Interior Design with Art and 20,000 Legos: A Modern Home Renovation

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Interior Design with Art and 20,000 Legos: A Modern Home Renovation

In 1994 Artist Melissa Marks and Interface designer Vicente Caride purchased and inhabited their 1,500-square-foot New York home. The open floor plan was inviting and exciting, but their now 10-year-old son was getting a bit too old for an open room. He needed a door, but he probably never imagined that his need for a room of his own and a love of legos would translate to a renovation revolving around the building blocks.

The redesign took collaborative efforts from I Beam Architecture and Design and Lego Engineer Sean Kenney—one of five people in the country (and one of two in New York) licensed by the Lego company for intense building projects. Kenney built the wall using design instruction from I Beam, who mapped out the stairs, wall and Mondrian-inspired openings and windows based on Lego dimensions—dots. Kenney worked with the homeowners to create the cascading colors that recede and intensify up and down the stairs using 20,000 blocks . The structure took two weeks of 14-hour days for Kenney and his team to complete, though it is never truly complete, as Archie and his friends add blocks, creations and structures atop the walls.

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Throughout the rest of the home, Marks' bold artwork takes center stage and caries the Lego colors and playfulness throughout the living space, framed on a background of natural tones in paint and finishes. The living area, which doubles as Marks' studio, is big on utility and style, with clean lines, modern furniture and flexible, attractive storage. The architects worked closely with the owners to develop a design plan that would preserve the open floorplan while creating order amongst their varied life activities.

They decided to visually translate the idea that "artists and architects both use lines to express ideas" throughout the house—"different household functions would be delineated and their use defined by a solid walnut line that circumnavigated the loft to become shelving, stairs, door jambs, window sills, desks and countertops, thereby unifying the space while differentiating the various functions that take place there."

Design, ibeam, lego
Design, ibeam, lego
Design, ibeam, lego
Design, ibeam, lego
Design, ibeam, lego
Design, ibeam, lego
Design, ibeam, lego
Design, ibeam, lego

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Via New York Magazine

Jessica Patterson

Jessica Patterson

Hi, I'm Jessica. I'm a Designer and Writer at Drawbackwards and write for the Design Blog at Design.org. I enjoy vintage things, letterpress, publication design, and long walks around the Cesar Chavez Park pond. You can follow me on twitter at @jessdoodled for lots of fun randomness.

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