Kanawha Design Studio is a design firm that supports happy and successful coworking and coliving communities.
We do this by creating experiential identities, inhabitable spaces and working systems for intentional live and work communities. We do this through design, technology, systems and business plans - we help our communities by providing the tools
While our projects are diverse in discipline and scope, we build all of our projects on creativity, invention, process and a holistic collaboration with human beings, their communities and environments.
What We Do
We do all kinds of things. We are at our best when we are able to hack away at an entire project, using all of our skills. To be specific, here are some of the things that we do:
Systems - Every intentional community needs systems to help its members access information, shared resources and all of the things that a space has to offer. This can include the baseline tasks of operations, such as keycard access and on boarding processes or the bigger questions, such as how to open a space.
Architectural Design - If you have a great space, great people and great furniture, but you aren’t sure how to make people comfortable in a space, we can help.
Visual Culture - We think of this as the graphic design of the space. Do you need good signage to help your members be productive in the community? Do you need a little help showing them how to find their way? This can be an elegant tool for supporting members and adding class to your space.
Consultation - Sometimes, just the prospect of finding a design professional is daunting. We can write a creative brief or a comprehensive RFP to help you communicate what you need and get comprehensive, comparable bids. We act as a design liaison to facilitate the process of finding a designer of any discipline. For example, we can help large spaces get competitive bids from Environmental Graphic Designers, Brand and Identity Design studios and Interior Designers.
Technology - Because we operate in interactive spaces and built environments, we can also translate three-dimensional design into two-dimensional graphics for print or web. This can include printed booklets that tell the story of artists' work, drafting, technical drawings, branding style guides, 3D models or even augmented and mixed reality to show products and designs.