Fun with Patterns

We’re big pattern fans here at Utile (a segment of our office consists of closeted Studio Alchimia and Memphis enthusiasts).




Top: Memphis Illustration, date unknown. Above: George J. Sowden, interior designs, 1983.

So, we were thrilled to see Andrew Zago’s recent drawings for the MoMA Foreclosed exhibit.


I have some doubts about the overall exhibit premise and the projects, but I do appreciate the hint of heterogeneity and lack of architectural totalitarianism in Zago Architecture’s rendering style.

– Meera

Reed Hilderbrand is notable!

We are pleased to see our good friends—and frequent collaborators—at Reed Hilderbrand called out by Charles Birnbaum of the Cultural Landscape Foundation as one of the ten “notable developments in landscape architecture” in 2011:

On the outskirts of Boston, Watertown, Mass.-based landscape architecture practice Reed Hilderbrand is one of today’s most influential design firms. This past year saw the unveiling of five distinct and significant public spaces: Kaufmann Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City (with Moshe Safdie architect), the design leverages the site’s 60′ elevation change weaving in terraces and slopes that connect to neighboring communities; Chazen Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin, Madison, (Machado + Silvetti Associates, architects), a two-block extension provides a new Arts Piazza while creating a site for an expanded out­door sculpture program; Clyfford Still Museum, Denver, Co., a new urban park–in the form of an earthen plinth that grounds the building and provides a respite from the downtown; Poetry Foundation, Chicago, Ill. (John Ronan Architects), located within a new two-story translucent frame headquarters, the garden has been designed to host intimate poetry readings and small gatherings, while accommodating easy movement through the courtyard and into the building; and the Center for Advancement of Public Action, Bennington Campus, Vt. (Todd Williams Billie Tsien Architects) which integrates this contemporary center into the campus by embracing its rich landscape palimpsest: the hedgerows that mark 19th century field patterns and the meadow and pond surviving from the early 20th century estate era which today form the heart of the college.


Above: Clyfford Still Museum, Denver, Colorado. Allied Works (architecture) and Reed Hilderbrand (landscape architecture).

Flush Bay

A nice essay in subtractive figuration – or what to do if you want a ground level bay window, but don’t have the real estate to pull it off. This example is located at the corner of Beacon and Somerset Streets.