The lobby reception wall at the bOcean hotel in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida was inspired by blades of seaweed moving in the ocean. The hotel has a storied history with the “mermaid show” featured at the lobby bar, from where the upstairs pool is visible.
The surface was developed allowing panel seams to follow the contours of the pattern, and to ensure wood-to-wood seams would be vertical in the final installation, rendering the entire wall a seamless appearance. These final appearance considerations required custom butcher-block slabs for each of the 21 tiles composing the full surface.
Glade Holiday Boutique Pop-Up
Nodus partnered with GOTO Design to design and build a featured segment of Glade’s Pop-Up in the Meatpacking District of New York City. The environment provided a multi-sensory, immersive and interactive experience for shoppers – inspired by and infused with fragrance.
Nodus was tasked with fabrication and installation of the feature wall, comprised of 1600 candles organized into an abstract portrait as an overall composition. The wall itself was a double compound curve, bending both in plan and section.
For the accelerated schedule and tight deadline of the pop-up, Nodus developed a wall structure integrating a friction-fit candle holding strategy allowing each candle to be set into place by hand pressure. Each row of candles changed direction, with the oval-shaped openings in the wall correctly orienting each individual candle.
Rockaway Beach neighborhood icon Thai Rock was virtually demolished by Hurricane Sandy. Over multiple project phases, Nodus is helping restore and improve the restaurant’s outdoor area, including railings and wall art, with facade elements and custom furnishing on the second floor in future phases.
Nodus designed and fabricated several new features for the formerly underused deck area, replacing a dated and sun-bleached mural with a custom contoured relief of a reclining Buddha spanning 30'. Nodus also developed and fabricated the custom railings encircling the deck.
Etsy Square Readers
For the release of the Sell on Etsy smartphone app, the online marketplace asked Nodus to fabricate packaging for its custom credit card reader, totalling 26,000 units at tight tolerance (0.005”).
All parts are batch milled with checks every 150 units to ensure quality control over production run. Slot for business card is cut with custom 1/32” table saw blade, then each piece is hand sanded and packaged.
For two Michelin star chef and restaurateur Daniel Boulud, Nodus was contracted by GOTO Design to fabricate two plates - titled Buerre and P4. Beurre features Truffle Butter, a signature of restaurant Daniel, while the P4 dish features various sweets depending on season and menu.
From design sketches, Nodus interpreted and developed fabrication-ready models. The dishes are two-sided milled Corian, hand-sanded and polished to a soft satin finish.
Dwana Smallwood Performing Arts Center
For the Dwana Smallwood Performing Arts Center between the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Bushwick and Bedford-Stuyvesant, Nodus worked with architects at JPDA to develop a surface relief for the facade and interior echoing the rhythmic quality of a dance gesture rippling out, impacting its surroundings.
For the interior reception area, Nodus milled solid fiberboard panels tightly coordinated with the surrounding millwork for seamless integration. On the exterior facade, custom-cast, glass fiber-reinforced concrete panels provide graphic identity for the dance center, and continuity between exterior and interior.
For interior panels, Nodus prepared fabrication models, and surface milled fiberboard directly. For exterior panels, concrete forms were developed through an analogous process, then cast by hand.
Design: Hines Fischer/ Fabrication: Nodus
ICFF STUDIO COMPETITION, USA, JUNE 2015
Inspired by watching drips run off the rim of a paint can, ‘Minun’ is a playful yet dramatic approach to the typical wooden stool. This piece was designed for and selected as one of the winners of the ICFF Studio competition which gives young designers a platform to show their work.
Despite its swooping curves, Minun is much easier to manufacture than it appears. Each part is flipped-milled from a single block of wood as well. Nodus developed a working fabrication set of digital files that were then coded to develop the digital fabrication workflow to allow for each part to be made. The post milling process included hand finishing and assembly with the introduction of a polished metal ring to finish the design.
DESIGN BY: Terence Koh/ FABRICATION: Nodus
Gallery: Andrew Edlin Gallery SOHO
Known for his atmospheric and severe installations, Terence Koh’s work has roots in performance art and mysticism. According to writer Agustín Pérez Rubio, “Koh’s creativity is not about the construction of a character. Rather, it is an act of political or social relevance with an ever-growing collective consciousness.”
In 2014, Koh moved from New York City to an isolated location Upstate in order to immerse himself in Nature. In 2015, the artist built his first bee chapel in the forest on his land, and began a series of collages using beeswax, organic materials and found images, including postcards and stamps from foreign countries and politically charged photographs.
For the exhibition, Koh will transform the gallery into a “Living Garden of Eden,” creating distinct spaces named after the seven days of the week. The floors will be covered with topsoil, and the gallery powered by solar panels, creating an atmospheric space that is tranquil, theatrical and political. Other elements include a living apple tree, beeswax sculptures and collages, a sound recording of two black holes colliding a billion light years away, and the bee chapel itself.
Built as a sanctuary for bees, the chapel will connect to the outside via an acrylic tube, allowing them to pollinate and return.