Konica Minolta Business Solutions Showroom Before and After at 485 Lexington Avenue

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Showroom Before and After at 485 Lexington Avenue

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The Port Jefferson Free Library opens The Port Jeff. Library @goodtimes

The Port Jefferson Free Library opens The Port Jeff. Library @goodtimes
The Port Jeff. Library @goodtimes opened its doors on August 18, 2007.

Janko Rasic Architects assisted the library with the adaptive-reuse project for its annex- Port Jeff Library @goodtimes. Built in 1848, historic the building was originally a butcher shop. The Italianate brick building has a Greek Revival broken pediment on the roof line. Today, it houses the library’s Young Adult Collection and used Book Store. It is a cultural center consisting of flexiable meeting space/work space for library collections, exhibition space for educational displays, performance and lecture space.

It is located directly across from the main library at 150 East Main Street

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Drom Fragrances Fine Fragrance Showroom designed by Janko Rasic architects called one of “New York's stylish new stores” in Display and Design Ideas Magazine

"Drom Fragrances International, 144 Duane St. (at West Broadway). This showroom houses a subterranean laboratory, ground-level perfumery and 'smelling booths.'"
"New York's new stylish stores"

By RoxAnna Sway, Editor in Chief, and Jessie Bove, Associate Editor
Publication: Display and Design Ideas
Date: Friday, December 1, 2006

The Port TIMES RECORD reports "Library eyes expansion into Good Times building"

By Elizabeth W. Sobel of the Port TIMES RECORD
November 22, 2006 | 02:47 PM

"Port Jefferson Free Library is expanding its facility. Director Tara D'Amato announced this week that the library will lease the ground floor of the 1860s-vintage building across the street that was the former location of the Good Times Bookshop. The young adult section and the used bookstore run by the Friends of the Library will now be housed there.

"We are so thrilled and want to renovate the building with an eye for its historic qualities," D'Amato said. "We have a great architect and hope to open by June 2007 if everything goes as planned."

Friends of the Library President Linda Gavin said the new space on the ground floor will allow the organization to accept donations year-round and to provide a community space for people to mingle. Currently, book donations are accepted twice a year and sold to the public.

"People don't want to throw away their books," D'Amato said. "There will now be a permanent place to accept donations. The community was missing this kind of locale and will now have an additional space to mingle.

The space will include a reading nook with big comfortable chairs and reading tables, which Gavin hopes will be especially inviting to young adults. Gavin said she hopes it will bring about a warm experience and will allow the Friends of the Library to be more organized and more like an old-fashioned book store.

D'Amato said the new locale will also provide more library space and will house the young adult collection for ages 12 to 18. D'Amato also has plans for additional late afternoon and evening programming for youngsters in this age group.

"Kids need to have a safe place after school to do their homework, and we hope to attract them to this location," D'Amato said. "We also hope that they find it comfortable."

The library's new acquisition was formerly the Good Times Bookshop owned and operated by Michael and Mary Mart for over 34 years. The building itself dates from 1848 and was the former location of a gravestone carving business, a butcher shop and an antique store. The Marts founded their shop in 1972 with several hundred of their own books and grew the business to a massive collection of mostly rare and antiquarian books.

The Marts could not be reached for comment by press time.

D'Amato said the library has hired the services of Manhattan architectural firm Janko Rasic and Associates, which specializes in the adaptive reuse of historic buildings and will begin shortly to renovate the space for use by library patrons."

"Heaven Scent"

"Heaven Scent"
By Rebecca Flint Marx

Published in INTERIOR DESIGN September 1, 2006

"If you could bottle the scent of light, the flacon might look like a pristine "square doughnut." That's Janko Rasic Architects partner Timothy Rasic's term for the defining feature of his New York showroom for Drom Fragrances International: A glass-enclosed central stairwell descends two levels below grade, allowing daylight to cascade into the interior's lowest depths.

That way, technicians in the glass-ceilinged subterranean laboratory feel less isolated. "They have a connection with people on the street, so they can draw inspiration from everyday life," Rasic explains. Meanwhile, clients visiting the street- level to-the-trade fragrance bar get a peek down into the secret world of scent development. "We're designing a total experience and also revealing the process," the architect continues.

To create the lab, one flight down, and "smelling booths," still farther underground—for a total of 6,700 square feet—he excavated 2 feet below the existing basement and wrapped the bottom 14 inches of the perimeter walls in a waterproof membrane. Because of concerns about hydrostatic pressure and a high water table, he then laid a 28-by-52-foot slab foundation 9 inches thick. "Essentially, the waterproofing and the reinforced concrete act as a giant bathtub," he says.

Topside, the landmarked 1850's cast-iron facade was easier to adapt for the transparency requested by Drom, a fast-growing Germany company that has a New Jersey production facility. Generous front windows erase the barrier between curious strollers and the perfumery, where bottles are displayed on white, luminescent, undulating shelves. These gleaming built-ins contrast with the opposing wall of exposed brick and the original flooring of old-growth heart pine.

With the exception of the red paint accenting a few surfaces, the palette is neutral for practical as well as aesthetic reasons. "Color can influence sense of smell," Rasic explains. To create depth and drama, he relied on lighting. By day, fluorescents backlight the perfumery's shelves, and incandescent pendant fixtures hang above. At night, blue LEDs on the ceiling and floor produce a mystical pallor.

A four-stage air purifier further minimizes olfactory distractions—resulting, ironically, in a fragrance business practically devoid of scent. Exhaust fans in the fragrance bar and smelling booths suck smells through a filtration system tucked in a vault beneath the sidewalk. By the time the exhaust rises through steel ducts to the roof, any hint of perfume is undetectable.

The building's landlord, who lives on the top floor, "might like fragrance," Rasic says. "But he doesn't want to smell it while he's having a barbecue."

From left: On the lower of two subterranean levels at Drom Fragrances International's New York showroom, clients and employees can open "smelling booth" portholes to sample scents being developed in the laboratory above. The display shelves of the ground-level perfumery combine Corian, Panelite, plastic laminate, drywall, and plywood.Clockwise from top left: The staircase has maple treads, stainless-steel handrails, and a glass balustrade. Small exhaust fans punctuate the Corian surface of the fragrance bar. Drom's landmarked cast-iron facade features 6 1/2-by-8-foot windows. The glassed-in central stair allows visitors to experience the lab without entering it.

porthole windows (stairwell): through nautical tropical. recessed ceiling fixtures (stairwell), pendant fixtures (perfumery): usa illumination. shelving back panels (perfumery): panelite. shelving drywall: usg corporation. shelving, fragrance-bar solid surfacing: dupont. lounge chairs: davis. task chairs: jofco. track lighting: bruck lighting systems. strip fixtures (stairwell, laboratory): energie. shelving (laboratory): rangine corporation. cabinet, shelving plastic laminate: formica corporation. paint: benjamin moore & co. lighting consultant: kelly design studio. structural engineer: severud associates. mep: jack green associates. general contractor: vanguard construction & development co."

drom’s fragrance wins 2006 FiFi Award with help of fine fragrance studio in New York

"For the first time in the company’s history, one of drom’s fragrances won the biggest international award in the fragrance industry. The 2006 FiFi Awards confirm the creative power of drom. . . .The international presence of drom’s perfumers made it possible for Barbara Zoebelein – who for years had worked in Hong Kong, Paris and New York – to follow the entire development process from her Baierbrunn location. Zoebelein said, “Of course, I was in New York again and again. But we did save a lot of time, as our ‘fine fragrance studio’ in New York was able to present new recipes to the client immediately and discuss them with the team.” drom’s international communications sped the project along, and this year’s FiFi Award winner was created in under four months.”

Please click here for the full press release from Drom Fragrances International
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