Bienenstock Library Lighting Schedule

Lighting is one of the most overlooked and yet important elements of good interior design After all, there is little point in creating luxury surroundings if they cannot then be appreciated properly or if there is insufficient light to be able to carry out even the most basic of tasks. In addition though, lighting is also essential in terms of creating the mood and ambience of a living space, so getting it right from the start is vital.

The lighting in an environment changes the mood of a room just as it does the perceived size of a room. Placement and type are important aspects of interior design, and they work in conjunction with color selections, room size, availability of natural light and furniture selection. The elements that come together when the right lighting is achieved transform a room into a seamless combination of functionality and style.

Here is my lighting schedule and key for the Bienenstock Library Competition. Leave feedback in the comment section!

2D space planning done in AutoCad and rendered in Adobe Photoshop.

Until Next Time,

Maelee Arnold

Interior Design Student


Bienenstock Library Competition Floor Plan:

After a busy week with High Point Furniture Market, I have completed the Beinenstock Library Competition space planning for the first and second floor. The first and second floor will be used for art gallery display, an office, open kitchen, and bathroom. I have implied a bunch of technology features while style trying to keep it a “Statement Piece”.



Until Next Time,

Maelee Arnold

Interior Design Student

Get To Know: 21c Art Museum Hotel Durham

21 c

Source: 21c Museum Hotel

On our last Commercial II class field trip we visited 21c Art Museum Hotel in Durham.  21c is an upscale boutique hotel in the heart if Durham. It features contemporary art, a swanky bar and probably the coolest bathrooms in town. The staff are courteous and helpful. It’s an excellent venue and welcome addition to the downtown scene. It’s a hotel, art gallery, restaurant and has a beautiful bar that is separated from the dining room.   The hotel is located right in the middle of downtown Durham so that makes it very walkable to all the nearby shops and attractions. It’s a great place to view interesting art in the hotel’s galleries which are free and open 24hrs a day. They have done a really good job integrating the museum into the hotel in a way that doesn’t clog up guest walkways with museum traffic. The art changes out every so often to keep you wanting to come back for more.


Dining Area. Source: 21c Museum Hotel


This is a must see art gallery. What an adventure to be had, a true gem of Durham.


Source: 21c Museum Hotel

Until next time,

Maelee Arnold

Interior Design Student 

Get To Know: Tiger Leather

On our recent Interior Design school field trip for my Residential II class we got to visit Tiger Leathers warehouse and office. Formerly known as Tiger Imports, Tiger Leather has provided a proven alternative for the interior design industry for over a decade now. Tiger Leather delivers the best patent leather in the industry but has evolved to bring designers and their clients designs to life in every leather category. From beautiful basics to luxurious embossed patterns to glamorous metallic leather, Tiger Leather has it all.

tiger logo

Tiger Leather Logo Source: Tiger Website

Tiger Leather imports their leather from Italy. Mainly focusing on leather samples, rugs, hospitality, interior design and contract. With the new addition of a women’s leather jacket line that is currently being tested out in Italy. Their partnerships in Italy allow them unique insights to fashion icons such as Chloé, Coach, Marc Jacobs, and Louis Vuitton. They have also worked with the Kardashians and well known restaurants, clubs and hotels all around the world. They keep the classics clients love but add exciting new trends to inspire that other leather companies might not have. Such as decorative leather and bright colorful leather that can be so hard to find as designers!


Source: Tiger Leather Website

Time spent at Tiger Leather was very informative, learning about finishes and the leather industry. Check out their website to follow all of their new products.


Until Next Time,

Maelee Arnold

Interior Design Student

The Statement Piece: Bienenstock Library

After creating my mood board for the Bienenstock Furniture Library competition, I followed through with making a concept statement and quick sketches of logo concept ideas.

Take a look below, let me know which one is your favorite:

CONCEPT STATEMENT: The Statement Piece is defined by a bold, dashing, and ordered atmosphere. Escaping the mundane and celebrating local artists through movement, audacious colors, and geometric motifs. Embellished with timeless art and furniture that gleams through each proximity. Like a “Statement Piece”, the gallery is a hidden gem that elevates and impresses upon the facets of the community.



This week I developed my logo more using InDesign. I don’t want to give away my full design until the competition. However, I wanted my followers to see my design thought process first hand!

Take a look, there is now two logo options instead of three.

logo concept 1

Until next time,

Maelee Arnold

Interior Design Student



The Bernice Bienenstock Furniture Library is a worldwide center for research, design, and collaboration. It holds the world’s largest collection of rare and significant books on the history and design of furniture, with more than 5,000 volumes.

The Library is located in High Point, NC and is open to members of the home furnishings industry, students and the general public. The Library was founded in 1970 with an endowment from Furniture World Magazine and the Bienenstock family. It is supported by a board of directors from nearly every facet of the home furnishings industry. It is devoted the advancement of knowledge about design, furniture, interiors, architecture, textiles, finishes, and constructions.




The annual Bienenstock Scholarship competitions are open to any junior, senior or graduate student enrolled in an accredited college program of furniture design or interior design.  Judging is blind-with no name or college shown with the submission.  A distinguished panel of industry experts juries each competition.

The 2017 winners will be awarded their $5,000 scholarships, along with respective one-year student membership in ASFD or ASID, during High Point Market in April. Second place winners each receive a $1500 scholarship and the colleges representing the first place winners each get $1,000 towards their programs.


This years goal is to aesthetically succeed in showcasing art and a living quarter in a three story row brick house dating back to the last century. Requires to showcase art to its fullest potential and to ensure full ADA access to the public while making incorporating sustainable design concepts.

I do not want to give all my creative design ideas away before the closing of the competition.

However, take a look at my mood board. Lots of ideas are being formed!

Beinstock Library Comp FINAL

Until next time,

Maelee Arnold

Interior Design Student

What Is Adaptive Reuse?

Adaptive reuse can be simply understood as giving a new purpose to an old building. In many cities, structures originally home to manufacturing plants and small storefronts were abandoned as people moved out of town in search of both jobs and suburban living. Repurposing these original structures has caused a resurgence in urban living. Old mills have become retail and event space, industrial styled lofts or condos and small storefronts have become chic art galleries and boutique restaurants. Sustainability and a desire to limit an individual’s economic footprint are a few factors driving the movement toward adaptive reuse. Altering the function of an underutilized space, rather than demolish it allows us a glimpse into the history of a place and an appreciation for the past.

It is important to clarify that adaptive reuse and historical preservation are different things, although closely related. Historic preservation with regard to the built environment seeks to uphold or recreate the original space and for its originally intended purpose. While this is important to our history as a whole, it can be an expensive endeavor given the regulation and specific nature of locating resources and materials from the past. Adaptive reuse is not necessarily cheap, but it is both good for the environment and offers a return on investment for building owners or stakeholders, as the building has been given a new purpose.




Denver’s historic Airedale building, once home to a brothel, peep shows and an adult book store, now houses chef Justin Cucci’s restaurant and music venue, Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox. Cucci used the building’s colorful history as the springboard for the concept. Photos by Adam Larkey

Featured here are three examples of spaces that have been reclaimed in the state of North Carolina. From a former brothel turned restaurant & music venue in Denver, to a mixed-use facility in Asheville, and an engineering shop building on the campus of NC State that is now combined classrooms and research space. Adaptive reuse projects breathe new life into old, vacant buildings, but they’re not for the faint of heart.

Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox – Denver, NC

Chef Justin Cucci didn’t really have the time or money to do another restaurant. He already had two successful spots operating at full speed. But when a local designer purchased the historic building and approached Chef Cucci with the opportunity to help bring the abandoned, Victorian-era structure back to life, the offer was too tempting to pass up, and Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox emerged.


Ophelia’s was once a brothel. Photo by Oliver Nasralah

Although the building was in a state of decay, Cucci, whose first two restaurants reside in a former gas station, saw a chance to marry creative concept development with adaptive reuse in a way that would honor the building’s past. The fact that its past included a brothel, a peep-show venue and, most recently, a video store just added to the appeal. Working with architecture and design firm BASS Architecture, he created an eclectic, boudoir-inspired concept that boldly celebrates the building’s past lives.


Original brick walls were retained, where possible, including one in the main dining room that now carries an image of Ophelia, the concept’s namesake and muse.

Opened in April as a 225-seat “gastro-brothel” and live music venue on the main and lower levels of the three-story building, Chef Cucci illustrates the extreme highs and lows of adaptive reuse projects. Lengthy, costly, exhilarating at times and exasperating at others, it’s an example of adaptive reuse at its best, ultimately sustaining and preserving buildings that still have good bones while reinventing and reinvigorating them for new use.

Rice-White Building – Asheboro, NC


Original Row House

From 2006 to 2014, Rowhouse Architects and Heartwood Renovations, along with public interest groups undertook renovation of the historic Rice White Building, located in the heart of downtown Asheville. Originally built in the 1890’s by the Hilliard family, the building initially served as a mixed-use structure. The ground floor accommodated two retail spaces, and a medical practice operated by two generations of the Hilliard family. The second floor was home to an undertaker’s business, while the third floor served as a meeting space for two fraternal lodges. In the 1910’s the second floor was converted to the central labor union offices and the socialist reading room. Both the second and third floors were converted into a small downtown hotel in the 1930’s.


Adaptive Reuse: Row house

Another transition came in the 1950’s when a single furniture business, Rice-White Furniture took over the building, giving it the name it is now known for. The main floor housed a retail showroom, while additional items were warehoused on the second and third floors. Despite a large fire, much of the building’s initial character and woodwork survived despite a fire that ruined sections of the upper floors. The 2014 renovation returned the building to a mixed-use facility once again. An independent jewelery store and an art gallery facing Biltmore Avenue make up the first floor, along with smaller combined commercial and residential spaces in the rear. The upper floors of the building are now made up of eight residential units showcasing much of the building’s original architecture and views of downtown Asheville.   

Park Shops Building – NCSU – Raleigh, NC


After Adaptive Reuse

The Park Shops Building initially served as the shop for NC State’s Mechanical Engineering Department. Built in 1914, the renovation of some 48,000 existing square feet, is proof of the University’s commitment to sustainability and the pride they have in their campus’ history. The architecture and engineering firm of Clark Nexen were tested by having to reimagine a space that initially served one department, into a space that must serve multiple functions. Within the renovated Parks Shops Building, you’ll find classrooms, research and teaching labs for two departments, along with video-conferencing and televised classrooms, as well as a café and offices for student services and advising. In addition to renovating the existing square footage, a 3,000 square foot glass plaza creates a modern entry area and space for public gathering.

The design firm embraced the original brick exterior and industrial feel of the building, while incorporating modern technology and engineering. In doing so, they improved the acoustics and provided for the functionality required in contemporary learning environments, without losing the character of the building. Locating classrooms where they allow in maximum daylight allows for lower energy costs. The renovation completed in 2009 has won multiple awards for architecture and design, and it’s not hard to see why.

Until Next Time,

Maelee Arnold

Interior Design Student

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