Museum Modern in South St Louis City

In 2021, I trademarked the phrase Museum Modern based on a style reminiscent of Mid-Century Modern (Circa 1950-1970). The famous style still has merit and is cherished by a new generation of young people in the new 21st century. Museum Modern adds a layer on top of the original style, with a concentration of creative arts and original pieces of art incorporated within.

When a repeat client provided me with the opportunity to design their new home with a freehand for design, I applied Museum Modern as the basis for the project. The importance of sculptural geometry, nature and sustainability, and the importance of artworks inside and outdoors warrants a strong and unique approach for the project.

The exterior cubist geometry, using a variety of metal clad and large expanses of glass, create an beacon within the neighborhood. The interior is a warm natural environment with wooden floors and ceilings, tinted flooring, fine cabinetry, and artworks strategically placed for color and surprise.

The facade celebrates a home with personality,  composed of Corten steel along the first floor and silver metal at the second story. Its pair of windows framed in brass, becomes the eyes with the sculptural lips on the ground expressing a welcoming and humorous surprise.

When my clients purchased a city lot, it contained an abandoned community swimming pool. the new home hugs the water feature, with the Living and Dining rooms overlooking the stunning natural environment of the renovated garden pool and outdoor entertainment space as the main feature.

Shtick People

The Shtick People are on the move again. The 10 new figures that I executed starting in May 2017 through May of 2018 for the project entitled, Rails, Trail & Art for Art on the Square. UMB Bank sponsored the project. The ten sculptures will be installed along the the St Clair County (IL) Metrolink trail. A ribbon cutting is planned in the Autumn of 2018.

Marathon Shticks

The figures are steel with a powder-coated finish and stainless steel. This project evolved from the 2005 introduction of Marathon at Art on the Square. The fifty yellow shticks running one-way and one red figure running the opposite way was big hit. (more…)

Museum Modern TM

 READY, SET …GO!  The launch of a new project occurs in order to fill a need or when a client wants to test an idea or develop a budget and to explore territory untouched by others.  The entrepreneur forces that are creating new paradigms and new industries make for an exciting time to be at work. Architecture is changing as work, living and play places require new ways to engage and solve new issues for the users. (more…)

Photo Murals

Not too far from our office is a successful company that performs work that most of us have little knowledge.2016-02-24 09.52.39

Who repairs and paints railroad locomotives? You can’t just pull them into a local service station or paint shop like an automobile.

Located in the center of the USA, MetroEast Industries has miles of track just south of their offices in Alorton, Illinois and East St Louis, Il. They have hundreds of railcars and locomotives ready for make-overs. These vehicles arrive tired, rusted and in need of mechanical and and aesthetic repair. (more…)

Clients matter

We wish Pastor Ed Weston well as he retires from Union United Methodist Church in Belleville, Illinois. Under his leadership, the church trustees achieved many mileposts with their church building and property during a period of ten years. U-Studios was involved in many of them, including the expansion of administrative office, new entrance lobby, remodel of the sanctuary, classroom expansion and planning, children’s day care and exterior renovations. 14

Ed Weston was our liaison with the church members during the many projects. He was one of the rare clients that allowed us to do our job in planning and design, which provided a better end product. We will miss his good humor, his rapport with us and others and knowledge of the workings of the church. Thanks Ed.



The value of a sketch determines the future.Sketch

From an early age I was taught by my parents, both artists, that a small sketch or doodle, begins a process of thought and imagination. The connection between seeing and manipulating the pen or pencil by hand provides a touch of magic leading to many creative ideas. My folks referred to the small drawing as a “thumbnail sketch” which typically is a few inches in size.  The question of “What do I draw?” or “Where do I start?” may be a challenge for young and old. But the value of the first mark on a page turns into the second and then the next and next, allowing the mind and hand to develop a path towards simple line concluding with the potential of brilliance.  (more…)