/2009

NEWS & OBSERVER: "Simplicity from Complexity"

By Adam Brakenbury

Inside the Lanning residence

Jodie and Todd Lanning had lived in the Lochmere neighborhood for several years and had come to consider the area their home. Their ranch-style house was near work, good schools and church, and they enjoyed the walking trails and wooded landscape. So when they decided to build a new home for their growing family, they knew they wanted to stay in the neighborhood.
Todd Lanning, a graphic designer, had visited a house by the design/build firm Tonic Design while it was under construction and decided on the spot that he wanted a home with a similar Modern style, open plan and natural light.
The Lannings first looked at existing houses in the neighborhood, thinking they might find something to renovate. However, nothing that was available at the time seemed as if it would accommodate the transformation they envisioned. Then they discovered a plot of land that was vacant and began talking with Vincent Petrarca, a family member and one of the partners of Tonic Design, about designing a new home for them. READ MORE…

2009-10-24T20:28:57+00:00October 24th, 2009|0 Comments

RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECT: "tonic design offers feasibility service to clients"

By Stephani Miller
Raleigh, N.C.-based design/build firm Tonic Design | Tonic Construction has developed a flat-fee service for its clients to help them understand the process and realities of building a home before they commit to moving forward with construction. The service, dubbed Tonic Express, helps clients determine the scope and financial feasibility of their home building project, for a fee of $3,000.
“Our goal is to get more people to use architects and not spend their cash out-of-pocket until they [secure] a loan with a bank,” says Vincent Petrarca, partner and general contractor at Tonic. “Ninety-eight percent of the public doesn’t use architects—I think it’s just because it’s so costly. What we did was streamline the process, so that people can have more options for using architects.” READ MORE…

2009-09-01T19:57:19+00:00September 1st, 2009|0 Comments

Raleigh’s Tonic Design | Tonic Construction with Mike Cindric are recipients of an Award of Merit from the Inform Awards.

June 25, 2009 (RALEIGH, NC) – Tonic Design | Tonic Construction with Mike Cindric are recipients of  a 2009 Inform Award of Merit for their Art As Shelter project. Two hundred and nine entries in interior design, landscape architecture, and object design from architects, interior designers, landscape architects, furniture designers, industrial designers, students, and faculty from all over the mid-atlantic region were evaluated according to four general questions: Is it an innovative solution to site or program? Does it demonstrate a high level of evident craftsmanship? Does it demonstrate a high level of conceptual rigor? Is it a unique intervention?
Designed and built specifically as an integral component of the North Carolina Museum of Art’s “art-in-service” initiative, “Art as Shelter” offers visitors a sheltered place to sit and reflect upon the museum sculpture park and public greenway. The pavilion can be viewed as an object in the landscape or experienced from within, framing views of the sculptures, trail and the adjacent prairie.
“It has an ephemeral quality as an object, but it also has a definite sense of space,” notes one juror. “Sometimes when you see a project, it just hits you — and this pavilion does that.”
Large interior clear spans promote the use as an open-air classroom, a beautiful indoor/outdoor setting for teaching about art and nature. Docent-led student groups utilize the space as a studio; where folding tables, folding stools, and art-making materials are stored in frosted-acrylic clad boxes that double as benches and night time illumination. The metallic “skin” of the pavilion reflects its natural surroundings by taking on the colors of the grass and sky, or at times completely disappearing into a moiré pattern of light and shadow.
Tonic Design and Tonic Construction have won several American Institute of Architect awards at the local, state and regional levels and have been featured in Dwell, Residential Architect, and Custom Home magazines. “Art as Shelter” has been featured in MetalMag Architecture and winner of an AIA award of merit and a Sir Walter Raleigh Award. For more information visit www.tonic-design.com.
Recently Tonic Construction has been named the preferred builder for the New American Home Development, which will feature the designs of 12 local architects. Information at: www.trianglemodernisthouses.com/nah.htm.

2009-06-25T00:13:18+00:00June 25th, 2009|0 Comments

Raleigh's Tonic Design + Tonic Construction with Mike Cindric Receive AIA Triangle Design Award

The sculptural pavilion


April 21, 2009 (RALEIGH, NC) – Tonic Design | Tonic Construction with Mike Cindric are recipients of  a 2009 AIA Triangle Award for their “Art As Shelter” project. The project was selected from a large pool of entries representing work from architectural firms throughout the Triangle region.
Designed and built specifically as an integral component of the North Carolina Museum of Art Park’s “art-in-service” projects program, “Art as Shelter” offers visitors a sheltered place to sit and reflect upon the museum sculpture park and public greenway. The pavilion can be viewed as an object in the landscape or experienced from within, framing views of the sculptures, trail and the adjacent prairie.
Large interior clear spans promote the use as an open-air classroom, a beautiful indoor/outdoor setting for teaching about art and nature. Docent-led student groups utilize the space as a studio; where folding tables, folding stools, and art-making materials are stored in frosted-acrylic clad boxes that double as benches and night time illumination. The metallic “skin” of the pavilion reflects its natural surroundings by taking on the colors of the grass and sky, or at times completely disappearing into a moiré pattern of light and shadow.
Tonic Design and Tonic Construction have won several American Institute of Architect awards at the local, state and regional levels and have been featured in Dwell, Residential Architect, and Custom Home magazines. Recently Tonic Construction has been named the preferred builder for the New American Home Development, which will feature the designs of twelve local architects. For more information visit www.tonic-design.com.

2009-04-21T00:06:01+00:00April 21st, 2009|0 Comments

Raleigh's Tonic Design + Gail Peter Borden Selected for Art On The Move

March 30, 2009 (RALEIGH, NC) – Tonic Design | Tonic Construction and Gail Peter Borden, AIA, have been selected by the Raleigh Arts Commission in collaboration with Capital Area Transit ( CAT) for the second annual Art On The Move bus wrap competition. As one of 12 finalists, their design will be applied to the side of a bus, which will circulate on city bus routes and promote the work of local artists and designers.
Tonic Design + Tonic Construction and Gail Peter Borden, a former architecture professor at the NC State College of Design, have collaborated on a design for the Art On The Move submission. Interested in both civic art and increasing public awareness of local transit systems within the city of Raleigh, the team was inspired to create a design that engages CAT riders and non-riders alike.
A representation of the inner workings of the bus, the design is a two-diimensional graphic that depicts a three-dimensional space. The viewer is able to see through the bus, revealing the “inside,” riders and machinery. An image that is otherwise hidden is now exposed for public view, contemplation and imagination.
A closer look reveals a graphic “Pixelation.” A vivid representation of an oak leaf becomes the medium for depicting the lively sketch of the bus riders and inner workings. Each line is composed of a collection of diversely orientated oak leaves. A symbol of the City of Raleigh becomes the heart of the design.
The Art-on–the-Move buses will be revealed on May 16th at Artsplosure, an arts festival in downtown Raleigh.
Tonic Design + Tonic Construction, a design/build firm, has won several American Institute of Architect awards at the local, state, and regional levels and has been featured in Dwell, Residential Architect, and Custom Home magazines. Recently Tonic Construction was named the preferred builder for the New American Home Development, which will feature homes by 12 local designers. For more information visit www.tonic-design.com

2009-03-30T23:54:26+00:00March 30th, 2009|0 Comments

Raleigh's Tonic Design and Tonic Construction and David Hill finalists for the International Gimme Shelter Competition

The Tonic/Hill “habitable wall.”


January 20, 2009 (RALEIGH, NC) — Tonic Design and Tonic Construction with NCSU College of Design professor David Hill have been selected as one of 12 finalists for GimmeShelter, an international design competition hosted by The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education.
Located in Philadelphia, PA, the Schuylkill Center is a 350-acre nature preserve and one of the first urban environmental education centers in the country. The goal of the competition is to build awareness of the applied possibilities and meaning of sustainability and its impact on our lives and our connection to the natural world.
The Tonic/Hill design was selected for the “habitable wall” concept, which incorporates nature in planning.  The angled walls allow native vines to grow; celebrating a native species, creating habitat for insects and birds, and absorbing rainwater.  The dragonflies and butterflies local to the area inspire qualities of tranquility, prospect, and refuge. An exhibit of 12 finalists’ designs will take place in February at the AIA Philadelphia in Center City Philadelphia. From the 12 finalists, six designs will be selected and built during March-April of 2009.
Tonic Design + Tonic Construction has won several American Institute of Architect awards at the local, state, and regional levels and have been featured in Dwell, Residential Architect, and Custom Home magazines. For more information visit www.tonic-design.com.

2009-01-20T23:44:51+00:00January 20th, 2009|0 Comments