Category Archives: Interviews

For architect Celia Imrey, the new Edgartown Library feels like home

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Space Kit principal Celia Imrey was interviewed by The Martha’s Vineyard Times about her new project, the Edgartown Public Library. Celia fondly discusses her relationship with the island, and how the community has informed the library’s design and sense of place.

“The building acts like kind of like a leather-bound book. There’s these strong brick ends, and ten there’s a soft spot that opens up with the window walls that are transparent. That’s where people will be able to communicate from the inside to the outside,” Ms Imrey said.

Click here to read the rest of the interview.

What Our Clients Say

We have had the pleasure of working with incredible clients, and they love to share feedback about working with the Space Kit team. We have a worked on a wide range of projects from a law firm to a full gut renovations and kitchen design.

 Here is what our clients say: 

“The Design Kit transforms the chaos of client wishes into a parade of facts. From ideas to actuality, Space Kit effectively reshapes Renovation Costing, presenting a Project signed off, filed and delivered with a start date……..for a fixed fee! Simply brilliant.”

-Tom, General Contractor

“Working with Space Kit has made the chaotic and unpredictable experience of NYC apartment renovation so peaceful, understandable, and enjoyable. Everything from the brilliant designs to the project management services is performed at the highest level with attention to the smallest detail. We couldn’t be happier with how Space Kit transformed our fragmented co-op apartment into a fluid, unified environment.”

 – Jacob, Client

 

“We knew this place had potential when we bought it, but we had no idea how the floor plan could work. It was so dysfunctional and had never been renovated. We never lived in the space, so we learned about it through the design process: walking through with Celia and asking questions we would have never had thought about. We are so excited to finally live here.”

 –Danielle, Client

 

“It’s like renting a high end architect for a day.”

–Dana, Client

 

” I valued their insight into how you design a living space. Celia was able to create a space that accommodates my interests, my work and my desire to entertain.”

– Peter, Client

 

“The comprehensive Space Kit package goes beyond what you would find from a typical architect.  We found the suggestions were relevant and very functional for our situation.”

 – Angelo, Client

 

“Working with Celia and Frank was a true pleasure.  The Space Kit workbook they prepared helped me completely re-think my space.  Their knowledge and guidance was invaluable.  Before working with them I had no clue where to start.  All I knew was that my office wasn’t comfortable.  Now with their help I have an action plan on how to transform my office into a healthy and productive space.”  

– Alexis, Client

 

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Improving our Homes for Eczema Children – Minimizing Indoor Allergens (Mold and Cockroach)

 

We are so excited to share Part II of the Eczema Blues special expert interview with Space Kit co-Founder Celia Imrey about Minimizing Indoor Allergens. Even if you don’t suffer from these environmentally-related health conditions, there is a lot of interesting information which will help you keep your home a healthy space free of toxins, mold, and critters.  Space Kit will always take these factors into the holistic planning of a home.

Thank you again to Marcei Mei for sharing the interview with your loyal readers about how to turn blues to bliss!

Here is an excerpt from the Interview, and click here to read the rest!

Cockroach, more precisely the allergens found in their droppings, saliva and bodies, is another common indoor allergen. From the AAFA website, it is mentioned that When one roach is seen in the basement or kitchen, it is safe to assume that at least 800 roaches are hidden under the kitchen sink, in closets and the like’. Cockroaches thrive in warm and humid environment, and they feed on our food (thrash, scraps, starch) and water. The particle sizes of cockroach allergen are large and tend to settle on surfaces. They not only worsen allergic conditions, but carry bacteria.  Symptoms or conditions of allergy to cockroach may be itchy eyes, itchy skin, eczema rashes, nasal congestion, asthma and allergic rhinitis. Minimizing the growth of cockroach can be done by observing hygiene and minimizing their food source, water and shelter.

In a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, of the children in the study, “36.8 percent were allergic to cockroach allergen, 34.9 percent to dust-mite allergen, and 22.7 percent to cat allergen. Among the children’s bedrooms, 50.2 percent had high levels of cockroach allergen in dust, 9.7 percent had high levels of dust-mite allergen, and 12.6 percent had high levels of cat allergen”.

MarcieMom: I understand that cockroaches hide outside the home, what are the possible areas in our home to ‘seal off’ cockroaches?

Celia: Sealing the hole around the steam pipe and sealing the hole around all plumbing and electrical pipes. Also, you can utilize drain covers to prevent critters from entering up into your home through showers and sinks.

 

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Improving our Homes for Eczema Children – Minimizing Indoor Allergens (House Dust Mites)

Mei of the blog Eczema Blues interviewed Space Kit Co-Founder Celia Imrey about how to design a home which maximizes health through the consideration of issues such as humidity, air circulation, temperature control, and selection of materials in design. Mei’s wonderful blog is full of great advice for families dealing with environmental related health conditions, so we are happy to contribute helpful information for making healthy spaces. Below is an excerpt from Part One of the Guest Series with Celia, click here to read the full entry.

Marcie Mom: Let’s suppose we are not changing where we live, but able to change our room layout and materials we use (i.e. major renovation): Do the materials which we use for our floor, and for our walls, make a difference? For instance, will certain wall materials or paint or finishes increase the surfaces for dust mites to live while others make it more difficult for them to thrive?

Celia: At Space Kit, we recommend using natural materials where possible, especially for carpets. Dust mites take refuge in carpets, but can’t live on hard surfaces like wood floors or plastic. Wherever you have carpets or rugs, use wool. The natural lanolin in wood repels dust mites. Paint does not affect dust mites that we know.

The Five Elements of Sustainable Design – Interview on ArtSpace.com

Space Kit co-founders Celia Imrey and Sharon Davis have partnered with Artspace.com, and have curated an online gallery using the Five Elements of Sustainable Design.  The physical architecture of your apartment (walls, floors, fixtures, lighting, etc.) can be grouped into five elements: AIR, LIGHT, POWER, WATER and MATTER. These elements, when considered individually, help to define goals for a healthy physical living environment.

See the exhibit & read the full interview here.

Featured works include pieces by Cy Twombly, Gerhard Richter, Amanda Means, Kim Beck, Aditi Singh, Isca Greenfield-Sanders, Ursula Von Rydingsvard, Vik Muniz, Louise Lawler, Donald Baechler, Bruno Barbey, Mike and Doug Starn, Matt Mullican, Robert Rauschenberg, and Bastienne Schmidt.