The Rhode Show recently featured the building complex known as the The Design Exchange on its daily television program. Formerly a mill, the building is situated in the historic section of Pawtucket, Rhode Island and is occupied by designers from multiple disciplines. The complex is envisioned as a live / work community that will compliment Pawtucket’s art community and revive the city's downtown.
The four-story building at 161 Exchange Street is the home of glass painter Lolita, interior designers Hollester Interiors, industrial designers Fuzion Design, and LLB Architects who developed and renovated the building. Each floor is a 5,000 square foot space that provides for an open, collaborative studio environment. LLB Architects designed the building's elevator, central stairs, and restrooms to be located in the center of the building thus allowing for the perimeter to be open and more useful. Using state and federal historic tax credits for the project, LLB Architects maintained the historic nature of the building while including modern details and amenities.
Malcolm Grear Designers collaborated with LLB Architects to design the identity of the building which is cut out of the steel canopy that graces the main entrance. In addition, the studio designed the building's interior wayfinding system and the visual identity for LLB Architects.