Life Rolls On, a subsidiary of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, works to inspire others to see the boundless possibilities beyond paralysis through adaptive sports programs such as surfing, skateboarding and skiing. Giving careful consideration to the organization’s fiscal limitations and environmental responsibilities, Sarah Barnard Design re-used the building’s existing carpet, specified inexpensive materials and rallied donations of recycled items and labor. Inspired by LRO’s signature adaptive surf/skate program, the design is a catalyst of hope, creating a fun, energetic space that includes columns and counters made from salvaged skateboards and surfboards painted by LRO youth and a graphic timeline chronicling LRO’s history and achievements. Combining local and non-toxic materials with salvaged finishes and fixtures, SBD’s design reinforces the organization’s core purpose of promoting accessibility, interaction and wellness.
SBD worked closely with the organization to understand their specific needs, as well as their core mission so that the design solutions would promote that mission. Throughout the design process, SBD sought to create better working environments, focusing on ergonomics, daylighting, indoor air quality and human connectivity. The space is designed to foster community within the organization and by extension to the people they service.
Sarah Barnard is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), is certified by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), and is recognized by the International Institute for Bau-Biologie & Ecology as a Building Biology Practitioner (BBP) and by the United States Green Building Council as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP). She has served on the Santa Monica Conservancy's board of directors and specializes in sustainable interior design and historic preservation.
Interior Design: Sarah Barnard Design www.sarahbarnard.com
Custom Skateboard Tile: Art of Board www.artofboard.com
Signage: Signarama Santa Monica www.signarama-sm.com
Life Rolls On: wwww.liferollson.org
Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation www.christopherreeve.org
Photography: Chas Metivier www.metivierphoto.com