Olive Way Starbucks

October 26, 2010 § 9 Comments

Last week I photographed the newly remodeled Olive Way Starbucks store the weekend before it’s grand opening/unveiling to the public.

Front exterior of Starbucks Olive Way Store

There has been a lot of buzz around this store for a number of reasons but primarily because it represents a major new direction for Starbucks. While both “inspired by Starbucks” stores in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood have been serving beer and wine for almost a year, The Olive Way store will be the first branded Starbucks store to serve beer and wine (after 4pm). « Read the rest of this entry »


Starbucks Queen Anne Remodel

September 14, 2010 § Leave a comment

Here are a few final images from my most recent all-night interior photo shoot of the newly renovated Starbucks coffee store at the top of Queen Anne hill in Seattle…. « Read the rest of this entry »

Behind the Scenes: Starbucks

August 30, 2010 § Leave a comment

A behind-the-scenes iPhone shot taken at a recent interior photo shoot for Starbucks.

I’m leaning a little heavy on the table as this was probably taken around 3am on the home stretch of an all nighter – shooting from 10pm till 5am. Much thanks to Tobi The Designer for sticking it out with us for the whole shoot and John Galfano for the fabulous assisting.

Dining Table for Sutherland

August 2, 2010 § Leave a comment

Photographed a gorgeous custom dining table this week for Sutherland on location at Interior Environments headquarters here in Seattle. Interior Environments does some of the best custom cabinets, furniture, and architectural millwork around. The table is a beautiful pairing of steel and wood and with extension leaves is almost eight feet long and weighs 700lbs! To give you a sense of scale, the seamless backdrop is 12 feet wide.

Shooting a piece like this on location outside of a studio definitely poses some unique lighting challenges but I think the shots turned out very well.

With the extension leaves attached:

New Sutherland Catalog 2010

June 25, 2010 § Leave a comment

The new 2010 Sutherland Furniture Catalog has arrived, hot off the presses and features a number of images that I have shot for them over the years.

I enjoyed flipping through this catalog in particular because there are a number of images (some taken more than three years ago) that I have never really seen in print.

The shot above of Philippe Starck intensely scrutinizing a prototype design was taken in 2007. I had the pleasure of documenting (on three occasions over the course of a year) his collaboration with David Sutherland as they produced his “Robinwood Deluxe” collection for Sutherland. It was a fascinating experience as Starck is a revered figure in the design world and has to be one of the most interesting and energetic persons I have ever met.

He also has the smoothest, coolest French accent ever: Philippe Starck TED Talk

Some more images from the catalog:

Starbucks wins A.R.E. Award

March 23, 2010 § Leave a comment

15th Avenue Coffee & Tea

Just announced this month: Starbucks has won two 2010 Design Awards from the Association for Retail Environments. Starbucks was awarded the Grand Prize in the specialty food retailer category for it’s two new coffee stores, Roy Street Coffee and Tea, and 15th Avenue Coffee and Tea. I had the pleasure of photographing both stores earlier this year.

The Roy Street Coffee and Tea store also won a Sustainability Specialty Award for creative use of reused materials.

Congrats to the whole gang at Starbucks Global Design. You can check out some of the photos by yours truly as well as the other winners on the A.R.E. site.

Inspired by Starbucks

January 20, 2010 § 4 Comments

Earlier this month I had the pleasure of photographing three new stores for the Starbucks global design group. In addition to a newer remodel of an already established Starbucks store in downtown Seattle, the other two stores were completely new, designed to look and act and feel more like a neighborhood coffee house. In addition to a new look, the stores serve beer, wine, tea and drip coffees are made to order by the brewing method of your choosing (I don’t drink much coffee so it’s all Greek to me). In fact, the new stores are not called “Starbucks” but rather named after the area they are located in. The only way to tell who owns them is to notice on the sign that they are “inspired by Starbucks.”

Since I am not much of a coffee drinker, what really interested me was the interior design of the two new stores. And it’s pretty impressive. Continue reading…

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