “The Cat’s Meow” Auction

The Dwell House by Grant Newton

Dubbed the “Dwell House,” a sleek composition of intersecting cubic volumes rendered in white laminate and natural wood, was one of six Modern cat houses created by architects and furniture designers to benefit SAFE Haven for Cats during The Cat’s Meow Cocktail Party and Auction sponsored by Trig Modern design center and showroom in Raleigh.

For the auction, the six imaginative houses were joined by a mixed-media painting by Louis St. Lewis of Raleigh and New Orleans, a large neon tabby cat sculpture perched on an old radio by neon artist Nate Sheaffer of Raleigh, and an iconic mid-century modern chair from Modernica donated by Trig Modern’s owner Bob Drake.

Under The Sea by i.S. Design

Approximately 100 cat enthusiasts attended The Cat’s Meow, along with

For Perching, Playing, and Napping by Little Associates.

two three-month-old kittens that SAFE Haven’s founder and director, Pam Miller, and a few volunteers brought to the event. Trig Modern provided an abundance of party food, wine, beer, and chilled water for the crowd as they perched on modern sofas and chairs throughout the showroom.

Mixed-media painting by Louis St. Lewis

With entertaining encouragement from professional auctioneer Ben Farrell, who donated his services to the cause, every item sold for prices that exceeded their designers’ expectations. Proceeds went directly to SAFE Haven for Cats in Raleigh, a non-profit, no-kill cat shelter and clinic that, to date, has found homes for nearly 8500 formerly stray and abandoned cats and kittens.

The auction itself netted $4525 with the “Dwell House” by Greensboro furniture designer Grant Newton commanding

The Cat Cave by Corey Baughman

the highest winning bid at $1150. Other donations brought in $274 and SAFE Haven sold $59 in retail items, making the grand total for the evening $4858.

Neon sculpture by Nate Shaeffer

“We want to thank Pam and the SAFE Haven volunteers; our delightful auctioneer Ben Farrell who made the auction entertaining as well as profitable; the architects, designers and artists who contributed their time and talent to the cause: and everyone who attended, especially all of the enthusiastic bidders,” said Bob Drake. “It was a wonderful evening and we’re looking forward to another Cat’s Meow next year.”

Background: This past February, Drake and Trig Modern’s interior designer Ann

Marie Baum, a SAFE Haven volunteer, invited architects and other designers throughout the Triangle to create “cool, modern” houses for indoor cats for the fundraising auction. According to guidelines, the houses had to be modern in style and of such quality that potential bidders would welcome them in their homes. They also had to be small enough to fit through a regular residential door and light enough for two people to carry them.

Multi-Use Play Tower by Arielle Condoret Schechter, AIA

The following designers created the cat structures:

The “O” by Bret Page Architecture

For more information on Trig Modern, visit www.trigmodern.com

For more information on SAFE Haven for Cats, visit www.safehavenforcats.org.

About Trig Modern:

Founded in December 2012, Trig Modern is owned and operated by furniture and lighting designer Bob Drake. Through its combination of modern and mid-century-inspired furniture, lighting, wall and floor coverings, and accessories, as well as Modern kitchen and bath remodeling services, Trig Modern’s mission is to present a realistic portrait of sensible living and offer an antidote to excess, formality, and convention. For more information, visit www.trigmodern.com, call 919.516.8744 and find Trig Modern on Facebook. The showroom is located at 1053 East Whitaker Mill Road, Suite 109, Raleigh, NC 27604.

About SAFE Haven for Cats:

SAFE Haven’s mission is to ensure the well-being of every cat through adoption, affordable spay/neuter services, community outreach and adherence to no-kill principles. The shelter receives no government funds and relies solely on private donations for 84% percent of its budget. Visit safehavenforcats.org for more information.

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New Critically Acclaimed Murder Mystery, Midland Club, Is Now Available at The Regulator Bookshop in Durham

new murder mystery/gay lit book by Mark Spano

Book reviewers compare it to “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” and film noir classics.

Chapel Hill author Mark Spano is pleased to announce that his new, critically acclaimed mystery novel, Midland Club, is now available at The Regulator Bookshop on Ninth Street in Durham.

Since opening in December of 1976, The Regulator Bookshop has remained an independent store, selling “a little bit of everything,” as the owners state on the website. “Fiction, mysteries, poetry, cookbooks, kids’ books…You name it, we’ve got it.”

The Regulator is also an icon in downtown Durham that’s committed to serving the community by carrying books from lesser known authors, especially local authors and including self-published books; by buying and selling used books; and by hosting reading and author events.

“Having my book on the shelf at The Regulator Bookshop feels a bit like playing the Palace,” said Spano. “I’m a pretty lucky author.”

Published by Thunderfoot Press, Midland Club is a tale of corruption, lies, and murder in a Midwestern city in 1958. “Only one man is willing to reveal the truth – at the risk of his own life,” the synopsis teases.

Thus far, all of its reviewers have praised the 120-page book for reading “like a film noir classic.” One critic offered, “There’s a bit of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil amidst the melancholy and I highly recommend this book.” Another called it “a small jewel…flawlessly smooth and realistic…” And an appreciative reader posted, “Spano can be proud of his story as it perfectly captures that place and time to create an engaging work of noir fiction. It kept me reading non-stop until the end, meriting this hearty recommendation.”

For more insight into Midland Club, follow Thunderfoot Press’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ThunderfootPress/.

The Regulator Bookshop is located at 720 Ninth Street, Durham, NC 27705. Hours are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. until 8 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. For more information, visit www.regulatorbookshop.com.

fiction/mystery/gay literature
Author Mark Spano

About The Author:

MARK SPANO is the author of five works of fiction and a memoir. As a filmmaker, his work includes The Quality of Light: A Biography of Claude Howell and the definitive documentary on Sicily, “Reimagining Sicily.” He holds advanced degrees from Marymount University of Virginia and the American University in Washington, D.C., and now resides in rural Orange County, North Carolina.

Trig Modern Announces…

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Architects and designers create cool, modern cat houses for an auction to benefit SAFE Haven For Cats.

Trig Modern design center and showroom in Raleigh announces “The Cat’s Meow,” an auction of modern, professionally designed houses for cats to benefit SAFE Haven for Cats, a non-profit, no-kill shelter in Raleigh dedicated to finding homes for homeless cats and kittens.

The auction will be held Wednesday, May 10th, from 6-8 p.m., during a Cocktail Party in Trig Modern’s showroom in Dock 1053, 1053 East Whitaker Mill Road. Raleigh. The Auction and Party are free and open to the public. Professional auctioneer Ben Ferrell is donating his services.

Ann Marie Baum, Trig Modern’s lead interior designer and a SAFE Haven volunteer, has issued Invitations to architects and designers throughout the Triangle area to create “cool, modern cat houses that people who love cats will be delighted to have in their homes. So we’re encouraging participating designers to think of their contributions as furniture or accessories that will contribute to, rather than detract from, someone’s décor.”

Modern design and quality construction are also imperative, she stressed, “so that the houses will fetch substantial prices. This is a fundraiser after all!”

Baum and Trig Modern’s owner, Bob Drake, were inspired to organize and present “The Cat’s Meow” after seeing the results of a similar event that architects in Los Angeles. “How cool can a cat house be? Just take a look at these,” she said, referencing Los Angeles Architects For Animals fundraiser for a local nonprofit.

“We are so excited about ‘The Cat’s Meow’ auction to help formerly stray cats find their home-sweet-home’ literally,” said Pam Miller, founder and president of SAFE Haven for Cats. “This is a creative, fun, and practical way to help abandoned cats and kittens find the first real home they have ever known. We’re so grateful to Trig Modern for hosting this event.”

Completed cat houses will be delivered to Trig Modern May 4-6 and remain on display in the showroom until the night of the Cocktail Party and Auction. Those interested in bidding may stop in the showroom anytime during business hours (Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) to take a close look at the little houses prior to the auction.

Anyone interested in participating in “The Cat’s Meow” – by designing a cathouse, providing in-kind donations, etc. – should contact Ann Marie Baum as soon as possible either by phone at Trig Modern, 919.516.8744 or by emailing her: annmariebaum7@gmail.com.

For more information on Trig Modern, visit www.trigmodern.com.

About Trig Modern:

Founded in December 2012, Trig Modern is owned and operated by furniture and lighting designer Bob Drake. Through its combination of modern and mid-century-inspired furniture, lighting, wall and floor coverings, and accessories, as well as Modern kitchen and bath remodeling services, Trig Modern’s mission is to present a realistic portrait of sensible living and offer an antidote to excess, formality, and convention. For more information visit www.trigmodern.com, call 919.516.8744 and find Trig Modern on Facebook. The showroom is located at 1053 East Whitaker Mill Road, Suite 109, Raleigh, NC 27604.

About SAFE Haven for Cats:

SAFE Haven’s mission is to ensure the well-being of every cat through adoption, affordable spay/neuter services, community outreach and adherence to no-kill principles. The shelter receives no government funds and relies solely on private donations for 84p percent of its budget. Visit safehavenforcats.org for more information.

 

Trig Modern Expands Textiles Offerings with Two Custom, Couture Rug Lines

Customer demand for modern floor coverings makes

high-end options a viable alternative.

Emma Gardner Designs area rug. (Photo from EGD gallery)
Emma Gardner Design area rug. (Photo from EGD gallery)

Trig Modern in Raleigh, the design center and showroom in Dock 1053 on East Whitaker Mill Road, has announced that it is now offering two new high-end modern, custom area rug collections from California: Emma Gardner Design, LLC, of Petaluma and Savnik & Co. of San Francisco.

“We’re always in search of fresh, unique products,” said Trig Modern owner Bob Drake. “Emma Gardner and Savnik are not widely distributed and they are on the high end, price-wise. But both companies offer such beautiful, unique options that we felt compelled to make them available to our showroom customers and interior design clients.”

Established in 2002 by Emma Gardner of Kyoto, Japan, Emma Gardner Design’s primary products are couture area rugs that are hand-made and GoodWeave-certified* in Nepal. Based on original copyrighted designs, the rugs are hand-knotted using hand-carded, hand-spun, pot-dyed Tibetan wool, and fine Chinese silk. Each one is made to order. Categories include Floral/Asian, Geometric, Organic Natural, and Signature, among others.

Savnik & Co. pure wool rug. (Photo from Houzz)
Savnik & Co. pure wool rug. (Photo from Houzz)

Savnik & Company is a family-owned business founded over 50 years ago. Its rugs and carpets are made of 100 percent wool that is skein-dyed for pure, even color. Its extensive line of textures can be augmented by custom treatments including shapes, sizes, over-tufted patterns, borders, and fringe. In addition to its 80 standard color palette, Savnik can also custom-match yarns to paint samples, fabric swatches, etc.

“There’s something wonderful about having a gorgeous rug customized to your specific design vision,” Drake said, “whether that means colors, motif, or a unique size. We’re confident that Trig Modern customers and clients are going to find these lines very exciting.”

For more information on Trig Modern, visit www.trigmodern.com or call 919. 516.8755.

*About GoodWeave Certification:

The handmade carpet industry exploits nearly 250,000 children. GoodWeave is helping to combat this problem and transform the rug industry by certifying child-labor-free rugs and by providing education and other opportunities to rescued- and at-risk children. GoodWeave certification assures that no children were involved in the making of a rug.

logo_smAbout Trig Modern:

Founded in December 2012, Trig Modern is owned and operated by furniture and lighting designer Bob Drake. Through its combination of modern and mid-century-inspired furniture, lighting, wall and floor coverings, and accessories, as well as Modern kitchen and bath remodeling services, Trig Modern’s mission is to present a realistic portrait of sensible living and offer an antidote to excess, formality, and convention. For more information visit www.trigmodern.com, call 919.516.8744, and find Trig Modern on Facebook. The showroom is located at 1053 East Whitaker Mill Road, Suite 109, Raleigh, NC 27604.

Trig Modern’s Ann Marie Baum To Moderate Furniture Makers’ Panel Discussion

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Trig Modern interior designer Ann Marie Baum

“Craft and Furniture Makers for the 21st Century” is part of summer-long exhibition at the Contemporary Art Museum in downtown Raleigh.

On Sunday, July 24, from 4-6 p.m., interior designer Ann Marie Baum of Trig Modern design center and showroom in Raleigh will moderate an informal conversation among area furniture makers at the Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) in downtown Raleigh entitled “Craft and Furniture Makers for the 21st Century.”

Free and open to the public, the event is part of CAM’s summer exhibition “20 Years of Horse & Buggy Press,” an award-winning printing shop and book production studio in Durham. The exhibition will run through August 7.

Baum’s conversation will include Al Frega, Scott Howell, Ben Galata, Jessica Ullom from Hawks & Doves, and Anthony Ulinski of Dovetail Woodworks — five of the furniture makers who created custom works for a “living room-esque” space in CAM where the conversation will take place. Each of the five will talk about their work. Dave Wofford of Horse & Buggy Press will briefly discuss books as original artifacts. And Baum will lead a question-and-answer session following the individual presentations.

Originally from Hopewell, Virginia, Ann Marie Baum co-founded Cherry Modern Design in Raleigh in 2004. During her years at Cherry Modern Design, she collaborated with Clearscapes Architecture on the interiors of The Hudson condo building in downtown Raleigh and worked closely with architect Thomas Pheiffer and the NC Museum of Art staff to furnish the museum’s new wing and Iris Cafe. She joined Trig Modern in 2014, where she serves as lead interior designer.

Baum and Trig Modern’s owner, Bob Drake, frequently work with local and regional furniture and casework designers for their interior design projects. They also carry local designers’ work in their showroom.

“It’s going to be a fascinating discussion,” Baum predicted. “I admire the work of each of these artists.”
For more information on this and other events associated with the exhibition “20 Years of Horse & Buggy Press,” go to camraleigh.org/exhibitions/. Even though the event is free, anyone interested in attending should RSVP to Melissa Roth at melissa.roth@camraleigh.org.

For more information on Ann Marie Baum and Trig Modern, visit www.trigmodern.com.

logo_smAbout Trig Modern:

Founded in December 2012, Trig Modern is owned and operated by furniture and lighting designer Bob Drake. Through its combination of modern and mid-century-inspired furniture, lighting, wall and floor coverings, and accessories, as well as Modern kitchen and bath remodeling services, Trig Modern’s mission is to present a realistic portrait of sensible living and offer an antidote to excess, formality, and convention. For more information visit www.trigmodern.com, call 919.516.8744, and find Trig Modern on Facebook. The showroom is located at 1053 East Whitaker Mil Road, Suite 109, Raleigh, NC 27604.

Networking In North Hills: BeyondBlue Interiors To Host March “Thirst4Architecture”

BeyondBlue Interiors, North Hills, Raleigh
BeyondBlue Interiors, North Hills, Raleigh

BeyondBlue Interiors in Raleigh’s North Hills shopping center will host Thirst4Architecture (T4A), a monthly networking party sponsored by North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) and Emilie Huin of Triangle Modern Homes on Thursday, March 17, from 6-8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

T4A parties are opportunities for architects, artists, building managers, contractors, engineers, furniture dealers, realtors, and anyone else interested in Modernist residential design to connect and create strategic alliances in a casual environment. The hosts provide refreshments and other entertainment while introducing T4A participants to their businesses.

Susan Lafera and Beth Bridges opened BeyondBlue Interiors in 2005 to offer the Triangle region a collection of modern, sophisticated furnishings, accessories, fabrics, lighting, and floor coverings.

“We choose vendors who create quality products and beautiful designs at an affordable price,” the partners say on their website. “We also feel it is important to feature collections that are not readily available in the Triangle.”

Throughout the March 17th event, partygoers will be able to speak with BeyondBlue’s interior designers and tour the spacious showroom, which is located in North Hills shopping center at 4350 Lassiter, North Hills Avenue, Suite 102, Raleigh, NC 27609 (919.896.6630). For more information on BeyondBlue Interiors and to get directions: www.beyondblueinteriors.com.

For more information on NCMH and the locations for future Thirst4Architecture events, visit www.ncmodernist.org.

About NC Modernist Houses:

North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) is an award-winning, 501C3 nonprofit organizations established in 2007 and dedicated to documenting, preserving, and promoting Modernist residential design. The website is now the largest open digital archive for Modernist residential design in America. NCMH also hosts popular architecture events every month and frequent home tours, giving the public access to the most exciting residential architecture, past and present. These tours and events raise awareness and help preserve these “livable works of art” for future generations.

For more information: www.ncmodernist.org.

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Trig Modern Announces Relocation To “Dock 1053”

Bob Drake and Ann Marie Baum of Trig Modern
Bob Drake and Ann Marie Baum of Trig Modern

Joining a new business and retail center on Whitaker Mill Road.

Bob Drake, owner of Trig Modern in downtown Raleigh, officially announces that he’s moving his furniture showroom and design center from West Jones Street to a larger space at 1053 East Whitaker Mill Road, Suite 109, within an emerging business and entrepreneur center known as Dock 1053.

Trig Modern will occupy 5000 square feet of the former Winn-Dixie distribution center – a 183,000-square-foot warehouse built in 1955. Grubb Ventures is converting the warehouse into retail, office, restaurant, warehouse, and manufacturing space, with a special emphasis on supporting entrepreneurial efforts.

“We couldn’t be more excited about the move,” Drake said. “Not only is it 1300 square feet larger than our current showroom, but it’s also easily accessible from Wake Forest Road and Atlantic Avenue, it’s half way between downtown and North Hills, and it offers plenty of parking.” He paused and smiled. “And it’s not surrounded by constant construction,” he said, referring to the apartment buildings going up around his current location on the corner of Jones and Harrington streets.

Ann Marie Baum, Trig’s interior designer, noted that Dock 1053 will provide walk-in customers and other opportunities for collaboration with neighboring businesses. “The synergy alone will be well worth the move,” she said.

Other businesses already in Dock 1053 include Lynnwood Brewing Concern, Mutual Distributing, and Murray’s Supply. According to Sam Crutchfield of Grubb Ventures, other enterprises coming to Dock 1053 include Pinetop Distillery; Murphy’s Naturals; Glas, a workspace and gallery for glass-blowing artist Nate Scheaffer; Loading Dock, a co-workspace and warehouse; and i2m, the research and development arm of Mann+Hummel currently headquartered at NC State University’s Centennial Campus.

“We are currently working to add a restaurant or two as well,” Crutchfield noted.

Creating An Experience

The move has inspired Drake and Baum to re-think their business model, placing primary importance on Trig Modern as a full-service interior design center along with a showroom featuring modern furniture, finishes, lighting and accessories. In its current location, Trig has functioned more as a showroom with design services as an additional benefit.

According to Drake, the “new” Trig Modern will offer more price points than it has previously, and it will showcase locally sourced kitchen systems and custom cabinetry in addition to an Italian line of kitchen systems the store will carry. Trig will also maintain “nods to mid-century design,” Baum noted, while carrying more contemporary modern merchandise.

Throughout their new open interior at Dock 1053, Drake and Baum will create vignettes that use furniture, light, color, texture, and accessories to demonstrate fully polished, pulled-together looks that underscore Trig’s design sensibilities and that retail customers might emulate.

“The difference between shopping online and in a store is the experience,” Drake said. “We want coming into Trig to be an inviting, well-organized experience that customers will want to return to again and again.”

Drake plans to hold a Grand Opening event in May.

For more information on Trig Modern, visit www.trigmodern.com.

logo_smAbout Trig Modern:

Opened in December 2012, Trig Modern is owned and operated by furniture and lighting designer Bob Drake. Through its combination of modern and mid-century-inspired furniture, lighting, and accessories, as well as Modern kitchen and bath remodeling services, Trig’s mission is to present a realistic portrait of sensible living and offer an antidote to excess, formality, and convention. For more information visit www.trigmodern.com, call 919.516.8744, and find Trig Modern on Facebook.

Pedro Williams: New Barber Shop Opens In Downtown Durham, Designed by The Raleigh Architecture Co.

A neon sign points the way to "Pedro Williams." (photo by Pedro Williams)
A neon sign points the way to “Pedro Williams.” (photo by Pedro Williams)

The Raleigh Architecture Company (RACo) has completed the design and build-out of the third Arrow Haircuts location – only this time in Durham and under the name “Pedro Williams.”

Owners and brothers Pete and Andy Phipps opened their newest location earlier this month in the old Wells Fargo building at 624 Ninth Street, following the success of his first two shops: one in Raleigh’s Cameron Village shopping center, the other on Hargett Street in downtown Raleigh.

Andy Phipps describes the concept for all three locations as “old-style neighborhood barber shops with great customer service” that also happen to serve free beer and display racks of locally made products for sale. He sees them as alternatives to national chains and expensive salons.

Their locations underscore that intent.

“Most hair salons want spaces in shopping centers or strip malls that they can up-fit in two weeks,” architect Robby Johnston, AIA, co-owner of The Raleigh Architecture Company, noted. “Andy and Pete want to be part of the urban fabric, to support local retail, so their shops end up in old buildings and odd spaces that require a lot of work but turn out to be really interesting and unique.”

The Cameron Village shop is located in a space that was occupied by a barbershop from 1966 until Arrow moved in. The Hargett Street location housed Capital City Barber Shop for 80 years starting in 1931.

The 900-square-foot Durham location proved the most challenging of the three, according to RACo co-owner Craig Kerins, AIA. “It was in very poor condition and hadn’t been maintained. The space was sort of a leftover section of the building and hadn’t been treated well over the years.”

Nonetheless, Pedro Williams features all the RACo-designed elements that define the Arrow brand, including the central bar; the use of raw, exposed finishes (plywood, concrete, and galvanized conduit); the stylists’ stations arranged down a long, continuous bar; red metal tool chests for the stylists’ tools; and the red, white, and blue color scheme inspired by vintage barber poles. The aim was friendly, familiar, and hip. Achieved.

So why the name “Pedro Williams” instead of Arrow? Pete Phipps describes it best here: http://guaranteedshorterhair.com.

For more information on The Raleigh Architecture Company, visit www.raleigh-architecture.com.

About The Raleigh Architecture Company:

The Raleigh Architecture Company is an award-winning design/build firm specializing in Modern sustainable architecture, and craftsman-quality construction. As licensed architects and general contractors, we consider designing and building to be one integrated process. This streamlined approach empowers us to meet our clients’ economic expectations and to seamlessly execute high quality details, both small and large. Our office and shop are located under one roof in downtown Raleigh’s Warehouse District at 502 S. West Street. For more information visit www.raleigh-architecture.com, call 919-831-2995, or email: info@raleigh-architecture.com.

TRIG Modern Celebrates Mid-Century Designers During “Thirst4Architecture”

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Dutch designer Hella Jongerius’ reinterpretation of Alvar Aalto’s 400 and 401 Armchair for Artek.

April’s networking event for Modernist design enthusiasts

TRIG Modern, Raleigh’s premiere Modern furniture showroom at 328 West Jones Street, will present “An Evening with Alvar, Adrian, Milo and Vladimir” when the store hosts North Carolina Modernist Houses’ (NCMH’s) “Thirst4Architecture” networking happy hour on Thursday, April 16, from 6-8 p.m. A celebration of mid-century designers, the event is free and open to the public.

Emilie Huin of Coldwell Banker, a specialist in Modernist real estate throughout the Triangle, is the series sponsor for all 2014-2015 T4A happy hours, which provide opportunities for modern design enthusiasts to mix, mingle, and make strategic connections. The host business provides refreshments and other entertainment while attendees build relationships, create strategic alliances, and make new contacts.

For the April T4A, TRIG Modern’s owner, Bob Drake, will spotlight iconic mid-20th-century modern chairs designed by Finnish architect, sculptor and painter Alvar Aalto; American architect and furniture designer Adrian Pearsall; American furniture designer and 2009 Interior Design Hall of Fame inductee Vladimir Kagan; and North Carolina-based Thayer Coggins’ premiere designer Milo Baughman. Examples of each designer’s chairs will be on display in the showroom.

In keeping with the evening’s Mid-Century theme, Drake’s sister will cater the event, serving up classic 1950s and ‘60s dishes.

“The best thing about hosting a T4A event,” Drake said, “is being surrounded by a bunch of like-minded folks who appreciate Modern design.”

Opened in 2012, TRIG Modern is the only showroom and design service in downtown Raleigh that specializes in modern furniture and lighting in tandem with an eclectic blend of compatible furnishings and accessories, including Mid-20th Century items and a throw pillow collection that Drake designed himself.

“TRIG is a very different kind of showroom,” Drake said. “We combine both new and vintage furniture, kitchen and bath, lighting, original art and objects.”

Drake noted that the store’s new line of modern kitchen systems will also be on display that night. For more information on TRIG Modern, visit http://trigmodern.com.

NCMH is an award-winning non-profit organization dedicated to documenting, preserving, and promoting Modernist residential design across the state. For the dates and locations of future T4A events, go to www.ncmodernist.org/t4a.

redchair smAbout NC Modernist Houses:

North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) is an award-winning, 501C3 nonprofit organizations established in 2007 and dedicated to documenting, preserving, and promoting Modernist residential design. The website is now the largest open digital archive for Modernist residential design in America. NCMH also hosts popular architecture events every month and frequent home tours, giving the public access to the most exciting residential architecture, past and present. These tours and events raise awareness and help preserve these “livable works of art” for future generations. For more information: www.ncmodernist.org.

HIP ON HILLSBOROUGH: The Raleigh Architecture Co. completes two commercial projects side-by-side.

State of Beer bar and bottling shop.
State of Beer bar and bottling shop.

The Raleigh Architecture Company (RACo), a young design-build firm with numerous projects in downtown Raleigh, has completed two more commercial up-fit projects that just happen to sit side-by-side in a multi-tenant building on the 400 block of Hillsborough Street: State of Beer, a beer bar and bottle shop, and Runologie, a specialty sporting goods store for serious runners.

While the projects’ proximity to each other was convenient, both projects posed the same serious challenge: how to complete the noisy, dusty demolition of the previous interiors and construction of the new interiors without disturbing Exploris Middle School adjacent to and above them. The solution: Heavy construction took place before 8 a.m., after 4 p.m., and on weekends.

“It was a very urban project,” said RACo partner Craig Kerins. “The whole property is a mix of spaces and different buildings that have been combined over time. The result is that there are some odd spaces and adjacency conditions you have to deal with which adds to the complexity of the project. Add to that the owner’s desire to be open in time for the holidays, and you end up with an intense pace of construction.”

David Meeker, Chris Powers, and Woody Lockhard own State of Beer at 401A Hillsborough Street. (The three men also own Busy Bee Café on Wilmington Street and Trophy Brewing on West Morgan Street.) Within the 1460-square-foot space, the RACo team designed and built a cozy bar for beer enthusiasts that recalls, without imitating, old European bars, along with a generous bottle shop/retail section, and food preparation space for gourmet sandwiches and salads.

RACo partners Robby Johnston and Craig Kerins incorporated the abundance of overhead ductwork into the clean, well-organized design. Custom steel lighting and shelving units define the visual vocabulary and create a textural contrast with the exposed trusses and old brick walls. The long, sleek bar is cleverly fashioned out of a reclaimed bowling alley lane the owners found.

Ruonologie sporting goods store for serious runners.
Ruonologie sporting goods store for serious runners.

At 401B Hillsborough Street, Kimberlie Fowler Meeker and Laura Berry – elite runners who win or finish at the top of their races – own Runologie, a 2050-square-foot retail space and hub for downtown Raleigh’s running community. The showroom includes display space for shoes, apparel and accessories, and nutritional items, as well as a front desk tucked into one of the storefront windows. A “shoe cloud” centerpieces the space, where wide-planked wood floors and custom-crafted wood benches add warm notes among the custom steel displays units.

For this project, RACo served as the design architect, Maurer Architects was the permit architect, and the Raleigh Construction Co. (the construction arm of The Raleigh Architecture Co.) was the general contractor.

RACo’s other commercial projects in the downtown Raleigh area include Arrow Haircuts, Nuvo Nivo children’s boutique, and several renovations of Videri Chocolate Factory.

For more information on The Raleigh Architecture Company’s design-build firm, visit www.raleigh-architecture.com.

LOGOAbout The Raleigh Architecture Company:

The Raleigh Architecture Company is an award-winning design-build firm specializing in Modern sustainable architecture and craftsman-quality construction. As licensed architects and general contractors, the firm considers designing and building to be one integrated process. This streamlined approach empowers RACo to meet our clients’ economic expectations and to seamlessly execute high quality details, both small and large. The office and shop are located under one roof in downtown Raleigh’s Warehouse District at 502 S. West Street. For more information visit www.raleigh-architecture.com, call 919-831-2995, or email: info@raleigh-architecture.com.