Studio 626 was founded in 1994 by Christina Birkentall, NCIDQ, Reg Interior Designer, M.A.. IIDA, CKD, LEED GA. Over the years a variety of design work has been accomplished both in commercial and residential interiors. Projects are designed with sustainable and healthy materials and construction practices. Universal design concepts are utilized to provide access for a lifetime.
The design philosophy practiced keeps the client first and foremost in the process, with function and layout of the spaces being determined for the best client experience. The envelope is well detailed, as needed by the owner and the architecture. Lighting is placed with great care to enhance the textures and the beauty of the materials chosen, while providing ambient and task lighting for the user. Materials seleceted are kind to the earth and should have a spirit to invoke a desire to be touched. Furnishings may be antique or new, found or bought, but each should hold together the full design of the environment. Artwork in the space should be personal to the owner, each telling a story, worth sharing.
Chris currently teaches Interior Design at the University of Kentucky in the College of Design. She has also taught as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Rochester Institute of Technology in the School of Design, Interiors, along with colleges in Chicago, IL. Courses include: Intro, Design Issues, Color and Lighting, Product Design, Materials and Specifications, Business Practices, Career Planning, Retail Design, Healthcare Design, Retail Design, Special Projects.
Pictured above is a residence Master Bath in Wicker Park, Chicago, IL