Launch Slideshow

Arquitectonica Designs New Line of Scarves and Ties

Arquitectonica Designs New Line of Scarves and Ties

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    Robin Hill

    Arquitectonica headquarters' front gate in Miami
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    Tie in the Vitruvius pattern
  • United States Federal Courthouse, Miami, Florida, 9750

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    Franklin County Courthouse in Columbus, Ohio
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    Tie in the Courthouse pattern
  • The Bronx Museum of the Arts Expansion, New York, New York, 2068

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    Bronx Museum in New York
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    Tie in the Bronx Museum pattern
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    South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center in Miami
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    Tie in the South Dade pattern
  • The Westin New York at Times Square, New York, New York, 9432, 9837

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    Westin Times Square in New York
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    Tie in 42nd Street pattern
  • United States Embassy, Lima, Peru, 8818

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    US Embassy in Lima, Peru
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    Tie in Embassy pattern

It doesn’t take much prompting for an architect to design a motif for a façade and then to look down and think, “I wonder how that would look on my clothes.” (After all, Frank Lloyd Wright’s obsession with design extended beyond houses and furnishings to his own cape and hat.)

For years, Laurinda Spear, FAIA, founding principal of Miami-based Arquitectonica, has dreamed up patterns for projects as well as products: watches, pens, furniture. Her most recent line of architect-designed objects, created with her intern–architect daughter, Marisa Fort, includes a new line of silk scarves and ties inspired by the firm’s own projects.

Lima (shown), one of the four patterns in her 2013 line, derives from a polychrome glass screen in the lobby of the 2011 Westin Hotel & Convention Center in Lima, Peru. Another, Vitruvius, is a reinterpretation of the firm’s own front gate (itself inspired by the Roman architect).

Spear recently exhibited a book of her patterns at this year’s Printsource, a convention in New York for textile and surface design, and hints at future goods and partnerships. “There should be a seamless transition from architecture to fashion,” she says. “We accomplish this by translating architectural elements into pattern designs.”