North Arrow is a design studio that specializes in cultural and residential projects across a broad spectrum of scales and services. Cultural projects are finely considered to clearly express the point of view at hand, be it a curatorial thesis of an exhibition, an institutional or civic identity, or an individual’s personal collection. Our residential work is inspired not only by the location and existing qualities of the site, but on the understanding that a home is an essential point from which a life is anchored, orientated, and lived.
Creative and positive, we approach each project with a hands on process – from attentive listening, extensive research, sketching/model making, prototyping, to design and working drawings. The limitations and conditions particular to each project are shaped to unexpected benefit. Original ideas result in clear manifestations; they are always materially expressive and experientially rich.
The studio grows from and is supported by its valued collaborations with other professionals, artists and craftspeople. Our integrated approach between client, designer, and builder ensures that projects are refined, thoughtful, and complete.
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Unique in its approach, North Arrow is a true design & build firm managing projects from conception, program development and fabrication to finished installation. Before any design begins, research is paramount! We work hard to fully comprehend the many factors that define a project . The functional and ephemeral expectations of the stakeholders, and the context of the built environment. Check out our Instagram slide show below to see what we are up down the street and around the corner.
in the home
INTERIOR DESIGN - LANDSCAPE DESIGN - PROJECT MANAGEMENT - CARPENTRY - Our residential work is inspired not only by the location and existing qualities of the site, but on the understanding that a home is an essential place from which a life is anchored, oriented, and lived.
RESEARCH - ENGAGEMENT - INTERACTION - EDUCATION - RECOGNITION WALLS - ENVIRONMENTAL GRAPHICS - PUBLIC ART - We create unexpected, site specific installations and environmental graphics. Original ideas result in clear manifestations; they are always materially expressive and experientially rich. The direction and production of environmental graphics reflect, support & promote brand identity through strong graphic integration into the built environment.