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Is it a trend… or a lifestyle…?
According to Mansion Magazine,
“Home designers are turning to a time-honored transparent transition: the conservatory… these spectacular bespoke glass houses were symbols of wealth from the 17th through the 19th centuries, [and have] become an integral architectural element in luxurious homes and high-rises around the globe”.
Nancy Ruhling, writer for Mansion Magazine, recently interviewed Tanglewood President, Alan Stein, to understand why people are incorporating these unique structures into the design of their homes. Why?
When he and his wife, Nancy Virts, founded Tanglewood Conservatories over 25 years ago, they discovered this growing trend for the fascination of conservatories and greenhouses and our client’s desire to live in them. In their 25 years, the major shift they have seen is in their use; from traditional living spaces attached to the home to a more exotic space not only for living but for growing plants. Conservatories have become a part of their everyday lives, creating memories and living out their passions daily.
According to Alan,
“Today, greenhouses are much more popular at the high end of the market than they were 15 to 20 years ago.”
As the conservatory lifestyle grows, designers, architects, and owners are incorporating these glass room as key design features when remodeling or designing new homes.
“They add a magical sense—the light coming in from above allows you to see the room in a significantly different way… every element is exposed, it’s a piece of art, not just another room. And that is exactly why people are falling in love with the conservatory.”
So how are owners around the globe using these rooms?
Posted April 5th, 2018 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Uncategorized
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Spring at the Rawlings Conservatory
The Rawlings Conservatory in Baltimore’s Druid Hill Park comes to life in the spring, both inside and out with a flower show and new plantings.
“Catch a Rainbow,” the spring flower show is open now through April 8. Featuring hundreds of blooming bulbs, the show presents a kaleidoscope of color and texture in the greenhouses of the Conservatory. It might still be cool outdoors, but inside, it is definitely spring.
On May 17, you can try a cocktail made with botanical ingredients at Cocktails at the Conservatory, a biannual evening event with live music and snacks from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. It’s a pleasant spot for enjoying a beverage and mingling with friends. See www.rawlingsconservatory.org for details.
A bit later in the spring, the Rawlings’ outdoor gardens bloom when dozens of volunteers unite on Community Gardening Day, May 24, to plant the flower beds with annuals. The conservatory staff plans the design of the beds and orders the plants. The volunteers do the digging and planting. Everyone finishes with a picnic provided by the Friends of the Rawlings Conservatory. The gardens then provide a restful and colorful spot for visitors to the park throughout the spring, summer and fall.
Other events take advantage of the pretty backdrop of the conservatory, such as the Charm City Blue Grass Festival, April 27-28, with a pop-up concert April 19. http://charmcitybluegrass.com/index.html
Posted April 5th, 2018 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Uncategorized
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Imagine… waking up to the sound of light rain tapping on your window. The children awake with a sparkle in their eye, they run through the house full of excitement to the conservatory. For a moment they worry the day is ruined, but with the press of a button, the walls glide across the floor, opening your home to the beautiful outdoors, transforming your room into a protected outdoor retreat.
These are the days we live for; bringing families closer together through the power and inspiration of glass architecture. Brombal USA shares our passion. That is why Tanglewood Conservatories has partnered with Brombal as the Mid-Atlantic dealer for beautifully crafted steel and bronze windows and doors. As an innovator in the art of window and door production, Brombal has developed their artisanship over the course of more than fifty years. Tradition grounds them in the craftsmanship of their forebears and when combined with their new world technology, an incredible value is provided for every client.
The beautiful marriage between Tanglewood Conservatories and Brombal Steel Windows and Doors comes from our shared goal of providing an elite product that is not only innovative and elegant, but functional and designed with the ideas of the client in mind each and every time.
Want to learn more about Brombal’s new innovative line? Click here
When you are ready to transform your home into a getaway retreat, don’t wait. Talk with our specialists today at 410 479 4700.
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Typically, a design brainstorm session at Tanglewood starts something like this:
“The family wanted something so unique and have a sense of history that there was nothing like it anywhere in the world” – A Client’s Representative
The solutions We propose are often a mix of the old and the new, a synthesis of the contrasts of glass and steel, wood and copper, light and dark – and a sum greater than the parts that went into it. Indeed, nothing less than an experience.
Two disciplines that Tanglewood champions are the architecture styles of Art Nouveau and that of the European and American Conservatories, innovations and traditions that sought to fill very different yet similar needs.
As Tanglewood President and Director of Architecture Alan Stein points out:
“Art Nouveau started as an intentional search for a new aesthetic, whereas conservatory design started with a response to an actual need – to conserve orange trees and other over winter through the use of glass. It then developed into an aesthetic, not so much because of an ideological position, but because it was not possible to use the existing classical architectural language for glass buildings. Classical architecture is based on masonry construction where it is the “solid” walls that are the important elements.”
Architect and Engineer Bill Bertsche warns that “True conservatory design takes experience, talent, a keen eye for detail, and innovation. You cannot build a conservatory the same way you build a house [There must be] much more flexibility for design & detail.”
The architectural styles and inspirations of Art Nouveau provide those options. With its emphasis on the organic and its evocation of living organisms, Art Nouveau was born to live. This is particularly evident in the trees, flowers and other botanical embellishments that typically can be found in the details of Art Nouveau inspired buildings.
As the Encyclopedia Britannica comments, “Art Nouveau is characterized by its use of a long, sinuous, organic line and was employed most often in architecture, interior design, jewelry and glass design, posters, and illustration.It was a deliberate attempt to create a new style, free of the imitative historicism that dominated much of 19th-century art and design.”
Conservatory architecture, on the other hand, was born of a need to preserve.
Initially, Conservatories were seen as a place to preserve the conditions of a growing environment for the fruit trees and other botanicals of the Elite, as well as to provide a refuge from the calamities of the Outdoors. Indeed, the root of “conservatory” is postulated to be from the Latin “conservato”, relating to the Ancient Roman practice of having specific rooms or building designated for the preservation or “conservation” of food stuffs.
Together the two styles create an aesthetic for organic, living spaces that breaks from the traditions before it and grows it into the future. As Architect and Tanglewood Collaborator Dan Russoniello comments, “When working with the environment we end up with a better quality of life as well as a better sustained quality of life.”
So, what is the Future of Conservatory architecture?
Dan observes that:
“People are amazed at the absolute beauties of the… historical conservatories and they don’t realize that they are still being built. And the ones that are being built today are in many ways equally beautiful and equally experimental – in terms of the use of technology and engineering – as they were in the day when they were built a hundred years ago.”
Alan concurs when observes that:
“There is huge interest right now in building new conservatories, renovating existing conservatories … We would like to assist in pushing that initiative forward by offering something which is really not offered out there, which is a … history and an insight into the beauty and the relevance of the building itself … In terms of the building and its pedigree and its possibilities I think we’ve got something unique to offer the public that they find really interesting.”
Tanglewood Conservatories is more than a collection of craftspeople and designers devoted to the new renaissance in glass and steel domestic architecture. We are Caretakers of the Conservatory traditions – past, present, and future – and We will enjoy sharing our knowledge and passion for this living architectural style with You and Your Clients.
The Architectural Digest Design Show in New York City is just around the corner! This exciting opportunity is a must attend event for art enthusiasts, interior designers, and families looking for the perfect piece of functional art for their home. Creativity is on full-display from artists and craftspeople of all types, but one of our favorites is Invictus Steelworks. Truly one of a kind; it can be the perfect décor for your conservatory, greenhouse, or pool enclosure.
A one-of-a-kind, custom piece for your one-of-a-kind, custom room.
In their profile on the design show’s website, Robert Simmons (co-founder and artist), chose to include a piece from the beautiful poem “Invictus” by William Ernest Henley, which demonstrates the fundamental motivation of Robert and his wife Beth (co-founder):
“It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.”
It is clear by the quality of Robert’s work, and passion with which he and Beth partner with their clients, that these words ring true and can be seen in every piece of functional art Robert creates. Since in 2015, Robert and Beth have worked together to build Invictus Steelworks into not only a place to buy high quality décor, furniture, and gazebos, but also an opportunity to participate in an experience solely focused on the client’s needs. As the sole designer and fabricator, Robert serves as a guide to explore their imagination to design the perfect piece for their home, office, or commercial project; he is a true artesian.
Starting as a welder apprenticing with a sculptor, Robert discovered the beauty that can be found in a light, unique design, and went on to create works of art that were displayed around the country. As he and Beth continued to grow Invictus Steelworks, they realized that functional art was the future for their business because it gave them the wonderful opportunity to work more closely with clients to satisfy their exact needs, and to build personal, hands on relationships. To make this happen, Robert often must think “outside of the box”.
Drawing on examples from historical designs and craftsmanship, much like Tanglewood, Robert absorbs these ideas and uses them for inspiration to push boundaries and experiment with concepts and ideas to improve his craft and provide the perfect complement to the client’s unique environment. Starting from a simple, hand-drawn sketch, you work directly with Robert and Beth to develop a concept, view several perspectives, and become an active participant in every stage of creation, almost as if you are creating the art and merely guiding Robert’s experienced hand in bringing your concepts to life. It is this commitment to craftsmanship and dedication to you that makes Invictus Steelworks stand out to us. We are passionate about creating beautiful works of art from historic inspiration and bringing our client’s outward expressions of their inner vision to life.
Take a stroll through some of their work. And please, do yourself a favor – check out their amazing work in person at the Architectural Digest Design Show (Booth M802) from March 22nd-25th, 2018!
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Have you ever sipped fine wine from the cellars of Italy’s finest? Walked through some of the world’s most influential architectural buildings? Felt the atmosphere of an Italian open air market?
Education. Architecture. Entertainment.
Are you ready to explore the architectural wonders of Italy?
Italy is one of the most inspirational countries in the world. From the people to culture to architecture to the overall atmosphere, we are inspired by their different perceptions. In this tour our peers get to see and experience things never seen before or never realized was possible to create in the first place.
That is what our partners love about this trip – It is an eye opening experience to the possibilities we have yet to consider ourselves!
Also known as the “City of Bridges”, we explore Venice’s covered pontoon wooden bridges designed by Andrea Palladio, a haven for many such as Napoleon, Hemingway, and Fitzgerald. Our partners tour the streets of Italy, admiring the classic and modern architecture and experience the plethora of influences that inspires individuals from around the world, such as the Clocktower, Palazzo Ducale, and the Procuratie .
This last trip we found our way on the outskirts of town, wandering the foothills of the Venetian Prealps and took in the sights of friendly churches and neighborhood buildings.
But that’s not all!
What else are architects and builders saying about Tanglewood’s Tour of Italy?
Our guests also received a vibrant 2-day VIP tour to meet with Brombal’s founders, their crafts-people, tour the factory, and experience hands-on the strength, durability, and fluidity of their steel windows & doors.
Check out their experiences
We all know the importance of being able to see the product before the purchase. You want to feel it, see how it functions in the environment, and examine the quality for yourself. After all, our goal as business owners is to provide the HIGHEST quality product to our clients.
“On so many levels it was such a wonderful trip because it not only exponentially expanded my knowledge about Brombal … but also … Meeting the people that actually make the thing is really important … because if any one of those cogs in the machine go bad the whole project can go out.” – Michael Beidler, Trout Design
From the factories of Brombal to Secco Sistemi and Zannata to the sites of Possagno “Home of Canova” and Carlo Scarpa “Tomba Brion”, the learning opportunities are endless. We interacted with several products such as the OS2 FXD profiles, inclining motorized sliding doors, and EBE.
“Look at the glass guys”, he observes, “those guys making those Amazing windows … it’s pretty cool seeing what their limitations are and what their abilities are because we can take our creative ideas to their tasks … and push their limits a little further, push their product a little farther” – Michael Beidler, Trout Design
Our partners are not the only ones who love the product. We recently finished a beautiful sunroom and skylight feature with architect Gary Lofdahl with Clites Architects PC and their client could not be happier! Gary tells us,
“The clients say the room is like a magnet. They can’t even get the dogs out of the room!”
What artisans like Michael and many others experienced at the Brombal factory was indicative of the high quality that their firm imbues in every product they make. It’s a reflection of their superior attention to detail and pride they take in making some of the world’s finest architecture. Aesthetically appealing and yet rugged enough to withstand the worst weather your home-site can offer.
Talk with our team today about the opportunities that await you and your clients!
Posted July 5th, 2017 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Uncategorized
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Art Lives in the Rawlings Conservatory
Just as plants emerge from the ground, so too will art emerge at the Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory in Baltimore’s Druid Hill Park. Emergence Art Salon will feature the work of three Baltimore artists from July 14 to 23.
And what better place to display art? The Conservatory is a work of art itself with its soaring glass palm house that dates to 1888.
“The venue is really beautiful. We are looking for a synergy between the building and local artists,” Kathleen Hamill said, with the show mixing the art community with the conservatory community.
Kathleen is owner of K. Hamill Fine Art & Design, which is putting on the exhibition. A portion of proceeds from sales of the art will benefit the Rawlings Conservatory.
Driven by a mission to place Baltimore art in Baltimore spaces, Kathleen said that there are not a lot of lovely spots in the city for local artists to show their work. When artists heard about a show at the conservatory, they were excited to be part of it, she said.
The July show will feature work by Mary Beth Marsden, Bridgette Guerzon Mills and Diana Ulman.
Marsden, former broadcaster at WBAL Radio and WMAR TV, said, “Painting found me again. Currently obsessed with clouds and trying to be fearless.” She continues her work with Real Look Autism, a website for anyone touched by autism. It provides videos that show all kinds of therapies working for kids on the autism spectrum.
Guerzon Mills, an award winning mixed media artist and book artist, incorporates a variety of materials including photography, oil paint, acrylic paint and encaustic. “I am drawn to the inherent beauty and spirit of the natural world, and my artwork is a personal dialogue that reaches into the stillness of that spirit. Through both imagery and medium, I create organic pieces that speak to the cycles of life, growth and decay, memory and the passage of time.”
Ulman is an artist, designer, community volunteer and a cancer patient advocate with the Ulman Cancer Fund For Young Adults, which she founded in 1997. “As my art evolves, I both find myself and free myself. I hope you are touched in some way by my art and design — and I hope you enjoy viewing my artwork as much as I enjoy creating it.”
An opening night reception will be held 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 13. Another Art Salon is planned at the Conservatory in the fall, Oct. 19-29.
Also coming up at the Rawlings Conservatory:
July 29 – Aug. 13 — The American Tennis Association, the oldest African American sports organization in the United States, celebrates its 100th anniversary at Druid Hill Park in Baltimore with tennis tournaments and exhibits at the Conservatory.
Opening Ceremonyat the Conservatory –July 29; Tournaments in Druid Hill Park –July 29 – Aug. 1;
Druid Hill Park: A Community’s Pride, July 26 – Aug. 13 at the Conservatory; this exhibit on loan from the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, showcases stories and imagery of African Americans and their relationship with the park, from emancipation to the end of Jim Crow. The exhibition illustrates the role of the park and how integral it was to African American life through the periods of segregation, and highlights institutional racism as a source of many challenges.
Breaking the BarriersJuly 29 – Aug. 5 at the Conservatory. A unique timeline of photos, newspaper accounts, and historical excerpts bring the origins and history of black tennis and the American Tennis Association (ATA) to life. The formation of the ATA, the oldest African-American sports organization in the United States, was a direct result of banning African Americans from professional tennis competitions not long after the first lawn tennis court was built in America in 1876. This exhibition is c/o The International Tennis Hall of Fame and the ATA.
The Conservatory is open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., 7 p.m. on Wednesdays, and closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
Posted June 7th, 2017 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Uncategorized
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What’s your vision?
We believe that the strength of our company comes from the strength of our community both inside and out. To inspire EVERYONE we touch through the creation of extraordinary glass architecture we set out on a journey to develop a world class team and started experimenting with a new business system. We are now ready to share the fruits of our experiences and want to INVITE YOU to join our journey in our new Seminar Series We’re Better Together.
About the Series
During our journey we discovered new ways to interact with our clients, work with our partners, saw from a new perspective how to engage our employees, and a new perspective of how business systems can be applied. When we shared our experiences during our first event this past May with local industry businesses, we were blown away at the feedback:
“We look forward to implementing some of the materials from this event with the team at Lywood!”
Chief Estimator, Lywood
“It’s great to see a company with the understanding that every employee plays a role in marketing and sales”
“Great presentation! We are really interested in learning more about the Untangled Minds Foundation – would be a great opportunity for our business!”
During the event we examined key client generating areas of business such as Marketing, Pre-Sales, Sales, Servicing, and Client for Life and took a closer look at business challenges and client needs that identify:
Key areas in your systems that would build your business into a profit center
Pressure points to focus on in your current business systems to ramp up your client generation and better qualify them
Network with other professionals in your industry
Guest speakers Jennifer Tibbs and international speaker and author Rosanna Boersma also spoke on the importance of these systems and how our personalities play a role in our successes as a team and in working with our clients.
What’s to Come?
JOIN US for our next event, How to Convert More Prospects into Clients Faster! If you thought this event was interesting, wait until we get into more detail and dissect what makes a business successful!
For more details contact Jennifer Beletsky at 410.479.4700 or join our network and subscribe to our email newsletters to keep up to date on events HERE!
Posted May 12th, 2017 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Uncategorized
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When you were a child, did you dream of owning a home with a bowling alley or movie theater or greenhouse in your home?
Do you still want one?
Housed under this beautiful 40,000 square foot home rests a racquetball court, bowling alley, media room and more! What could they POSSIBLY be missing?
During construction of their dream home the architect was tasked with designing several of the home’s unique rooms; then the idea of a greenhouse arose so the architect reached out to partner with Tanglewood to take over this aspect of the renovations!
The client had big ideas, dreaming of an old world industrial look with a twist – but how do you incorporate almost impossible elements designed over 100 years ago?
We laboriously researched books of old buildings and historic old world greenhouses that inspired our designs and as the great conservatories and greenhouses stood long ago, this greenhouse would reflect a decorative steel structure with curved rooflines bringing a “light” feel to the room.
The use of circular motifs in the steel beams, stained glass and in the architectural details lighten the framework. The copper roof and dark stained mahogany on the interior and exterior and gutters disappear into the open glass room. As elements came together the greenhouse held a transparent feel, just as old world conservatories/greenhouses had displayed.
Now take a closer look…
Specially requested by the client, designed within the stained glass and steel beams four leaf clovers showcase her native Ireland, bring a piece of her into its structure.
No matter the lengths we are dedicated to our partnerships with our clients and our partners to turn every dream into a reality. Our skilled craftsman’s strong background in historic structures allows us to relate, NOT replicate, each and every design, creating TRUE ONE OF A KIND works of art.
Are you ready to take the next step?
Let’s get your dream started – Call us at 410.479.4700 and click here to get your project started!
Posted May 4th, 2017 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Uncategorized
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Imagine… getting a letter years later from a client who falls more deeply in love with the home you designed and built for them; thanking you and telling you how they still appreciate the small details and added time you put in at the beginning to give them added benefits of discovering new details in the project as the months and years march on.
Trout Design is dedicated to bringing this kind of added value to all those they serve. NOT ONE PROJECT THE SAME, quality and value is what drives them to create beautiful architecture for those in the D.C. area and throughout the country. Their most recent project led them to partner with Tanglewood to create a unique conservatory to maximize the amount of light entering the heart of the client’s home.
“Our clients had just moved back to Washington D.C. from California. Although the property they found did not meet all of their criteria, we helped them see the potential for extraordinary unrealized outdoor space on the roof and they fell in love with the house and the potential there. They love spending time in the sun and gardening, we want to bring them a space that combines their passions and allows them to do what they love year round.”
To combine their love of natural light and gardening, Trout Design developed the concept to construct a glass penthouse/greenhouse roosting above the main central staircase of the home leading to a full roof garden! This design will be a first for Trout and Tanglewood, but when talking with Michael we can hear the excitement in his voice and are ready to take on the opportunity.
“Although we face some challenges such as zoning and historic preservation ahead of us, the main reason we partnered with Tanglewood was due to their extraordinary problem solving partnership and their specific expertise in glazing. We welcome them as a partner for design. Their commitment to extraordinary detail and unique capability to customize work, fitting with our philosophy of adding unique detail and thus value to our work, is very valuable to us as it aligns with our goal in providing the highest quality and project value to our clients. We believe that even the way you make a simple joint can be a work of art and Tanglewood shares that vision with us.”
With this intimate scale of a project, HOW each element of the conservatory is crafted is extremely important. In designing this concept, Michael and his team thought about how their client would experience the pathway up through the home to the roof deck, the conservatory skylight on the deck itself, and how the introduction of natural light will affect the quality of life throughout the entire house as this element transforms the existing dark central circulation core to a light filled escalier. By placing the roof lantern in the central part of the home, the interior is flooded with natural light. It’s attention to details like this that allow Trout to bring unique value to their clients for years to come.
As our partnership develops, we are excited to see this project to hit the drawing board! To LEARN MORE about Trout Design or to start a project of your own, don’t hesitate to give Trout Design a call, fill out our contact form, or visit www.troutdesign.com!