MADE IN BERWYN / illustrated poster - 2015
Jessica Calek and I purchased a bungalow in Berwyn in the summer of 2014. Her family has had ties in Berwyn for close to a century, and, after running the 22 storefront gallery in Berwyn and becoming involved in the community, we knew we wanted to stay here. Berwyn is known for its huge amount of Chicago-style bungalows, an iconic architectural archetype from the early part of the twentieth century. We bought a bungalow with the intention of modernizing the space while remaining faithful to the historic nature of the design. To document our fascination with the iconic bungalow form, I drew this detailed exploded axonometric diagram of our house.
It's available to buy as a high-quality 11" x 17" print, printed beautifully on thick matte cardstock by our friends at Active Printing in Cicero. Just click here to visit our mail order store.
The poster initially began life as a promotional piece for the Streeting Design studio, in which a simpler version of the bungalow illustration showcased my interests in architectural renderings and infographics. This early drawing was heavily expanded for the Berwyn poster to feature the bungalow itself in more detail, as well as a series of bungalow-specific callouts, ranging from furniture and lighting fixtures to snow removal and artwork storage. The bungalow is an iconic form itself, but, as we've discovered in our first year of owning one, some of the experiences of life in a bungalow are equally iconic and universal, and these scenes are suggested in the poster.
The poster itself was designed and illustrated using a combination of Illustrator, Photoshop, pen and ink lines, digital coloring, halftones, and an afternoon in which I walked around the house meticulously trying to figure out how all the spaces fit together...
The poster is accompanied by further axonometric diagrams of various rooms around the house, including our two studios, the kitchen, and the rather creepy cellar that seems to be a feature of early twentieth-century bungalows. Taken together with the poster itself, these drawings are the beginning of a research-based body of work examining the iconic visual identity of the bungalow form and an exploration of what could be done with that form in the future.