Connect: April 2015

Places to go, things to do and see and people who are leaving their mark on the world of style.

By Melissa Mauzy


Architextures, St. Louis, MO

Photography by Jeff Wellman Photography

The color orange is symbolic of strength and endurance, and is represented well at the office of Architextures, a full-scope architecture and interior design firm in St. Louis. Architextures was recently awarded the “Award of Excellence for Architecture" by the City of Webster Groves for the renovation of their 1940s building purchased for their new offices in Webster Groves. Owner Christi Johaningmeyer explains that orange is the perfect color to depict the strength and creativity of the firm. “From the orange powder-coated steel panels and aluminum sun shades on the façade, to the interior shades of tangerine, citrus yellow and light melon, these colors help to create an energizing and dynamic office environment for my team and clients," Johaningmeyer says.

Along with 12-foot ceilings, modular walls and unique sculptural glass artwork by local artists hanging on their walls, Architextures has a commanding feel, and no doubt will lead the industry in architecture and design for years to come.

JetBlue T5 Terminal at JFK, New York, NY

Photography courtesy of JetBlue

Travelers can wait to arrive and depart in style at JetBlue’s T5 terminal at New York’s JFK airport. Completed in 2008, the terminal houses 35 shops as well as 38 food and beverage outlets. With nontraditional offerings, travelers can grab a great meal while waiting for their flight to depart. New York design firm ICRAVE designed six of the bold restaurants featuring fun splashes of color as a way to depart from the traditional airport restaurant designs. Deep Blue gives off the feeling of being in a water world with modern, clean aesthetics. The overall terminal design focuses on simple materials such as exposed steel, metal and glass.

The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, Hilversum, Netherlands

Photography by Daria Scagliola and Stijn Brakkee

Designed by Neutelings Riedijk, the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision consists of five underground levels and five above ground levels. Below ground, the national archives of Dutch radio and television records are displayed. Above ground, nearly 250,000 visitors take in the media museum. The building's offices are located behind a large glass wall, which features the faces of Dutch media personalities who have won lifetime-achievement awards.

The building’s facade is a screen of colored, embossed glass that depicts famous images of Dutch television. The composition is made up of 2,244 glass panels designed by Jaap Drupsteen.