When David Oakey Designs was ready to move out of rental space in an old Coca-Cola bottling plant, David knew he wanted something that would be a tangible expression of his company’s sustainable, natural design principles.
The result was Pond Studios, designed by architect Elva Rubio.
There was a time when the word “urban” conjured up images of decay, burnt-out buildings, overpopulation and empty lots teeming with scrap metal, old tires and broken down cars. For most non-city dwellers, urban areas meant concrete jungles, whose inhabitants were overworked, overstressed and living at a hectic, frenetic pace. Even for city dwellers, the only way to get relief from this stress-inducing environment was to head to the suburbs or even the country.
‘So we said, ‘Let’s be inspired by nature’. You never go out to the country or the park and say, ‘That’s an ugly green!’ Everybody accepts nature. It does us good. So, with this in mind, we designed Urban Retreat – and it was successful all over the world.Mix Interiors
Freelance designer David Oakey will be the keynote speaker for the 28th annual Grisham-Trentham Lecture Series at Auburn University on Wednesday, Jan. 28. The public lecture is at 10 a.m. in the auditorium at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.Auburn University