Wednesday, October 19, 2016

El Segundo - Second to None

Artist DUSTER's signature style at Beinfield Architecture designed El Segundo 

"Decades ago, the work of Bronx artist Duster UA was spotted by avid New York City collector and curator Dolores Neumann. The well-known graffiti writer, whose tags and visual musings could be found on the sides of trains and the city walls that were his first canvases, made the leap to put paint to actual canvas and became part of Neumann's private collection that included Picassos, Matisses, Miros. As a board member of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the curator also got one of his paintings accepted there (he describes their relationship in a 20 IO interview/ short documentary, searchable on Youtube). 

Norwalk's Peter Bondi has amassed his own extensive collection of street art over the years, including Duster's work, and through Bondi and Ironworks and El Segundo architect and designer Bruce Beinfield, an introduction was made between the artist and the owners of the bar. "They said they wanted the place to look like an abandoned building where writers had gone· through .. .I've done that kind of stuff before, on movie sets," (Duster's cache includes work in Hollywood for the likes of the Wayans brothers). The detailed piece at the back of the room of a train face is a signature painting that he originally imagined and created on the side of a New York train car. "It's a wild-style piece that says, 'Duster,"' he muses".

Read more of Foodster Mike Mackeys'  article in The Beat here

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Corsair / Place-making through the Arts

CORSAIR New Haven mural / the Beinfield team was invited to sign the letter "n" at the opening celebration
More on Beinfield Architecture's recently opened Corsair in the news - 

"In mid-June, the Corsair, a new luxury residential complex at 1050 State St., welcomed the public to view its largely interior collection of commissioned artworks by predominantly New Haven-area artists, related to the site’s historical contributions and manufacturing glory days.

In recent weeks, the company’s mission of arts support and place-making through the arts took another bold step with the addition of a new exterior mural painted on the north side of the Corsair site facing State Street and within view of an I-91 overpass. The idea of a postcard-like presentation was conceived by developer Andy Montelli working with muralist Josh Griffin, a young artist with a growing visual footprint in New Haven."
New Haven Independent

Monday, October 10, 2016

ARTISAN / Beinfield Architecture / Fairfield Restaurant Week - October 16 -22


"Located on the ground floor of the boutique Delamar Southport Hotel in the coastal Connecticut town of Southport, Artisan Restaurant, Tavern, and Garden exemplifies the ideal integration of indoor and outdoor spaces. Architect Mark P. Goodwin of the Norwalk firm Beinfield Architecture collaborated with Liza Laserow of Laserow Antiques and Interior Designs to create an atmosphere that incorporates classic 18th Century Scandinavian design while also staying true to the regional hallmarks of the restaurant’s New England setting...."
“A Taste of Old Sweden in Coastal New England,” by Saby Teyes-Kulkarni,, September 25, 2014

Friday, September 30, 2016

Thumbs Up!

Architect Bruce Beinfield talks with transportation consultant Sam Schwartz 
near the Metro-North Walk Bridge
Chairman and CEO of Spinnaker Real Estate Partners, Clay Fowler
speaks as Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling looks on 

"Thumbs up to Beinfield Architecture PC and Spinnaker Real Estate Partners for inviting transportation engineer Sam Schwartz, “Gridlock Sam,” to Norwalk to talk Wednesday evening about his initial impressions of the Walk Bridge replacement project, as well as his latest book. The principals of the architecture and real estate firms did a community service by elevating the level of dialogue about one of the most critical projects in Norwalk. City leaders are right to consider a consultant to look out for local interests, and to ask for more time to review the state Department of Transportation’s design plan and environmental impact study. The DOT is scheduled to conduct a hearing on the study at 6 p.m., followed by a presentation of the project at 7 p.m., Oct. 6, in City Hall".
 The Hour

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Transit-Oriented Development takes hold in Norwalk

Colin Grotheer, Associate with Beinfield Architecture, shares the firms' Transit-Oriented Development projects near the South Norwalk Train Station.
Transit-Oriented Development is aimed at revitalizing urban areas by getting people to live in places where they can walk to transit centers such as the South Norwalk Train Station.

On the T.O.D.front - Beinfield Architectures' apartments on Chestnut Street.

The HOUR article here

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Bloomfield Apartments in Progress

Beinfield Architecture designed Bloomfield apartments are underway - with ample amenities, modern layouts and a sense of community.  Bloomfield is contemporary, yet borrowing inspiration from the vernacular of the Connecticut River Valley; a unique style owing in part to the industry and innovation that evolved there during the nineteenth century.

Amenities include a 16,000-square-foot clubhouse with media room, a lounge and fitness center, and an interior courtyard with swimming pool and other recreational attractions.
Read Hartford Business Journal article here

Here is a look a beautiful little book on early houses of the Connecticut River Valley -
"An Architectural Monograph on Houses of the Connecticut River Valley" 1926

Friday, September 16, 2016

A Closer Look at the Walk Bridge

For those who missed Sam Schwartzs' informative talk at the Maritime Center - 2 articles here
The Hour    Nancy on Norwalk