QUOTES FROM CLIENTS

“Kelie has a unique talent that melds art and design together into a seamless space.  As an art collector and board member of SFMOMA, I wanted an office space that could feature my collection as well as support changing exhibitions.  She created a customized space to showcase art and effectively function as our office space.  Kelie created a unique floor plan and architecture which was complimented by her custom designed furniture, carpets and vignettes for permanent commissioned artwork.”

 

- Stuart Peterson, CEO, Artis Capital Management

 

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“The design and ambiance of the office has had an impact on recruiting talented employees to our organization, especially the younger generation.”

 

- Dan Sharp, Director of Facilities Management , Gulf South Pipeline

 

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“It was very important to create a brand for the space that tied back to the evolution of our company and the interiors of our office space reinforces Gulf South Pipeline’s rich heritage.”

 

- Rolf Gavert, Former CEO and Board Member of Gulf South Pipeline

 

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“MaRS designed an inspiring space for our firm and helped to establish a brand for our office environment that reflects the personalities of our partners. MaRS was able to meld architecture, furniture and art to create a memorable office space that distinguishes our company from our competitors.”

 

- J McLane, Managing Director of Lime Rock Partners

 

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“I am very proud of our office environment that Kelie and Erick designed. The design subtly brands our company and I enjoy being able to tell a story about my office space and how it relates to my core business.”

 

- Gene Van Dyke, CEO  Van Dyke Energy (formerly Vanco Energy)

 

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“Kelie and Erick are an amazing duo and compliment one another very well. They  designed and delivered a project on time and within budget and it was impeccably executed.”

 

- Renee Baker Director of Facilities Management  PanAtlantic Exploration (formerly Vanco Energy)

 

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“I have had the privilege of working with MaRS on the design and build-out of my growing company.  In every project, MaRS routinely exceeded my expectations.  A unique aspect of MaRS is their commitement to integrating art, including emerging local artists, and storytelling to their architectural projects.”

 

-  Bobby Tudor, CEO, Tudor, Pickering Holt & Co.

 

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“The MaRS team has a unique talent for producing projects that meld art and design into a seamless space on any type of budget.  As art collectors and active memebers on the board of the CAMH and Blaffer Gallery, we found that MaRS has a keen sense of reinterprreting a client’s program into a creative artistic design solution.  They are always striving to push the boundary between art and architecture into a seamless entity.”

 

- J.B. Fairbanks, Managing Partner, Private Equity Fund

 

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Complementing its core creative services, the firm also designs furniture, provides graphic design  and branding  services and  “Kelie and her team are able to design a project for any budget.  She designed and project managed our original buildout which has been a spectacular office space that we are very proud to work in and to show off to our clients.  The MaRS team proved that excellence in design can be achieved on an inexpensive buildout they designed and managed for a new group we added to our growing company.”

 

- Kevin Howard, Managing Director RBS (Royal Bank of Scotland) Houston

 

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“We knew what we wanted, an office design that provides efficient and functional space planning, however we achieved much more than that, the design was cleverly thought out, with timeless features and use of colours that add many dimensions to our open plan area. The reception area is a real talking point, for all the right reasons, the cluster of light bulbs above our reception desks, not only conveys the energy market that we work in, but also demonstrates one of our company’s core values, energy. In short the features, design and finishes are beautiful, our staff love their office and they are proud to bring people to it, I am just sorry that I have to work in our London office which looks pretty boring in comparison.”

 

- Michelle Cullen, Director of Property, SThree Pic

 

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“Managing a project from London is always challenging, however Mars were able to provide excellent on line tools, which meant we could change and create a fantastic workable space together.  They were exited about using the European style furniture we requested, and where able to add their own flair with a fantastic colour palette.  We were kept informed of any changes and challenges throughout the project, Mars  offered practical solutions and were able to deliver the project within budget.”

 

- Ingrid Stuart, Head of Property, SThree Pic

 

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“When I first entered my Ragni-designed home, I knew immediately that it was the one for me. It looked like an impeccably tailored Armani suit, with an attention to detail I have rarely seen. Three years into ownership, I still marvel at the light-flooded interiors, clean lines, and thoughtful touches. The purchase of this home was the single best decision I have ever made. My family, friends, and I affectionately refer it  ‘as my happy place’.”

 

- Ellyn Wulfe, Regional Marketing Director, Gensler

 

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“After well over a year unsuccessfully looking for a house that would respond to the quality and style standards we wanted, we made a decision to build one. But we still had to decide who was to design it and help us through the process. We were (and are!) busy people with no much time to spend checking on a construction. We met Erick’s work during a Houston Architecture tour, and rapidly became impressed by the clean lines and spaces of the contemporary style house he showed. We met with him once and talked about the specific features of our property, expectations and budget constraints, and by the end of that meeting we had come up to an agreement. He came up with a great project, introduced us to a few experienced and quality builders, and eventually moved to construction. Throughout our interaction with him, Eric showed himself as extremely professional, knowledgeable, and rigorous, willing to listen and accept some things while explaining why some others would not work. He closely monitored progress as expected and acted in our behalf and helped resolve things when inevitable conflicts during construction arose. We find no better compliment than to say that more than a year after moving into our new house, we would gladly repeat the experience again, and Erick would be our man!”

 

- Marisa Lozano, Department of Urology, M. D. Anderson

 

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"We love working with MaRS. Their design solutions are elegant and innovative; but most importantly we know we can rely on Kelie and Erick to get involved in every detail and make sure things get done properly. Their passion for design and customer service are exactly what we need from our design partners."

 

– Andrés Fernández Cueto, Real Estate Services - Sr. Architect, SVP