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New 3,500 Square Foot Summer Residence in Orient Point, NY

Carl Daguillard, founder and president of Stellae International Inc., a luxury fashion logistics company bought the 4000 square foot summer home in 1995. Since that time Mr. Daguillard, who is Haitian-American, has fantasized about the home's potential to become the architectural playground that he has alwaysdreamed of.

In 2012, Mr. Daguillard met Azin Valy and Suzan Wines of I-Beam Design, an award winning women-owned architecture and design firm based in NY. The relationship between Client and Architect soon blossomed as they came to discover multiple shared interests and, of course, a common passion for 'great design'. It just so happens that Azin had recently launched a fashion brand called Cityzen by Azin which is based on incorporating aerial views of cities onto clothing and scarves where the topography defines each design. Mr. Daguillard advised Azin about the fashion industry while she worked with him to renovate his home.

The house had great 'modernist' bones but years of incongruous additions and renovations left Carl wanting a more cohesive vision incorporating contemporary materials and technologies. He challenged I-Beam to develop a language that would unify the disparate parts and various styles of the house while maintaining its late modernist integrity and cache.

Azin's attention to detail and their ongoing debates about the design not only transformed the dated looking house into an elegant, functional and refined work of architecture but has led to other collaborations including the design of Stellae's new 250,000 square foot corporate headquarters and warehouse in Melville, Long Island.  

The Ipe and Mahogany decking and stained cedar trellis work juxtaposed against the angled white walls and simple metal railings that interconnect all sides of the building are reminiscent of the wooden fishing boats and yachts that have navigated the Long Island coast for centuries while the aluminum panels and cantilevering canopies provide shade and a more dynamic and contemporary look to the overall composition. A hornbeam tree penetrates through the entry canopy linking and connecting it to the upper floor. Carl’s Haitian heritage and love for pop art and bold colors are celebrated throughout the interior including cushions that he himself upholstered and a framed scarf of Port-au-Prince designed by Cityzen by Azin that will soon be installed.

Azin Comments on New Oculus Structure for BBC Persian

I-Beam Founder, Azin Valy was recently asked to share her thoughts on the new Oculus structure at Ground Zero. She commented on the characteristics of the structure and how it is a unique space and experience as a transportation hub compared to other existing stations in NY. 

Watch the full story here.

New York Magazine

For the third year in a row, I-Beam has been selected as one of the top Architects and Interior Designers in NY City. Thank you Wendy Goodman!

"Azin Valy and Suzan Wines design and construct residential, landscape, and commercial projects, blending an unerring eye for functionality with a streamlined sensibility."

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I-Beam Design Featured in New York Magazine's List of Best Architects

For Immediate Release   

New York, October 2015                                                                                                      

For the second year in a row, I-Beam Design, led by Suzan Wines and Azin Valy, has been included among the top New York Architects and Designers in New York Magazine's Special Design Hunting Issue by Wendy Goodman for the Fall/Winter, 

2015-2016.

I-Beam is honored to be included amongst great architects and designers such as Steven Hall, Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, Hariri & Hariri, Architecture Research Office and many others.

New York Magazine's Annual Design Hunting Special edited by Wendy Goodman features projects that dare to dream what space can be and the professionals who design and build them.

Current and recently completed work by I-Beam Design include residential projects in Tribeca, the Upper West Side and Long Island and a 250,000 square foot headquarters for a high end fashion distribution company in Babylon, NY.

NATIONAL DESIGN AWARDS 2013 CEREMONY AT WHITE HOUSE

I-Beam would like to congratulate James Wines (Suzan’s father) and Michael Sorkin for their National Design Awards from the Smithsonian /Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum.

James is the recipient of this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award and Michael received the 2013 Award for his insightful ‘Design Mind’.


It was an honor for Suzan to accompany her father to the White House where they dined with Michelle Obama while discussing the importance of ‘risk-taking’ and potential of instant media in education, and design. Suzan is wearing the ‘New York City’ dress from Cityzen by Azin.

URGENT ARCHITECTURE

Our Pallet House has recently been published in “Urgent Architecture: 40 Sustainable Housing Solutions for a Changing World.” The book features several innovative proposals for affordable housing, prefab construction, transitional shelters, and adaptable homes. Check it out!