Re-locating from cramped space to a custom building, A Maris provided space planning services to help the client achieve their mission to ‘positively impact the personal and professional lives of clients and employees, enabling all to perform at their best.’
The first commission for A. Maris Bernard in 1978, upon graduation from the University of Cincinnati, was for this financial services company in the newly constructed Central Trust Bank Building (now the First Financial Center) designed by David M. Childs of Skidmore Owings & Merrill. Moving from tradition office space on Lytle Park, Mr. Larmann wished to communicate a traditional care for financial matters in the context of a contemporary and innovative space reflective of his personal core values.
Lutz File and Tool obtained the rights to market the Gorilla Glue product in the US, and it quickly overtook the core business product lines which also serviced the construction industry. In the newly designed headquarters, the owners required the office space to accommodate the explosive expansion of this product line. Family owned and operated, the company encourages a healthy work culture and required their space to enhance a “fun-but-serious” atmosphere.
The new private office . . . Environmentally Eclectic. Re-purposed products, reclaimed materials. Energy Efficient. Explorative, Experiential, Expressive, Entrepreneurial. This prototype office was created as a vignette for the Art Design Consultants “Design Star” program featuring the work of independent designers in Cincinnati. This space featured a window from Wooden Nickel Antiques, re-purposed from a former greenhouse.
Teaming with Duke Realty, and project manager Tim Koch, she designed the floor plan to allow for phased implementation of the renovation of their existing space inclusive of selecting all the finishes, lighting, and furniture for the project. “Incorporating the client’s sculpture into the lobby, and adding new artwork, was fun ~ picking up the copper color and texture into the flooring and the reupholstered lobby seating.”
This specialty shop, in a Towne Properties commercial development on St. Gregory Street in Mt Adams, was the first of its kind to feature hand-crafted artisan-designed products in an upscale retail setting in the region. From glassware to jewelry to clothing, the owner insisted upon both exceptional design and artistry in all the products she selected for the store. She required a flexible yet creative space to allow for her to remerchandise products seamlessly as she introduced new artists and new collections.
A classic Mid-century modern facility built in a warehouse/industrial area near downtown Cincinnati was home to the Andrew Jergens company, founded in 1882. While working at Inner Space Design, A. Maris Bernard led the design team, working collaboratively with the facility manager to renovate the reception and lobby areas.