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Meridian on First, Phase 2: Bringing Sophisticated Whimsy to the Navy Yard

Partnering with Paradigm Companies, the HDG design team dialed up “sophisticated whimsy” in this Washington, DC apartment building. Located in the diverse Navy Yard district, the interiors are inseparable from the active neighborhood scene.

Both spacious and inviting, the two-story lobby is designed to foster a sense of community while intimate nooks encourage informal gatherings. Artful screening elements are used to delineate zones without sacrificing a sense of openness. Throughout, multiple booths and pods provide private concentration havens, everything the modern-day nomadic worker might need.

And nestled in a sunny corner of the lobby is a maker room where the property hosts craft classes and wine tastings.

Residents and guests are drawn to the mezzanine coworking lounge by a glass, steel and wood staircase that overlooks the lobby. The cozy lounge atmosphere offers multiple opportunities for heads down work.

To seamlessly integrate the indoor and outdoor amenities the HDG team was tasked with design of both the indoor and outdoor amenities. Located on the penthouse level, the light filled, three-sided glass clubroom spotlights an indoor-outdoor bar, a floating gas fireplace and multiple seating arrangements.

 

Blending the interior and the exterior space, the expansive roof deck features a pool, multiple fire pits, outdoor coworking niches and, a shade pergola with day-bed swings. Views of the Washington, DC skyline are vast and draw the eye well beyond the confines of the site.

 

Developer/Contractor/Management: Paradigm Companies
Interior Design: Hartman Design Group
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Introducing Arden at Parkside

Large grey and white building with lots of windows

Meet Arden at Parkside, Collegeville, Pennsylvania’s newest multifamily community

Multifamily interiors designed by Hartman Design Group

Arden at Parkside is the first of three multifamily apartment buildings completed in the Parkside development. Conveniently located steps away from Providence Town Center in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, the Parkside community offers an unparalleled, amenity-rich lifestyle experience.

Entry doors, vestibule and high ceilinged lobby with blue light fixtures

Large lobby with multifple seating areas

Bankettes and two levels of wall art, blue lighting fixtures

A community designed with nature in mind

The design team drew inspiration from the owner’s vision to create a public park on the land with walking and biking trails and a landscape softened by native plants.

Stacked brick fireplace, bigscreen TV seating area

Sofa, bookcases, lighted glass tree wall

Interior design with a strong indoor-outdoor connection

Creating a connection to the outdoors, the interiors were designed with a nature-themed ethos, hence the neutral color palette of umber and warm grays accented with blues, and greens.

Seating area

view into conference room with TV Screen displaying baseball game

Biophilic elements throughout

Contrasted with metal details in bronze, black and copper, the palette is set off by natural materials—wood, vegetable fibers, leather, jute, and linens.

Sportsbar with stools, television screens, seating areas

A sanctuary for residents

The overarching concept was to create a sense of sanctuary for the residents. During the collaborative design process, comfort, convenience, and a connection to nature were the guiding principles.

Bar with stools, lights

Blending home with remote workspaces to foster community

By interspersing co-working with the many lounge seating areas that are nestled throughout the amenities, the communal areas offer residents an environment that blends the comforts of home with remote workspaces.

Seating area looking onto other seating areas in a lobby

Biophilic patterns, artisanal elements and bespoke furnishings surprise 

The cocoon-like environment is enhanced by the artisanal craftsmanship of the bespoke furnishings, lighting, and art. There are moments of surprise in each space reflected in biophilic patterns.

Wooden pool table, wood walls and area rug

Desk with laptop, black and white artwork, white ceiling pendant fixture

Interior design features that bring the outdoors in

Design features such as a semi-transparent glass space divider with a fall forest scene, wood and stone materials and custom rugs that emulate elements of nature, bring the outdoors into the interior.

bankettes and glass partitions

 

At the intersection of nature and the human built environment

Amanda Sturgeon, the author of Creating Biophilic Buildings, says “who we are as people has much to do with the intersection and mingling of nature and the human built environment.”
Yoga studio with barre, mirror and shelves
Fitness center with weights

Interior Design that creates sensorial wonder

At The Arden, the interplay of light, color, space, and authentic material creates sensorial wonder and invokes curiosity towards the ecological magic that surrounds the apartment building.

The Project Team:

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Meet HDG Senior Multi-family Interior Designer Betsy

HDG was fortunate to hire Betsy five years ago.

A Senior Multi-Family Interior Designer, Betsy not only has a master’s degree in interior design, but also in architecture too. To her, it made sense to get the two degrees since it helped her understand how users fill the space and what aspects of a space can be modified to be better used. Born in Ecuador, Betsy’s exploration continued, though as she applied for and was granted a diversity lottery visa to come and live in the United States as a Permanent Resident Alien (also known as a green card holder). But wait! There’s more! We’re so thrilled to present you this video that walks through Betsy’s journey to five year HDG employee, wife, mother, and… U.S. Citizen!

Betsy’s deep experience enhances HDG and she brings her deep insight into the built world to all her interactions here at HDG as she interacts with colleagues, our clients, including Developers, Property Owners, Financiers, Architects and Builders alike. We’re so fortunate to count Betsy among our employees and it gives us great pleasure to celebrate her children’s births and her citizenship too.

Affordable age-restricted multi-family communities can be

Want to see what affordable multi-family age-restricted communities can be?

As interior designers of multi-family communities in all economic categories, our approach to affordable housing comes from the following beliefs:

  • We believe that affordable housing works when it provides more than just a place to live, when all stakeholders are committed to making a long-term investment in our community and in the health, safety and well-being of residents.
  • We believe that affordable multifamily buildings that look, feel, and live like market-rate apartments promote a sense of place and self-worth.
  • We believe that a beautiful home fosters feelings of sanctuary and elevates pride in one’s surroundings.
  • We believe that the connection to nature enhances wellness and it is our duty as design professionals to merge the built environment with the natural world.
  • We believe that through collaboration and design excellence, we can create engaging, healthy, energy-efficient, affordable homes for people of all socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • We believe that solutions take shape when caring professionals partner for the good of our community.

This charming 62-plus high rise multi-family community is nestled on a quiet block within Rockville Town Center, a walkable community. Residents enjoy the village green, restaurants, shops and cultural centers. The design is light and fresh and uses biophilic patterns throughout to enhance the health, happiness, and wellness of the residents.

Check out the following video walkthrough for more about this lovely residential community:

If you’re considering development of a new multi-family project, whether affordable or luxury, workforce or market rate, contact us to learn how our interior architecture / interior design services can enhance the tenant experience and your KPIs.

Remy Phase II is Open! (Berman Enterprises Partner to The Remy)

sofa, table, mezzanine area
Following the success of The Remy phase one, Hartman Design Group partnered with BCT Architects, LIVEbe Communities, and Berman Enterprises to complete The Remy II multifamily apartment building. Remy II rounds out the two-building community and creates a sense of place within walking distance of Amtrak’s New Carrollton station.
Playing off the transportation theme, this multi-family property was designed for the dreamer and the doer, for the person who craves the comfort of home and is ready at any moment to jump on a train to Washington, DC, or head north to work or play in Baltimore, Philadelphia or New York City.
The resulting community is a shared vision embraced by all. The interior design, with an emphasis on lifestyle and resident engagement, features double-height ceilings and views of the large, lush courtyard from every amenity. The spaces are designed to blur indoor and outdoor living. Biophilic design features are used throughout to benefit the residents with a connection to nature that positively impacts their mental and physical health.
Work and play anywhere is the theme at The Remy II. The interior is simultaneously generous and intimate. Maximizing natural light and establishing a sense of spaciousness, the open plan layout delineates the work/play zones using see-through shelving and screening elements. Supporting the “work from anywhere” trend, individual work pods provide residents their own personal “office away from office.” And with three distinct (and spread apart) kitchen/bar hospitality zones — from the main area coffee lounge and sports bar to the massive center communal kitchen, to the rooftop indoor/outdoor bar and grill areas, there are plenty of opportunities for communal dining and drinking.
There is truly something for everyone at The Remy II, and its award-winning lease-up pace reflects that!
Developer: Berman Enterprises
Interior Designer: Hartman Design Group
Architect: BCT Design Group
Construction: Chesapeake Contracting Group
Management Company: LIVEbe Communities
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HDG is Pleased to Announce Two Promotions

May 8, 2023 Rockville, MD: Commercial Interior Design firm Hartman Design Group has experienced solid growth in recent years and is proud to announce two leadership promotions.

Anny Falgas has been promoted to Managing Partner of the 36-year-old company that specializes in multifamily, senior living, and hospitality interior architecture. Anny was introduced to the world of design by her father, a furniture designer who owned a bespoke millwork shop in Puerto Rico where she grew up. During her early years as a design professional, she worked in and later served as Head of Interior Design for a commercial interior design firm in Puerto Rico before founded her own award-winning firm there. Her portfolio from those years includes projects for Marriott, Intercontinental, Hilton, Swissotel, Wyndham, and other brands as well as independent boutique hotels. These projects were recognized by Architectural Digest, Conde Nast Traveler, and Lodging.

Upon joining HDG as a Senior Designer in 2012, Anny has focused on the multifamily space where she brings a high-level vision, creativity, and expression to each project she oversees. As Director of Design, her work has been featured in Multifamily Executive Magazine and Interior Design. She has been instrumental in winning numerous national and regional awards for HDG. In 2022, she opened and manages Hartman Design Group’s branch office based in Tampa, Florida.

“Anny has proven her value over the past 10 years with HDG,” said Phyllis Hartman, President and founder of Hartman Design Group. “We are thrilled that she has risen to partner level. Well deserved!”

Daniela Maniezzo has been promoted to the role of Managing Director. Daniela joined HDG in the role of Senior Managing Designer in May 2022.  Before joining HDG, Daniela was a Senior Interior Design Manager with Marriott International and had her own design firm, designing multiple hotel projects, both new construction, and renovation. She has given back to the design community by serving as an adjunct professor at Montgomery College. Daniela holds a Master of Science in Electronic Engineering, a Ph.D. in Information Engineering, and a Masters in Architecture and Interior Design.

“Within a short time, Daniela has demonstrated that she is a natural organizational leader showing skills in mentorship, team building, and collaboration management,” Phyllis said. “Her desire to continually learn, grow and seek to improve the process and practices of design will will take us to new heights. Congratulations, Daniela!”

ABOUT HARTMAN DESIGN GROUP
HDG is an award-winning commercial interior design firm founded in 1987, specializing in multifamily, senior community and hospitality interior architecture. With a distinctive body of work that spans four decades, HDG has partnered with some of the most highly respected developers, architects, contractors, and owners. Learn more: www.hartmandesigngroup.com

Spring 2023 Hartbeat Newsletter

 

Presenting: Carlyle Crossing

 

Centered in Alexandria, Virginia’s Carlyle and Eisenhower Valley area, the Carlyle Crossing development has transformed the region for the future. Anchored by a Wegmans grocery store and surrounded by restaurants and retail, this area is home to two large federal agencies and served by two Metro stations.

HDG was tasked with designing the amenity spaces in two of three of the multifamily communities in the development, The Easton and Reese Tower are conjoined by an expansive outdoor plaza. We’re pleased to introduce you to both of these properties at this time.

Visit this link to view the entire Spring 2023 Hartbeat newsletter, featuring more information about these two projects. You can also get the latest news about recent awards HDG has won and answer our survey to deliver the most relevant information you want in future Hartbeat newsletters.

 

 

Use Books as Interior Design Accessories

It’s #WorldBookDay and we can’t think of a more appropriate day to celebrate the inherent beauty and timeless role played by books as a design accessory. More than just paper, ink and words, books offer a sense of warmth and create a sense of comfort. Books add a certain alchemy if you will, a je ne sais quois and yes, we celebrate them, both for their utility as a design accessory and for the words and messages they hold within their covers.

Hartman Design Group uses books in our commercial interior design schemes for lobbies, co-working areas, reading nooks, models and other amenity spaces within the many multifamily, senior living community and other projects we design for. Whether hardcover or paperback, books can be a great way to add color, visual interest and texture to an otherwise bland area. Even more, they can serve as a centerpiece and to showcase your interests too. Here are a few our favorite tips when incorporating books in your interior design scheme:

Use books to reinforce a theme

Books can convey a consistent look and overall vision: Use books to reinforce a theme. If you have a room decked out in a nautical style, think sailing, marine animal and coastal living-themed books. If the area you are designing is airy and light with big windows showcasing the gardens, perhaps floral and garden-style books would fit. Books on the motion picture industry, musical instruments, and celebrity biographies would be great additions to any media room. You get the idea.

Interior design using a book in a mint green color referencing a garden and outdoor theme is strategically placed near a breezy window area to bring nature indoors.
Reinforce a theme: A model unit at Haven National Harbor, designed by Hartman Design Group featuring a book in a mint green color referencing a garden and outdoor theme is strategically placed near a breezy window area to bring nature indoors.

 

 

Use books to showcase your interests and personality

Show off your confidence and individuality by strategically placing books about your favorite subjects in an area lacking personality and warmth. A dog lover? A stamp collector? An oenophile? Set up a collection of books featuring your passions to serve not only as a point of interest but a great conversation starter.

Interior design - Shelves with books flat against the wall displayed as artwork but ready to pick up and read.
Designed by Hartman Design Group, The Easton’s co-working lounge window seating is accented by books as art.

Add depth to a room by choosing books covered in patterns or textures. There are a range of textural choices in covers, ranging from glossy, to intentionally textured, to matte. Printed covers can feature repeated geometric patterns, organic patterns or abstracts. Choose books featuring these characteristics to strategically complement or serve as a foil for a room lacking in texture or patterns.

Use books to add a pop of color

Infuse your space with color: Books come in all colors of the rainbow and provide a great way to reinforce your existing color scheme or add contrast and interest. Group like-colored books together for emphasis.

Use books in a bookshelf display

Create a bookshelf display with carefully selected bookends to stand books upright, or stack several on their sides, spine facing the room, pages to the wall, with a decorative item perched on top, such as a candle, small plant or small figurine as a vignette. On another area of the bookshelf, add framed photos, perched on easels, other plants, or vases to add more interest and variety. Repeat as necessary to create your own personal work of art.

bookshelves with a grouping of green books, white books and other accessories, along with a black bar
A grouping of lime green books near another grouping of white books to break up the expanse of wood from the bookshelves at The Signature Co-working space.

 

Use books as a centerpiece

Finally, there’s always the use of a single book or book grouping as a coffee table centerpiece. The size of the table will dictate your choice here. This can enhance any room.

So remember, if you are looking for a way to add contemporary yet timeless depth and interest, take a look at books.  And if you are looking for an experienced, award-winning commercial interior design firm for your next multifamily or senior living community project, contact Hartman Design Group.