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Parti Model from a partner

This is a model Hope Talley made for me, based on my concept of ‘layered color’. It’s a nice light filter that when rotated in front of a light source will create different effects. Very nice!

Parti Model for a partner

This is a model I made to help illustrate an idea for Hope Talley. The painting she was working off of for inspiration had a  strong element of veticality and repition in lines. Even though this was a qucik, 30 minute model, I still think it came out looking rather nice.

Sketch Models

During an in class design charrette, I developed three sketch models showing light, color, and texture as informed by my design parti.






DESIGN PARTI : Ranch Process Development

As I undertake the process of designing the interior for the Ranch house, a design ‘PARTI’ was developed. What is a parti? As defined by par-ti –noun Architecture .the basic scheme or concept of an architectural design. Okay, simple enough, except that the design of this house must be informed by Kerkam’s self-portrait from 1950.

This drawing illustrates how the floor plan of the house is essentially broken into almost equal halves public and private spaces. Where the tow overlap is in the hallway and in the bathroom of course.

A little more detailed look at it.

This is the drawing I have arrived at to be the visual representation of my ‘PARTI’ for the ranch house interior as inspired by Earl Kerkam’s 1950 self-portrait.

My drawing of Kerkam’s painting. My intent was to get inside Kerkam’s mind, and to begin to understand what he was thinking about when he made his painting.

Based on my memory, this sketch was done in an effort to try to get some ideas out.

Ranch Project

With this project, I face the challenge of using a painting as inspiration for my interior design of a mid-century ranch in Greensboro. At first glance I thought it may be a stretch to try to draw parallels between a self-portrait oil painting and a residential interior, but the more I thought about it, the more comfortable I became with the idea. The painting is a self-portrait done in 1950, by the American painter Earl Kerkam. The painting has many layers wich come together to create an abstracted image of a man. The power of using multiple layers of color and expression to convey something anyone can recognize and that we are all familiar with is prominent in the painting and will be prominent in my interior design of the Lowenstein ranch.  This was my first stab at bridging the gap between the two…



(American, 1891-1965)


This self portrait by Kerkam is a deep and expressive piece filled with many layers. It stood out to me in the gallery because it was one of the only pieces that had the human figure. But lets be honest, this isn’t the typical human figure painting you might imagine. When I first saw the painting from a distance, I clearly recognized that I was looking at a portrait of an older man. It wasn’t until I looked more closely that I realized that this image of a man was almost barely there. Heavy brush strokes and the use of layered tones of blues and reds convey an emotional representation of the man.

Inspired by Kerkam’s 1950 Self Portrait, I will focus on the use of layered color and the control of light and shadows as the impetus for my ranch house design. While I will not attempt to carry over the dark and somber feel of the painting into my ranch design, I am however very interested in drawing on the distortion of the normal, and the bold expression that speaks loudly in this masterful painting.


– Jeff Linn

Bungalow Dining Room Process

In every design project I’ve ever done,  I don’t think I’ve ever taken the exact same path twice.