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Nautilus Studio Inspiration

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Nautilus, a perfect shape that naturally occurs in nature has inspired numerous masterpieces in many areas of arts, including architecture and interior decorating. Washington based company, Calico studio has presented a recently constructed studio, that takes its inspiration from the form of the Nautilus. Let’s explore this amazing construction!

Calico studio Creation

The Nautilus studio is a unique project for a textile artist, that was recently completed by the Washington based company, Calico studio. The recent creation is located in close proximity to the actual residence, which makes the statement – “Work where you live” quite literal. The studio is quite big, and due to its glass glazing it is very open and allows a lot of light into the studio. The client wanted the studio to be inspiring, which would call her to create, so to say – and she certainly got what she wanted!
The inner structure of the studio is reminiscent of the anceint cathedrals, which was done on purpose with the help of the alike materials. If you take a closer look at the ceiling, you would notice the cross beam, these are made from the contemporary materials, such as AAC, aerated autoclave concrete, masonry – but very close to its mediveal look alikes. The ceiling is contrasting the white walls with a help of a humble OSB, which looks quite natural and somewhat even rustic.
The interior design of the studio is maximally accustomed to the productive work of the artist. It has an interesting storage system, which takes up most of one of the walls, and actually creates an interesting background to the whole room. Among other furnishings, present are the working table, exquisite lavish furniture with cute overghanging lamps. There are two working spaces present, one for wet paining, the other for dry textiles – however both of these spaces are quiete flexible. There is also an upper level of the studio, which probably connects it with the rest of the house. The roof expands outside, creating an outdoor space with protection from the bad weather.


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  1. Heather Washburn
    May 14, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    Hey Guys, Thank you so much for the article. Just wanted to clarify that the white walls are AAC block and the wooden beams are called glu-lam beams. If you have any other questions or want to know more please send me an email. Again thank you so much for the shout out its greatly appreciated!

    Heather Washburn, AIA
    Calico Studio

  2. Strega
    May 15, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Dear Heather! Thank you for clarifications, we really appreciate your work.