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Our commercial services.

Restaurants, Retail, Workspaces

Commercial

We build dynamic, multidisciplinary teams customized for the needs of your project. Whether you are starting from scratch opening your first space, or updating your existing brick-and-mortar location, we’ll collaborate with you to design a commercial experience true to your brand and values.

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Cafés, Bars, Third Places, Retail Environments

Restaurants & Retail

In our digitally-focused world, the design of brick-and-mortar spaces is more important than ever. Our integrated architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture teams design holistic, stimulating experiences for your restaurant or retail space, enticing visitors to return again and again, and to share their excitement about your business organically.

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Hybrid Workspace, Open Plan, Private Offices, Coworking

Offices & Workspaces

Though the landscape of in-person offices and workspaces is changing, the essentials remain the same: you need a place where you, your team, and your guests can feel both comfortable and productive. From coworking spaces to private office build-outs, we create welcoming workspaces that suit your unique needs and help you get your work done well.

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Our commercial portfolio projects.

A bookstore coffee shop on Capitol Hill. – Interior design and retail interiors by Board & Vellum.
New
A New Take on a Classic Capitol Hill Café

Fuel Coffee on 19th

Two Seattle brands come together in a reimagined space highlighting the best of both: lively, energetic Fuel Coffee and quirky, homey Ada’s Technical Books and Café.

Seven Starlings Workloft – Board & Vellum
Brand Identity & Interiors for a Boutique Coworking Space

Seven Starlings Workloft

An immersive brand experience for a commercial space anchored in a conceptual exploration of biomimicry and emergence, brought to life by an integrated brand and interiors team.

The point of sale counter at Armistice Coffee and Cocktails, located at the Lucille on Roosevelt.
TI Build-Out for a Modern Coffee Lounge

Armistice Coffee & Cocktail Bar

In the corner commercial space in the Lucille apartments, this hybrid coffeehouse/bar offers drinks and treats with the vibe of a European café.

WG Clark Office Lobby Interiors
Commercial Office Interiors

W.G. Clark Lobby

Inside a midcentury modern building with landmark status, this Pacific Northwest Modern commercial lobby is flush with natural materials and carefully-crafted details.

Footprint Wine Tap – Wine Bar Capitol Hill – Board & Vellum
TI for a Wine Bar on Capitol Hill

Footprint Wine Tap

This wine bar on Capitol Hill in Seattle advocates for sustainable principles and the design of their new space reflects it with salvaged, reused, and rescued materials large and small.

Atulea Tea Shop – Board & Vellum – Commercial Interior Design
Tenant Improvement for a Cheese Tea Shop

Atulea Tea Shop

This cheery tea shop on Capitol Hill in Seattle features dramatic wallpaper to catch your eye and draw you in to experience its perky “beach chic” vibe.

Our commercial posts.

Ask an Architect, Commercial

Immediate Solutions for Socially Distant Retail

It has been a tough road for small businesses over the last few months dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic. For those small businesses fighting to stay in business, the opportunity to pivot and re-open in some form is upon us. Facing this daunting challenge, where do you even start? This post is for you.

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Commercial

The Rebirth of the American Workplace

Recommendations and trends in commercial office design shift in response to cultural norms, technology, and working styles. Following the 2020 pandemic, how might the design of commercial offices adapt this time? On the spectrum from open office concept, through vast fields of cubicles, to private offices, where will we land?

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Commercial, Interior Design, Third Places

The Personalized Hospitality Experience

Before Covid-19 shifted our world, personalized hospitality experiences, like private dining rooms and by-appointment-only shopping, were considered luxuries reserved only for an elite few. But, with social distancing recommendations in place — driven first by necessity and later by comfort — it’s possible some of these once-elite experiences become more common. Here’s a look at how some of this could evolve.

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Commercial, Interior Design, Third Places

Commercial Design in the Age of Social Distancing

As commercial spaces slowly re-open, businesses and clientele have to take extra precautions because these spaces were designed to operate in a pre-pandemic world. This post is part of a series on how design for commercial spaces may evolve due to the Covid-19 pandemic, either by requirement or by cultural shift.

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Commercial, Third Places

5 Things You Need to Know About Opening Your First Commercial Space

Especially if it’s your first, opening a commercial space is a big deal and takes no shortage of knowledge or planning to pull off without too much trouble, or too much time lost. Here are five things to keep in mind when taking your new commercial space from concept to doors-open.

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Commercial, Third Places

Creating Intentional Interactions Through Design

When we’re designing spaces like coffee shops, bars, offices, and even yards, it’s key to create a space where people can have casual and occasional interactions. Here’s a little about how we go about designing spaces that promote interaction between strangers.

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Our commercial sustainability practices.

Certified Passive House Consultant

Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC)

Board & Vellum principal Jeff Pelletier, and a growing number of our team members, are Certified Passive House Consultants (CPHCs). Passive House is a science-based approach to sustainable design.

LEED Certified

LEED Certified by the U.S. Green Building Council

Our team consists of several LEED-accredited professionals who possess comprehensive knowledge of contemporary sustainable practices.

Our commercial recognition stories.

Board & Vellum is on the list of Best Retail Architects in Seattle, vetted and compiled by Seattle Architects.

The Best Retail Architects in Seattle

Board & Vellum is on the list of Best Retail Architects in Seattle, vetted and compiled by Seattle Architects. With architecture, interiors, and landscape in-house we can be the agile team you need to create your brick-and-mortar retail space.

Best Restaurant Architects in Seattle: Board & Vellum makes the 2020 list.

Best Restaurant Architects in Seattle: Seattle Architects’ 2020 List

Seattle Architects includes Board & Vellum on their list of the 15 Best Restaurant Architects in Seattle in 2020.

Board & Vellum makes Expertise’s list of the Best Architects in Seattle, 2020.

Best Architects in Seattle: Expertise’s 2020 List

Expertise examined 138 architecture firms in the Seattle area and selected only 19 to make their list of Best Architects in Seattle, including Board & Vellum.

Board & Vellum comes in at #3 on Fresh Chalk’s 2020 List of Best Seattle Architects.

Best Seattle Architects: Fresh Chalk’s 2020 List

Board & Vellum comes in at #3 on Fresh Chalk’s 2020 List of Best Seattle Architects.

BUILD Sustainable Building Awards: Board & Vellum honored as

BUILD Sustainable Building Awards 2019

We’re honored that BUILD magazine has named us the "Architecture & Interior Design Firm of the Year" in Washington state in their Sustainable Building Awards, 2019.

Board & Vellum ranked on the Best Residential Architect in Seattle and Best Restaurant Architect in Seattle lists.

#1 Best Residential Architect & #5 Best Restaurant Architect in Seattle

Seattle Architects ranks Board & Vellum as #1 on their list of Best Residential Architects, and #5 for Best Restaurant Architects in Seattle.

Our commercial team team members.

Jeff Pelletier – Managing Principal and Founder of Board & Vellum

Jeff Pelletier, AIA, CPHC®

Managing Principal, Founder

In 2011, Jeff founded Board & Vellum in his attic and has forged ahead with excitement ever since. Architecture aside, he is a huge advocate for traveling, and takes LEGO really seriously.

Zack Thomas – Principal, Landscape & Site Design at Board & Vellum

Zack Thomas, PLA

Principal, Landscape & Site Design

Zack co-launched B&V’s ”Site Design Studio,” and is excited to take on landscape projects of all shapes, sizes, and scales. He loves to get out of the city on weekends and makes a point of traveling to another country each year.

Kristin Jensen – Director of Interior Design at Board & Vellum

Kristin Jensen, LEED AP ID+C

Director, Interior Design

Kristin’s passion for interior design is complemented by her love of the outdoors. When she’s not riding her bike or doing other cliché PNW things, you can find her in the kitchen, listening to podcasts and cooking up a storm.

Yi-Chun Lin, NCARB, NOMA – Director of Integrated Practice at Board & Vellum

Yi-Chun Lin, NCARB, NOMA

Director, Integrated Practice

Motivated by curiosity to connect culture, environment, and human experience through design, Yi-Chun’s generalist experience is expressed through a range of project typologies. An avid reader, seeker of metaphors, and food enthusiast, she revels finding beauty in simplicity.

Brian Baker – Meet a B&V'er – Board & Vellum Team

Brian Baker, AIA

Senior Associate, Architect

Brian has over a decade of residential design and construction experience. Beyond architecture, Brian is our resident music fanatic, and a Vienna Secession art and design obsessive.

Chris Parker – Meet a B&V'er – Board & Vellum Team

Chris Parker, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Senior Associate, Architect

Chris is dedicated to community engagement and equity through architectural design. Besides his passion for architecture, he loves cooking Hawaiian food, and trying local microbrews.

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Our Story

Board & Vellum is a young and vibrant firm built on the idea that an informed and engaged team leads to better design and happy clients. We wouldn’t be where we are today without passion and hard work, and those same two things keep us going strong today.

Our Process

Bringing your project from “idea” to fruition is a little different at Board & Vellum. We give personal care to each of our projects, and you’ll be in the loop every step the way. The bonus: we are an integrated firm, so each project has access to plenty of great knowledge — and that leads to better design.

Considering a project? Or, just curious about something?

Send us your questions about design, architecture, interiors, landscape, LEGO rooms… Anything, really. We’re always eager to meet new people, and we’d love to get to know you, your project, and your goals.

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