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Deborah Berke Partners Designs New Test Kitchen for ChopChop Magazine

March 22, 2017

ChopChop, a non-profit magazine dedicated to educating children and families about health and nutrition through cooking, celebrated the opening of their new test kitchen designed by Deborah Berke Partners. The space will be used for recipe testing, photo shoots, and small cooking classes for children and parents, and will consolidates the magazine’s editorial operations in one location. The design of the kitchen incorporates two cooktops and several different work surfaces for varied photographic backdrops. “The new kitchen is clean, simple, and elegant—nothing clashes with it,” said Sally Sampson, the founder and editor of ChopChop. “The magazine’s aesthetic is colorful, so this space is the ideal canvas for us. It’s like the perfect little black dress.”

For this pro-bono project, Deborah Berke Partners solicited donations from many manufacturers and suppliers, including Accuserve Lighting, Bosch, Cosentino, Nemo Tile, Porcelanosa, and Signature Floors. We are so grateful for their contributions to the project and support for ChopChop and its mission. “When I heard that they were raising money in hopes of building a test kitchen, I called Sally and told her, ‘We believe in what you’re doing, so we’re going to design your kitchen for free,’” said Stephen Brockman, senior principal at Deborah Berke Partners and the project’s lead designer with partner Deborah Berke.

For the opening party, Deborah Berke Partners designed an “Architecture Fun Sheet” with coloring book drawings and word games to teach children about architecture and construction.

(Tony Cenicola/The New York Times)

March 21, 2017

Deborah Berke discussed her art collection with writer Ted Loos in a recent piece in the New York Times. She described her attachment to various pieces in her New Haven apartment, including works by Gregory Crewdson, Paolo Soleri, Robert Venturi, and William Wegman. “All these pieces have meaning, and they greet me when I come in,” she said. Deborah collaborated on the design of the apartment with senior principal .

The Times also profiled the eight locations of the 21c Museum Hotels in “Come for the Guest Rooms. Stay for the Galleries.” Working with our remarkable clients, Steve Wilson and Laura Lee Brown, Deborah Berke Partners designed all these unique properties to balance hospitality, leisure, and culture with spaces that are infused with contemporary art. “Each successive museum-hotel project has followed a loose template established by the prototype here [in Louisville]: adapting a historic structure into a midsize state-of-the-art hotel with constantly accessible gallery space. The New York architectural firm Deborah Berke Partners has adapted the brand’s evolving concept to historic hotels, Beaux-Arts bank buildings, warehouses and a 100-year-old Ford Motor Company plant.” Deborah leads the design of all the 21c projects with senior principal and principal .

Cummins Indy Project Wins AIANY Design Award

March 13, 2017

We’re honored to announce that our recently completed has received a 2017 Design Award from the AIA’s New York Chapter. The project was one of over 370 projects submitted for consideration. The building activates a key streetscape in downtown Indianapolis with its narrow, sculpted form that provides abundant views and generous natural light for employees within. The finely calibrated façade of clear and opaque glass, with vertical and horizontal shading, reduces energy loads and glare; the new park provides an urban green space for the public.

To complete design and construction of this innovative, expansive project in the remarkably short time of only 28 months, we called on the talent and expertise of partners and , who led the project; Principal served as project manager; Principals and respectively designed the exterior and interior architecture; and Senior Principal focused on the interior design. The fantastic team of collaborating firms includes Architect of Record RATIO Architects and Landscape Architect DAVID RUBIN Land Collective.

We were lucky to have found in Cummins an exceptional client who is committed to architectural design, as well as the civic life of downtown Indianapolis.