Why Design In Olneyville?

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Olneyville began at Olneyville Square in the early 18th century as a center of trade with a nearby Narragansett village. The settlement grew significantly around 1785, as a mill district hence attracting the immigrants from overseas

Today, however, the neighborhood has caught the attention of artists, designers and creative.

Redevelopments at places like The Plant, Rising Sun mills (former National and Providence Worsted Mills ), Atlantic Design Works, The WaterFire Arts Center, The Foundry, and more, though not all technically being located in Olneyville, have helped create greater means for the improvement of all aspects of the neighborhood, while maintaining its precious character and diversity.

Our event will be held at the Atlantic Design Works space. Come on over and find out why we decided to design in Olneyville!

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Eric Army

Studio MEJA

After starting Studio MEJA in 2011, Eric has had the opportunity to work on some incredibly rewarding projects. These have only served to deepen his love for architecture and help him realize the inter-dependence he has on the rest of the design team. His office responsibilities are big picture and quality assurance: have we set the right goals, and are we resolving the details appropriately. In the midst of this personal responsibility, Eric finds the transformative moments are always collaborative: drawing the first lines that give form to the client’s vision or finally resolving a complicated construction detail on-site with the contractor. He often finds his role as the unique generalist on the design team who can interface naturally between the client, contractor, regulatory officials, engineers, fabricators, and other designers. This skill, combined with a designer’s eye and a collaborator’s perspective, allow him to synthesize design solutions that stay true to the design’s core ideals and meet the needs expressed by his team.

In addition to being a collaborator, Eric is also a formal and informal educator. Sometimes this is in a traditional venue such as a college course or conference speaker, but the majority of it is part of daily life: sharing with clients and contractors principals of design and the rationale behind technical requirements.

Outside of the office, Eric also loves designing and building things for personal projects. This has allowed him to explore making furniture, light fixture design and historic trim details in a way one just can’t learn in the office. To recharge his batteries, Eric enjoys athletic pursuits such as cycling around town and running in the woods.

Kelly Taylor

Kelly Taylor Interior Design

Kelly Taylor, principal of Kelly Taylor Interior Design, has twenty years of experience in residential and commercial interior design. In 2012, she was honored with New England Home magazine’s “5 Under 40” Award, spotlighting the hottest emerging design talent in New England. She is also the 2016 recipient of Providence Business News’ “Woman to Watch in Creative Services” and the recipient of multiple Rhode Island Monthly awards. Kelly earned her undergraduate interior design degree from Parson’s School of Design and her Master of Design Studies in Sustainable Design from the Boston Architectural College. She is certified by NCIDQ, LEED accredited and a professional member of IIDA.

Alex Correia

Whit Star Antiques

Co-owner of White Star Antiques, a boutique store that has an ever-changing selection of curated antiques, art, furniture and curiosities. New items arrive daily with a focus on quality, interesting and iconic items from a variety of periods and styles including mid century modern, arts and crafts, art deco, industrial, and more.

Carlos Toro

Steer Digital Media

Carlos Toro leads a team of designers, developers, and filmmakers at Steer Digital. He’s Directed/Produced conservation-themed programming for Discovery channel and has served as underwater cinematographer on several productions for Discovery Channel and National Geographic. He was awarded the emerging filmmaker award at the Blue Ocean Film Festival and has since focused on projects that bring viewers closer into underwater environments. In his role as a conservation media ambassador for the Marine Megafauna Foundation of Ecuador, he’s recently partnered with lookingglassfactory.com (They’re our Featured Speaker on Monday 9/17 6-8pm for DESIGN WEEK RI 2018) to produce experimental underwater hologram content featuring Giant Manta Rays (Mobula Birostris). His aim to create impactful experiences that draw on the sciences to inspire action.