- Jul 8, 2013
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Founded in 1991 by Rob Nicolucci in his home office, RN Design Ltd. evolved into an award winning design firm that specializes in servicing the residential development industry. Today the firm employs 56 persons and is located at 8395 Jane street in Vaughan, ON.
We spoke with Maria Logozzo one of the designers at the firm that works very closely with Mosaik homes. Here is a summary of our chat.
Q: Tell us about RN Design?
RN Design is a firm of young and innovative designer which aspire to create trend setting exterior and interior home designs for families across Canada.
Q: What makes your designs stand out?
When designing I incorporate unique style and functional needs focused on how families live.When designing each room I envision how a family would live and use the room i.e. hobby/ homework room of a kitchen so that a family can prepare dinner while the kids do their homework together.Modern Architecture which is the term used to describe the simplified, unornamented building styles. These styles are also known as International Style, Neue Sachlichkeit or New Objectivity, and Functionalism. They developed as a reaction to the design excesses of the Victorian and the Edwardian period. A few of the Characteristics of modern architecture are:
- lack of ornaments
- Low Horizontal massing and flat roofs
- emphasis on rectangular forms and horizontal planes and broad roof
- Use of modern materials and systems
- Generous use of glass and natural light
- Emphasis on open flowing interior spaces
- Use of traditional materials in new ways
Q. What are a few architectural landmarks that take your breath away and inspire you?
- La Sagrada Familia
1.La Sagrada Familia by Antoni Gaudi (he is my favorite architect) Gaudi was a Spanish architect whose most famous work-La Sagrada Familia is in Barcelona and has been under construction since 1882 and is not expected to be completed for between 30 to 80 years. The architectural style of Sagrada Familia has been called “warped Gothic,” The rippling contours of the stone facade make it look as though Sagrada Familia is melting in the sun, while the towers are topped with brightly-colored mosaics which look like bowls of fruit. Gaudi believed that color is life, and, knowing that he would not live to see completion of his masterpiece, left colored drawings of his vision for future architects to follow.
2. Falling Water by Frank Lloyd Wright is a home he designed that was built partly over a waterfall in rural Pennsylvania in 1935. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1966 and is listed among Smithsonian’s Life List of 28 places “to visit before you die.
3. Sydney Opera House by Jorn Utzon It is a multi venue performing arts Centre in New South Wales Australia built conceived and largely built by Danish architect Jorn Utzon opening in 1973 after a long gestation that began with his competition-winning design in 1957. It is one of the 20th century’s most distinctive buildings and one of the most famous performing arts centres in the world.
Q: Can you share an architectural fun fact with us
Here is an architecture fun fact that: The Great Wall of China is the only manmade structure visible from space
Q: What are your top 3 favorite spots in Vaughan?
1. Old Kleinburg
Kleinburg has a historic commercial district containing many heritage buildings over 200 years old and new modern developments with mixed residential and commercial uses. Local attractions include McMichael Art Gallery, Kortright Centre, Humber River Trails & Bindertwine Park, Copper Creek Golf Course, and The Doctor’s House.
2. Motorino Restaurant A cozy Italian restaurant and popular dining destination for the residents of Vaughn, thanks to its enthusiastic staff and authentic European cuisine.
Beyond the signature fieldstone gates, you will find outdoor art, four floors of gallery and program space, including the Library and Archives, and the Gallery Shop – all surrounded by 100 acres of beautiful conservation land which you can explore through a network of paths and trails.
Q: Can you give our fans a home design tip?
Rooms that you would like to have a great deal of natural light i.e. Family Rooms, Breakfast Areas should face north. They will receive the most sunlight.
The more natural light you have in your house, the less lights you have to turn on, and the less electricity you use. One of the best reasons to design your home for natural light involves the health benefits gained through exposure to natural light.
• Sunlight increases the level of endorphins and serotonin in your brain, which will leave you feeling much better.
• Increased exposure to sunlight can be effective against insomnia, premenstrual syndrome and seasonal affective disorder.