Shou-Sugi-Ban or yakisugi is the traditionally Japanese technique of charring cedar boards for use in siding, decking and fencing projects. Modern applications of the centuries old craft are making a resurgence in the US and strong statement in the Pacific Northwest. This process of burning and wire brushing wood planks was originally used to replicate the natural weathering process of driftwood in Japan. Dating back to the 18th-century, the Shou-Sugi-Ban method enhances the materials performance and beauty by sealing the woods pores and deepening the color.Read More
One of our values at SZ is to employ a multidisciplinary approach to architecture and the build environment. As a design-build firm, we see immense value in the collaboration of design and construction and encourage each team member to be fluent in both languages. That is why we are excited about the Certificate in Construction Management offered by the University of Washington. One of our designers, Lara, is currently enrolled in the certificate program and is working to apply that knowledge to streamline processes and enrich the communication between the design and construction teams.Read More
What a sweet treat it is to showcase this beautiful series of Love Birds, by Mehdi Ghanbeigy. This is the perfect gift to give for your special someone on Valentine’s Day. This exhibit will be on display until end of March, so catch it while you can.
During a recent visit to the Northeast over the holidays, I stopped by the Farmhouse Pottery’s showroom in Hanover, New Hampshire. I was drawn in by the handmade simplicity and true authenticity of each handcrafted piece. I ended up bringing home a large ‘yellowware’ pitcher which I now keep at my desk, occasionally filled with fresh flowers. Such balanced, tactile works make me smile and remind me to slow down and appreciate life in each inspired detail.Read More