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December 13th, 2016

RCD is thrilled to announce that the Odin Apartments won Multifamily Project of the Year at the NAIOP Night of the Stars ceremony. NAIOP Washington State Chapter’s annual event is dedicated to recognizing exceptional individuals and projects in real estate development. Odin was chosen from ten finalists, which were selected from a field that included dozens of projects.


The project was developed by Equity Residential (EQR) and designed by Runberg Architects. The unique 305-unit mid-rise, located in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood,  drew inspiration from the neighborhood’s strong Scandinavian heritage.


“This was a very special project for us,” says Robin Chell, Principal of Robin Chell Design. “We really appreciated the collaborative spirit of project team, and the vision that ultimately guided the overall design. From decorative lighting to the playful color palette, modern Nordic elements were incorporated to help tell a story that is unique to this neighborhood.”


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RCD Wins People’s Choice Award for Bullitt Foundation Offices

December 11th, 2014

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All photos by Brent Smith

RCD is honored to announce that we were the recipient of the coveted 2014 People’s Choice Award for Interior Design at the IIDA’s annual IN Awards for our work on the Bullitt Foundation offices, which are located in the Bullitt Center (Seattle, Washington).  The project was selected out of 73 entries from around the Pacific Northwest, which ranged from small commercial TIs to large institutional projects.


The Bullitt Center is striving for the first-ever Living Building Challenge (LBC) certification for an office building in the United States, so the interior finishes were subject to rigorous environmental standards. The result is a stylish, eco-friendly workplace that showcases the values of the Bullitt Foundation and reflects an urban aesthetic that is uniquely Seattle.

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We were fortunate to work with some amazing vendors, who provided some truly innovative sustainable design features. Felt acoustic panels, made by BuzziSpace, were incorporated throughout the lobby and conference rooms, which helped to address acoustic concerns in functional and playful ways.  Custom carpet tiles were manufactured by Interface and Mohawk.

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London-based Anne Kyyro Quinn provided stunning bespoke wall-hung art pieces made of colorful felt, which also functioned as acoustic treatment in the central conference room.


The centerpiece of the main conference room is a spectacular slab wood table made by NK Build, a Seattle-based firm specializing in sustainable custom furniture. In order to adhere to the LBC requirements, NK Build used biodegradable, non-toxic, plant-based waxes and oils.

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The reception area includes a beautiful live green wall made by Seattle-based Botanical Designs.

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The success of this project came from a passionate client, design team and vendors working together under the mandated to create “something visually striking, stimulating, that captures the ethos of this building.” Sustainability has come a long way, and it’s great to see a growing number of companies that recognize the multiple benefits of Green Design in the workplace.


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From Drab to Fab: A Modern Kitchen Makeover

September 7th, 2013

Robin Chell Design recently completed this kitchen remodel in Bellevue, Washington. It was time to say goodbye to a drab 80′s interior, complete with white plastic laminate cabinets and countertops, a dated hexagonal kitchen island, and an otherwise broken up, inefficient layout.

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A fabulous new look for the kitchen!


Bringing the kitchen into the 21st Century first meant creating a smart layout for the space. The two original islands gave way to a large and luxurious “L” shaped island topped with a stunning, polished white Quartzite countertop.  The rest of kitchen is stylishly contrasted with grey quartz countertops.

Natural, rift-cut oak is used for the lower cabinets, while white, high-gloss acrylic Zenolite upper cabinets provide a bright and luminous contrast. The microwave was moved to the lower cabinets, which made room for a large, industrial-modern range hood.


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It was time to say "Goodbye" to the 80's!


Special thanks to Kerstin Williams, our Senior Designer, who was instrumental in this project. We also loved working with the crew from Proform Construction, who managed the remodel.  It’s great to see and experience how transforming a kitchen can make such a difference. After all, it’s really the heart of the home…


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The Sanctuary is Sold Out!

July 20th, 2012

RCD is pleased to announce that The Sanctuary is now sold out. The completion of this unique townhome project was a collaboration between Robin Chell Design and Runberg Architects.  This historic landmark church (circa 1911) has been converted into 12 modern urban townhomes, ranging in size from 1600 to over 3000 square feet.


The building includes a fabulous interior atrium, featuing a custom illuminated resin screen.

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In addition to the atrium, RCD furnished the 3500-square foot model home and coordinated artwork with Seattle’s Fetherston Gallery


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*All photos by Michael Walmsley


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Robin Chell Design to be featured on DIY’s “Bath Crashers”

July 3rd, 2012

RCD will be featured on an upcoming episode of DIY Network’s Bath Crashers. Dubbed “Sleek Seattle Waterfront Bath”, the episode will air Thursday, July 12th, at 5pm (PST). The episode is premiering as part of DIY’s annual Crash Week (July 8-July 13).


This will be RCD’s second appearance on the show. Host Matt Muenster works with his team of builders to complete an extensive bathroom remodel using mostly donated materials and fixtures. After assessing the goals and tastes of the homeowners, the designer (RCD, working behind the scenes) puts initial plans and a wish-list of specifications together.  The show’s producers then work with both local and national suppliers to get material donations.


We were fortunate enough to get to work with Environite products, which was at the top of our list for countertops. Environite is a local, Camano Island-based company that makes beautiful solid surface countertops using 90% recycled products, including recycled glass. The result is a fabulous, sustainable material with a look and performance similar to quartz and terrazzo.


Here’s a sneak peek at what you can expect to see on the show:


We started with a “Roman Bath meets 70’s Disco” interior, complete with walls of mirrors and faux columns. The goal for the new look was to incorporate natural woods and materials, and to create a sumptuous freestanding bath and shower room, as well as a unique water feature.

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Below are our project renderings, which will be “unveiled” during the show.

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The result is a fabulous spa bathroom suite with a walk-through shower,  a seating area that features a unique LED candle feature, natural wood flooring and a stunning water wall behind the freestanding bath.

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We really enjoyed the challenge of keeping the project vision while making necessary design and finish changes based on what was donated. The result is fun, fresh and luxurious.

We hope you enjoy!




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NeoCon: It’s all about the chairs

June 27th, 2012

There was so much to see at this year’s NeoCon, Chicago’s colossal contract furniture show. We’ve decided to categorize our favorites, and we will be sharing these with you over the next month or so. This year’s show featured some hot new chairs, as well as some familiar ones. Here are some of our favorites:Modern chairs

The Perillo Chair by Dauphin. Designed by Martin Bellendat, this sexy and amazingly comfortable swivel chair is made from one continuous sheet of high gloss material, and it comes in colors that range from white to hot red. Sophisticated, ultra-modern and very sexy…



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The New Brandy, designed by Lievore Altherre Molina, is from Andreu World . We fell in love with this stylish armchair, which won the “Best Guest Chair” award in the Best of NeoCon awards.  The line of chairs is locally represented in Seattle by Bill and Esther Dugraf. You can visit their Interbay Showroom at 2233 15th Avenue West or contact them by Email The chair has five different options for bases and comes in a range of colors and fabrics.



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We were also smitten with the New Rhonda , retro-modern swivel chair, also from Andreu World. This slick and comfortable oak wood shell chair was featured with four legs, although the manufacturer offers a variety of  steel and wood bases. Comfortable, stylish and modern.. we loved it!



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Last but not least is the Up-Chair  by Sandler Seating. This snazzy chair comes in a great variety of colors and was amazingly comfortable. The chair is made from unique solid-colored integral foam, which is why there is such a high degree of both comfort and durability. We fell in love with the green one with the black walnut and steel peg legs. The chair is also available in a variety of bases, including chrome and plastic.


More NeoCon favorites coming soon!



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