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Reiko Igarashi Designs for Upscale B&B

Reiko Igarashi, interior design faculty, created custom wood hangers as part of the contemporary wood detailing in a luxury bed and breakfast on Fogo Island, featured in Canadian Architect and
USA Today.

Excerpt from an article by Michael Carroll in Canadian Architect, November 2013.

Although the Fogo Island Inn opened this summer, its design began seven years previous. That's when Todd Saunders, the Newfoundland-born architect based in Bergen, Norway was hired by Cobb and Shorefast to design a series of artists' studios, followed by the inn.

Both the Fogo Island artists' studios and the inn are highly invested in addressing issues of economic, cultural and environmental sustainability. It thus comes as no surprise that the design of the inn incorporates a variety of state-of-the-art environmental systems.

The Fogo Island Inn is framed in steel; however, the building both inside and out is an inventive demonstration of contemporary wood detailing. At the beginning of the project, there was a conscientious decision that all surfaces of the inn that could be touched by hand would be constructed from wood.

A roster of young designers, mostly from Europe, designed the furniture. Of particular note are the wooden pegs that line the walls of the guest rooms and support a range of items: a mirror, a bookshelf, laser-cut clothes hangers. The system was conceived by Glass Hill, a London-based firm also responsible for the design of the main reception desk, the bar and the dining room furniture. As part of an overall plan for the economic development of Fogo Island, the inn's furniture will be manufactured on the island and made available for purchase.

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Reiko Igarashi is a faculty member in the Department of Art & Interior Design. Read a Q&A with Reiko on the Marylhurst blog, describing her involvement in the Fogo Island Inn project.

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