Interior Design

VMDO designs artful interior environments that are able to comfortably host a variety of personalities and experiences – allowing different needs at different times to find their place within a building.

Environmental Graphic Design

For today’s educational and community environments, flexibility is key. Interior environments should be carefully designed to ensure use and enjoyment by a wide variety of users while maintaining aesthetic quality and architectural integration into the wider building program. Particularly for the educational environments that VMDO designs, interior spaces must serve the unique needs of students, teachers, staff, and community members – all of whom occupy different backgrounds and, at any given time, use interior furnishings and spaces for a wide variety of purposes.  Balancing the priorities of the client, building type, and program, VMDO’s designers are able to develop a range of moods within a space or spatial adjacencies – balancing, for instance, the sense of calm and privacy needed for reading or study in a quiet setting with the energy and openness needed for collaboration and learning in a large group.

Coordinating careful textile, carpet, paint, and furniture selection as well as collaborating with craftspeople and artisans to create signature interior moments, VMDO draws out what is special about a place to create interior environments that are inviting and inspirational for a range of institutions and communities. On a national scale, we are invested in following and contributing to research efforts that expand our understanding of how interior design strategies – such as daylighting, color and materiality choices, ergonomic furniture options, and active spaces – can enhance health, happiness, productivity, and longevity.  Working with an in-house specifications expert, we translate this research into practice by specifying furnishings and materials that are both environmentally sustainable (with low or no VOCs) and contribute to physiological and psychological healthful effects.

Integrated into each of our studios and advocacies, VMDO’s interior design services ensure that the quality and character of interior spaces are prioritized and incorporated into the greater architectural story of a building.

For today’s educational and community environments, flexibility is key. Interior environments should be carefully designed to ensure use and enjoyment by a wide variety of users while maintaining aesthetic quality and architectural integration into the wider building program. Particularly for the educational environments that VMDO designs, interior spaces must serve the unique needs of students, teachers, staff, and community members – all of whom occupy different backgrounds and, at any given time, use interior furnishings and spaces for a wide variety of purposes.  Balancing the priorities of the client, building type, and program, VMDO’s designers are able to develop a range of moods within a space or spatial adjacencies – balancing, for instance, the sense of calm and privacy needed for reading or study in a quiet setting with the energy and openness needed for collaboration and learning in a large group.

Coordinating careful textile, carpet, paint, and furniture selection as well as collaborating with craftspeople and artisans to create signature interior moments, VMDO draws out what is special about a place to create interior environments that are inviting and inspirational for a range of institutions and communities. On a national scale, we are invested in following and contributing to research efforts that expand our understanding of how interior design strategies – such as daylighting, color and materiality choices, ergonomic furniture options, and active spaces – can enhance health, happiness, productivity, and longevity.  Working with an in-house specifications expert, we translate this research into practice by specifying furnishings and materials that are both environmentally sustainable (with low or no VOCs) and contribute to physiological and psychological healthful effects.

Integrated into each of our studios and advocacies, VMDO’s interior design services ensure that the quality and character of interior spaces are prioritized and incorporated into the greater architectural story of a building.

Recent Work

Buckingham County Primary + Elementary Schools

Buckingham County Primary + Elementary Schools

The former middle and high school buildings, built in 1954 and 1962 respectively, are transformed into…

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Virginia Commonwealth University Basketball Development Center

Virginia Commonwealth University Basketball Development Center

The VCU Basketball Development Center is designed as a place of pride and inspiration for players and…

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Recent Blog Posts

Discovery Elementary School Interiors

This article originally appeared in the March 2016 issue of School Planning & Management magazine.

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