DESIGN ADVICE

DESIGN ADVICE

Wicker is enjoying a little revival these days, and we couldn't be happier.  With its earthy, handcrafted texture, organic forms and its natural vibe, there's a lot to love. 

CONVERSATIONS

CONVERSATIONS

This time of the year our Broker in Charge, Connie Semans can often be found on the porch at the back of Parker & Otis. Over lattes at her favorite spot, we discovered a few things we never knew and realized Connie’s love for all things music related.

SHOP LOVE

SHOP LOVE

Bekah Bohlen had always dreamed of owning a shop and producing her own line of stationery, but with her husband finishing up his Ph.D — and a possible move in the not-so-distant future — it seemed impractical to think about putting down roots. That’s when the idea of a tiny, mobile shop came to her. “I loved the idea of having a space to test out new products, get direct customer feedback and support other small brands like my own,” Bekah shares. And with a moveable shop, she didn’t have to worry about where she and her husband ended up.

ARCHITECTURE 101

ARCHITECTURE 101

From 1919-1933 this dynamic German school changed art education throughout the world forever. That’s a pretty bold statement, we know, but it happens to be the total truth. Founded by Walter Gropius after his close encounter with the afterlife in a chimney shaft during World War I, the ultimate goal of the school was to epitomize Architecture. From his manifesto illustration to his hiring choices and even the name of the school and its workshops, Walter Gropius sought to create a 20th century cohesion between traditional craft and new age technology.

DESIGN ADVICE

DESIGN ADVICE

They say “plants make people happy” and we couldn’t agree more! Not only do green leaves cheer up virtually any space visually, they also contribute to indoor air quality and add an extra layer of texture to your interior.

FURNITURE 101

FURNITURE 101

Initially designed for the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, Arne Jacobsen’s “Swan Chair” has become synonymous with Modernist interior design. Maybe you’ve spun around in one of these at NCSU’s Hunt Library or in the lobby of the NC Museum of Art, but did you know that spinning mechanism was intentionally designed to enable you to interact with the space, people, and architecture around you?

CONVERSATIONS

CONVERSATIONS

Of all the local breweries that have popped up over the last few years in the Triangle, Ponysaurus is one of our favorites. With fantastic snacks (we chose a roll of Thin Mints for the evening), ample seating in a great location close to Downtown, a nightly food truck, and of course fantastic beer, we met up with Alison Domnas and one of 2018’s newest additions to the RED team, Jimmy Keegan. Our Susan Ungerleider and Samantha Greaves came along for the ride and the Biere de Garde too.

FULL FRAME FILM FESTIVAL

FULL FRAME FILM FESTIVAL

Chloë and husband, artist and educator Harrison Haynes, have been consistent supporters of Durham’s Full Frame Documentary Film Festival for several years now. Full Frame’s annual international event brings together filmmakers and viewers to our historic downtown area and features almost 100 films in addition to discussions and panels open to both those involved in the film industry as well as the public.

NEIGHBORHOOD PROFILE

NEIGHBORHOOD PROFILE

Sweet Boylan Heights, a historic Raleigh neighborhood positioned on the skirts of Downtown Raleigh.

HOUSE TOUR

HOUSE TOUR

Nestled within the spacious basement of a 50’s ranch lives & works Alva, the practical implementer of our marketing goals. Alongside the fat cat Allouiscious, her home is an eclectic hodgepodge of items that inspire her work: from WW2 related poster/propaganda art to exotic orchids, inherited furniture, thrift-store textiles and two-toned ceramics from her favorite local potter.

MAKER MOMENTS

MAKER MOMENTS

When you think of what a custom carpentry workshop looks like, we promise you you’re picturing Eidolon. A timber filled studio heated by a vintage wood stove, with saw blades and antique tools cascading the walls alongside vintage metal filing cabinets full of stains, sealers, and decades of inspiration. On any given day you’re likely to find owners Mike Parker and Ann Cowperthwaite discussing a new project over Ann’s famous ginger-carrot soup.

ARCHITECTURE 101

ARCHITECTURE 101

Not a trained architect in the sense that we now consider, Charles-Edouard Jeanneret (known later as “Le Corbusier”) was highly critical of the field in which he practiced saying: “there is one profession and only one, namely architecture, in which progress is not considered necessary, where laziness is enthroned, and in which the reference is always to yesterday”.

SHOP LOVE

SHOP LOVE

Stepping into the cozy, neutral hued store with raw wooden display tables and cabinets, draped with hammered rose gold encircled Colombian Emeralds, or red and green Tourmaline, even Amethyst and Australian Opals, you get the sense that magic is happening.

NEIGHBORHOOD PROFILE

NEIGHBORHOOD PROFILE

Nestled between downtown Durham & Chapel Hill, Rockwood, is one of Durham’s richest food communities. Cosy homes abound and here you're close enough to bike to the Durham Bulls ballpark or take a stroll to some of Bull City’s best food opportunities, here are several of our top picks:

RED'S SPRING ART AGENDA

RED'S SPRING ART AGENDA

The RED members have come together and made our collective Springtime Art Agenda devoted to all things visual art! And don’t worry, we’ll share our performance must-see list soon. So here goes our roundup for not-to-be-missed upcoming visual exhibitions and showcases happening between March and July around the Triangle! Let us know which one(s) you’ll be joining too…

CONVERSATIONS

CONVERSATIONS

Born and raised in Durham (yes, you read that right – hard to believe, yeah?) Susan is one of the founding partners of RED Collective.

FURNITURE 101

FURNITURE 101

Iconic? Yes. Comfy? No. Not even remotely. Unlike so many other chairs designed in the early Modernist period (from Breuer’s “Cesca” to Jacobsen’s “Swan”) Gerrit Rietveld’s “Red & Blue Chair” is one of the least relaxing chairs you’ll ever sit in. Designed in 1917 and originally meant to be left unstained, the De Stijl movement influenced Rietveld’s later color choice of primary colors. Purpose built for mass production, it never caught on so while we’ve sat in a replica, the originals can only be seen in a handful of collections such as the Brooklyn Museum, the MOMA and at Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts. Rietveld, however, was one of many European designers whose work as a whole is often underappreciated. He championed social housing solutions throughout Northern Europe and was experimenting with innovative building materials like reinforced concrete long before most of his contemporaries.

DESIGN ADVICE

DESIGN ADVICE

In the last couple of years, black paint has become a trend in both interiors & exteriors. But while black is bold and daring and we DO encourage you to use it, here are a few tips to keep from going overboard:

MAKER MOMENTS

MAKER MOMENTS

We couldn’t think of a better, more inspiring, place to live than the Triangle. Here we’re afforded access to incredible art resources – increasingly comparable to other Metropolitan areas – but in Durham & Raleigh, the abundantly creative class turns out to be your next-door neighbor.

NEIGHBORHOOD PROFILE

NEIGHBORHOOD PROFILE

Raleigh’s Historic Oakwood neighborhood, located just steps away from the Governor's residence, boasts a collective array of architectural styles from mid-victorian vernacular, neoclassical revival, craftsman, and even a few recent (& contentious) moderns.