An Architect’s Inspiration: Interview with Satoi Akimoto

MSA Staff | By Murdock Solon Architects |

Satoi Akimoto

Talking with Satoi Akimoto about his inspiration is inspirational in itself. Satoi, a lead architect at MSA, has led and contributed to several projects, including… While the work stands for itself and is quite obvious in its creativity as a whole, the entirety is not Satoi's objective. As he carefully selects words to describe his creative philosophy, it becomes clear that its in the details that he finds his inspiration.


551 West 21st Street Featured in The New York Times

General Interest | By Murdock Solon Architects |


  New developments are rising in the city and thus the collaboration of the favored in architecture, design, and art. The new 44-unit condo at 551 West 21st Street is no exception, thanks to the inclusion of 303 Gallery on the ground and mezzanine levels. Murdock Solon Architects designed the gallery's previous space at 547 West 21st Street and is currently in progress at the new location. The 19-story building, designed by Foster and Partners, was recently featured in The New York Times  The article highlights the building's own exceptional design details, including "windows trimmed inside and out with gold-colored metal, living rooms with white-oak herringbone floors and kitchens with marble counters." The concrete-panel facade is designed to help the building stand out from other developments in the neighborhood.  303 Gallery, owned and directed by Lisa Spellman, will occupy 11,000 square feet of the new space and will take advantage of the building's unique trapezoidal footprint. Divided into a rectangle and a triangle, all the vertical circulation is located within the triangle. This allows for maximum height and incredible illumination from the glass facade. The remaining rectangle space will be utilized for the gallery's primary functions.  The interior palette will complement the use of concrete Read more


Selections from ICFF

General Interest, Interior Design | By Murdock Solon Architects |


The Murdock Solon Architects staff attended the 27th Annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in New York City May 16-19. With more than 600 exhibitors, the range of styles, materials, and talent was paramount. Below are a few of the trends spotted and favorites selected by Murdock Solon Architects.  BOLD, BRIGHT, AND GEOMETRIC 1. Tilework was exceptional this year, and we especially appreciated the patterns from Ornamenta, an Italian company. 2. We couldn't help but be mesmerized by the gorgeous wallpapers from Calico. The brand's exquisite gradients would add life to any room. MESH COVERED AND LINEAR LIGHTING 3. The unique designs of Metropolis Factory certainly brightened our day, which included the Titus Drum Light shown above. 4. Certainly an ongoing trend, linear light fixtures were in abundance this year. Our favorites included Stickbulb, AlexAllen Studio, and Luke Lamp Co. 5. For larger scale spaces, we appreciated the minimalist designs by Apparatus.  RETRO RETURNS 6. We were thrilled to see the return of the Drop™ chair by Fritz Hansen. Originally a 1958 design, the chair is now available again in six different colors.   7. We also welcome from a bit further back old porcelan light switches from Fontini. Their unique look adds a Read more


MSA Featured as Employer of the Day

General Interest | By Murdock Solon Architects |


Archinect, the top online destination for progressive-design oriented students, architects, educators, and fans, featured Murdock Solon Architects as the Employer of the Day and in the Weekly Round-Up. MSA is proud to have incredibly talented team members. The firm fosters a creative and energetic work environment designed to provide our clients with high-quality, exceptional work.


Architectural Digest Home Show Staff Picks

General Interest | By Murdock Solon Architects |


At this year's Architectural Digest Home Show, held March 20-23 at Pier 94 in New York City, the staff at Murdock Solon Architects selected a few of its favorite exhibitions. From built-in-countertop espresso machines to gorgeously detailed handmade furniture, the show offered a plethora of inspiration for upcoming projects.


Enrique Chagoya Exhibition at George Adams Gallery

Gallery News, General Interest | By Murdock Solon Architects |

George Adams Gallery NYC

George Adams Gallery, designed by Murdock Solon Architects, is currently exhibiting the works of Enrique Chagoya January 16 through February 22. Chagoya describes his work as a "visual reflection on various, and often opposite, cultural realities." Born and raised in Mexico City and now a professor at Stanford, Chagoya often highlights the ongoing strife between the United States and Latin America.


As Seen in The New York Times

General Interest | By Murdock Solon Architects |


Following the article "Townhouse Turnaround" by Constance Rosenblum featured in The New York Times this month, Murdock Solon Architects would like to share similar projects that we have come to specialize in over the last 10 years; converting former three-family brownstones to sensitively updated, well-designed homes that serve the needs of growing families.


MSA Featured in Design Bureau

Press | By Murdock Solon Architects |


Look for Murdock Solon Architects in this month's issue of Design Bureau magazine, featuring our Outside Edit + Design project. On the penthouse floor of a SoHo cast-iron building, this production studio represents a unique balance of historic preservation, innovative technology and warm interiors. The studio desired a light, loft-like setting that also met specific technical requirements for video and sound editing. Our solution was to construct a "house" with unique rooms for different functions.