When I was with Gibson Thompson Guess Architects, Reggie had the idea to do a spinning gyroscope-esque sign. This is what I came up with... Rick Avrett of Ole Charleston Forge did the fabrication. Go watch it spin at the corner of Eastbay and Cumberland St. in Charleston SC.
The Owners of this house wanted to increase the visual connection between the kitchen and living room. A wall with a large cased opening separated the rooms and bifurcated an interesting pair of corner fireplaces. The wall was removed and they asked me to help detail the new fireplace surrounds with a more modern take on a mantle.
Ultimately, the design was not used as I encouraged them to expose the handsome brick work and leave the fireplace as an artifact anchoring the two rooms. The Owners have very good taste and had considered the option but were hesitant. In the end, a very small amount of design work made a large impact on the house.
This is a conceptual sketch of the interior renovation for Saffron on Eastbay St., Charleston. The exterior renovation is complete, (except landscaping). A total interior remodel will begin after Spoleto with a grand re-opening in August. Work includes a new dining room, buffet, bathroom renovation, espresso bar and pastry display.
Design drawings are complete for bidding on The Pit Stop Deli - 84 Society St next to Muse in Charleston. This should open in August. The Owner is a NASCAR fan and charged me with designing the interior with a garage aesthetic and vintage NASCAR memorabilia. I think we are going to pull it off nicely without going over the top...
This is a pretty silly article but I was featured as one of several local architects in an article about Architects and Their Eyewear. At least it featured two of my favorite projects.
It should be noted that the quotes are botched and I did not solely design either project. Both were completed while employed by Reggie Gibson Architect. Reggie was involved in both projects and The Day Residence was also worked on by David Obuchowski who was the project manager for that job.
Louis's Las Vegas restaurant was one of two restaurants we, (Gibson Thompson Guess), designed for Louis Osteen in Las Vegas in 2007. It was an incredible opportunity to work with South Carolina Craftspeople and show their skills in a big time, fine dining, setting. Louis Osteen and Reggie Gibson are native South Carolinians, (Anderson to be exact) so this restaurant was a show case of cultural traditions and material resources unique to South Carolina. The pallet was simple; cypress, cotton, blue glass and kudzu.
Items were designed and crafted in collaboration with Bob Hines, Nancy Basket, Franz Baichl, Graham Gault, David and Robben Richards. Katie Johnston from GTG was a huge help. I was responsible for detailed construction drawings, FFE coordination and Construction Administration which meant 8 trips to Las Vegas in one year. We also partnered with LV architect Troy Moser. Gillett Construction was the contractor.
Charleston artist and crafts person Bob Hines along with his R Squared crew are featured exhibitors at the Dwell Magazine Convention. - (www.dwellondesign.com). Bob and his guys have collaborated with me for many jobs in the past through Reggie Gibson. This is a glass awning he and I cooked up for Fish Restaurant on King St.
For the "creek house" featured in Garden & Gun Magazine this month, we centered the main living space around a heavy brick fireplace recalling a fire place the Owner remembered his grandfather had. To play against the weight of the fireplace, I designed a very light steel mantle that "folded" into a wood box and supported the cantilevered end of a bar top. Rick Avrett of Ole Charleston Forge did the metal work.
Rita's is a great casual beach bar and grill that I designed last year while with Gibson Thompson Guess Architect's. I just finished a new patio roof - pictures to follow. If you are a Folly Beach regular - this should be your spot.
I am proud to be, at a minimum, the 3rd generation of Thompson men involved in construction. My grandfather was a master carpenter and house builder. My father has worked in construction management, civil engineering and land development. Great picture of my grandfather in the dark blue overalls.
The renovation of Saffron is one of my last open ended projects from the partnership of Gibson Thompson Guess Architects. The cafe has been open for 23 years without a renovation. The exterior work is almost complete thanks to General Contractor Mike Taylor. Interior renovations will begin after Spoleto.
Here is a photo of the near complete work with the new bocce court in the foreground. Plants will be installed on May 21.
Here is a link to a great article about I project I worked on while with Gibson Thompson Guess Architects. The design and re-design work took years but it was well worth it. The project is essentially a screened pavilion for socializing but it carries much greater material and cultural meaning. The structure is designed to highlight and protect the ruins of an old cook house. The materials and detailing are an example of the craft and skill of the entire team.
I have launched this blog as a companion to the website www.dthompsonarchitect.com. For that web site to come to fruition, it will take time and money - which will come - but this give me instant web visibility. Once the site, which is being designed and engineered by Fuzzco, is up and running, I will continue this blog as a more informal account of day to day activity of the practice. It may be interesting to clients and colleagues.
David Thompson Architect, LLC practices in Charleston South Carolina. My experience and expertise include the design of restaurants, residences, institutional and commercial structures with an attention to detail and craft. It is my firm belief that no project scope is too small to find an opportunity for excellent design.
David Thompson is the Director of Learning By Design South Carolina, LBD:SC.