Case Studies

Commercial Projects

LMI Government Consulting, McLean, VA 

LMI’s reception area balances both sides of image. LMI is a consultancy that helps government managers solve complex problems. While known for its technical and analytical capabilities, LMI is also known for its creative, sometimes unconventional approach to problem solving. StudioPopp’s challenge was to create a reception lobby that communicates to visitors LMI’s forward-thinking, yet grounded image.

In this building lobby, StudioPopp uses a metaphor in the form of light niches to express the five missions of this non-profit organization. Placed in a feature wall of cherry-stained wood panels, the niches symbolize LMI’s main capabilities, from logistics to financial management. The arrangement’s spreadsheet-like grid refers to organizing tools as a nod to LMI’s analytical side. Using time-honored materials in innovative ways to further reinforce the brand, the lobby’s curvaceous arrangement recalls the graphics in LMI’s logo. 

StudioPopp selected furniture and finishes for the reception area to quietly complement the feature wall. The custom-designed desk, like the wall, is made of cherry-stained maple, along with brushed stainless steel. The desk’s innovative design, with its recessed base and sliding planes, again combines traditional materials in unexpected ways. This, along with LMI’s main tagline within a logo sign, welcomes visitors to a center for high achievement.


IDSA’s lobby showcases the best in design 

The Industrial Designers Society of America is the voice of the industrial design profession. Its mission is to inspire quality design and elevate the industry’s value. The society’s lobby needed to reflect these lofty goals and exhibit exceptional design.

Each year IDSA hosts the International Design Excellence Award competition and wanted to use its reception area to showcase the IDEA winners. StudioPopp designed a prominent display wall with staggered, adjustable shelves suspended on steel cables to hold the winning entries – everything from toasters to laptops. A neutral, earth-toned backdrop creates a gallery-like feel and allows the spotlight to shine on the product designs.

Behind the custom, natural-maple reception desk, StudioPopp created a curved wall to convey IDSA’s efforts to reach out and embrace their members. A poly-acrylic Shoji screen offers both form and function. The serene, Asian-inspired screen separates the reception area from the conference room, but slides open to create one large space for hosting events.

StudioPopp selected minimalist furniture for the seating area, in keeping with the museum mood. All of the pieces – from the iconic Barcelona chair to the sculptural Isamu Noguchi table – are examples of exceptional design to delight and inspire visitors to the space.


Cloud 9 retreat meets couple’s diverse needs

An interior designer’s job is often to help clients see the possibilities in a space. Mark and Lisa, a New York couple, had roughed in an 800-square-foot space above their garage, but the addition sat empty for years. They weren’t sure how to make the best use of the small area, and Mark wasn’t convinced of the value of an additional investment. StudioPopp was asked to propose a plan to inspire action.

To help the couple envision how they could use the space, the designers developed a presentation with 3-D renderings, architectural plans, and story lines. At the top of Mark’s wish list was a large, flat-screen TV. A college professor and painter, Lisa wanted space to host study groups and pursue her art. StudioPopp built these must-haves into the plan but also added a kitchenette, full bath and hidden Murphy bed to increase the space’s value and versatility.

Relating to the existing log home, the design uses rustic features, finishes and materials – from a stacked-stone fireplace to a wood-plank ceiling. The presentation was quickly given to contractors for bidding and build-out. Six weeks later, Lisa’s wish came true.


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