Architect Spotlight: David Coleman Architecture

by Rakks | January 11th, 2013

David Coleman Architecture - Stair House

For over thirty years, Rakks shelving systems have been custom designed to provide modern, attractive and flexible shelving and display solutions. Our products are the choice of architects, interior designers, store planners and design savvy consumers around the world. One top-level architectural firm that has utilized Rakks shelving in its designs is David Coleman Architecture.

The firm was founded in 1986 by firm principal David Coleman, and is based in Seattle, Washington. A veteran, award-winning firm with its fingerprints on innovative designs throughout the country, David Coleman Architecture is “known for creating spirited, refined, modern buildings that are timeless, light-filled and evocative of place.” Sustainability is a design focus both inside and out, as designs are created with the particularities of the landscape in mind, as well as the use of sustainable materials when appropriate.

A shining example of the firm’s work is the modern residence Stair House, located on a sloped lot overlooking Lake Washington and the Cascade Mountains in Seattle. The core of the design is centered around, as you can probably guess, the house’s two sets of stairs. One connects the front courtyard to the back porch, while the other connects the residence’s three interior floors. The interior stairs are encased in a glass box from floor to ceiling to provide optimum natural lighting; not to mention a visually pleasing view from the street. The stairs themselves are a sleek combination of steel and mahogany.

Interior Stairs

Feeling right at home with the modern design is Rakks Wall Mounted Shelving. Incorporated in the house’s living and entertainment area, the aluminum shelving system accompanies the modern minimalist theme which orients the resident towards the gorgeous exterior views.

Rakks Shelving in David Coleman Architecture Stair House

The flexibility of the Rakks system is on full display, as it frames the entertainment system and reinforces the marriage of wood and metal that the firm’s design so eloquently embraces.

Rakks - David Coleman Architecture

All photos by Steve Keating.

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