The name Nobu is synonymous with innovative cuisine, luxury living, and a sophisticated clientele with a pulse on what’s hip and happening. Now a worldwide phenomenon, legendary Japanese chef Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa launched his first Southern California dining establishment, Beverly Hills’ Matsuhisa in 1987. Today, a number of Nobu branded destinations call the area home, including Nobu Malibu, Nobu Newport Beach, and the Nobu Ryokan hotel. 

Featured in Atomic Ranch, Dwell, Arch Daily and The Contemporist, Strand Design’s David Strand and his design partner David McKay have received a fair share of press for their distinctive synthesis of modern minimalist style and classic Midwestern agrarian structure. The Minneapolis, MN-based firm is also well regarded for their focus on environmental sustainability.

Both partners come from a construction background and began their career as architects, thus their work for Strand Design gives equal heft to solid design/build construction and architectural appeal. We spoke to them about about how they achieve their instantly recognizable design aesthetic, how sustainability plays into their designs, and why they choose Infratech heaters to keep homeowners cozy in cool Northern climates.

 

Structureworks Fabrication is a nation-wide expert in pergolas of all types. With a growing interest in outdoor rooms, their knowledge and design skills are more in demand than ever. The firm can do it all: from simple, garden-like structures to lavish outdoor living rooms and kitchens, their designs are suited for warm coastal climes, arid desert areas, cool mountainous regions, and everywhere in between. To learn more about evolving trends related to pergolas and outdoor design, we spoke with Structureworks’ Greg Smith. Read on to discover how pergolas can accentuate urban and rural landscapes and to learn why the experts choose Infratech heaters to keep living spaces comfortable in any weather.

Santa Monica, CA’s Minarc design firm was founded by Icelanders Erla Dögg and Tryggvi in 1999. Over the past two decades, the duo have established themselves as leading lights in holistic, environmentally aware design. Their residential and commercial projects employ a creative minimalism that is stunning, livable, and a unique hybrid of the design environments of their native land and their chosen home.

They recently used Infratech heaters in the Drexel home, a playfully minimalist, decidedly Southern California design. We spoke with Minarc to learn more about their creative process, how nature informs their work, and why they choose our heaters for their spectacular spaces.

 

 

Tobin Dougherty Architects is a San Francisco Bay area firm known for their eco-friendly designs that make the most of indoor/outdoor space. Founded by registered architect Tobin T. Dougherty, a member of the American Institute of Architects with over thirty-five years of experience, the firm’s designs excel through their distinctive combination of clean lines, dramatic structure, and a deep-rooted sense of place.We sat down with Tobin to learn how an area’s landscape affects his designs and how it can play into eco-conscious home design practices. We also discussed his design philosophy, his approach to continuing education, and why he chooses Infratech heaters for his forward-thinking designs. Read on to discover what makes Tobin Dougherty Architects truly visionary.