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McGRAW ARCHITECT DESIGNS REMODEL OF VON HEMERT INTERIORS

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March 20, 2009|By Laura Mickelson

Robert A. McGraw Architect is changing the face of von Hemert Interiors’ 55-year-old store in Laguna Beach. Prominently located on North Coast Highway and Cliff Drive, the remodeled store will feature a classic Tuscan style, echoing the design of many homes along the Orange County coastline. 

Robert McGraw collaborated with Barry, Mickey, Carrie and Kelly von Hemert—the members of the von Hemert Interiors’ family-owned business—to create a new presence for the store that would reflect the style of von Hemert Interiors’ sophisticated clientele.

 “The simple, yet elegant style of Tuscan inspired architecture will provide a functional and aesthetically pleasing showcase for the imported and domestic home furnishings and accessories offered at von Hemert Interiors,” said Project Architect Robert McGraw. The structure will also complement the Robert McGraw designed craftsman style building at the Rohrer Gallery across the street.

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Robert McGraw’s design solution for the von Hemert Interiors remodel will maintain the same footprint and height of the former structure, yet the 4,102-square-foot, one level store will provide a stronger street presence through a faux second level.

The store’s exterior will be composed of natural stone, Stucco plaster and a Mediterranean clay tile roof. Visitors will enter the store through 8 x 10-foot custom mahogany and frosted glass doors adorned with decorative wrought iron grill work and surrounded by custom original tile from commissioned artist Omar Torres. Two large display windows on each side of the doors and smaller windows in the faux second level will be framed with matching wood. A trellis over each of the outlying display windows will provide symmetry around the central grand entrance.            

Bob Kahle of Luminosity Lighting Design in Laguna Beach is providing the project’s interior lighting design. Through the mixed use of energy efficient fluorescent and low voltage spot lighting, Luminosity has created a glare-free and impactful look throughout the showroom. In addition, the two large picture box windows on Pacific Coast Highway will draw attention to the von Hemert's varying designs during the day and night.

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