Philosophy

Hufft Projects is a diverse design collective with a passion for quality craftsmanship and a keen interest in the developing role of the designer and fabricator in the modern world. Our studio is comprised of architects, artists, designers and craftsmen, whose varied mix of experience, backgrounds and areas of expertise help to define Hufft Projects’ uniquely holistic approach to design. Our formula is simple- we listen to the needs of our clients and then apply extraordinary amounts of experience, craft and technical innovation to create beautiful and thought-provoking design. We view every project and program as a new challenge, so while our basic formula stays the same, our design process is fluid and ever-changing.

The goal of our interdisciplinary approach is to bridge the gap between trades and technology to create beautiful and enduring designs.

Studios


digital studio

At Hufft Projects, we marry traditional, hand-crafted work with progressive and equally sophisticated digital technologies. We combine these skillsets to create projects that speak to a future language of craft. A 5,000 pound American born CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) router, lovingly nicknamed ‘Tiny’, has taken up residence at Hufft Projects. The machine is capable of cutting a variety of materials including solid wood, acrylic, and aluminum to accuracies of 1/1000 of an inch; approximately the width of a human hair. These abilities are utilized to expedite the production of cabinetry by cutting and pre-drilling componentry. The same abilities are also tasked in the creation of complex three dimensional geometries used for experimentation and decorative purposes. The Digital Studio marries craftsmen, software, technicians, engineers, architects, and artists to create individualized and expressive works.

wood studio

The Wood Studio is multi-faceted. Our craftsmen are trained in the art of frameless cabinetry and solid furniture construction. The majority of our cabinets are made with high grade veneers expressing any type of wood species or finish imaginable. The robust level of detail and precision in each cabinet is customized for each client. For our furniture, we hand select solid wood directly from the wealth of local resources that surround our facility in Kansas City. This includes White Oak and American Black Walnut that is hand oiled to express natural color and figuring.

metal studio

It is a challenge for the vast majority of metal craftsmen to produce high end architectural fabrications and/or furniture. The reasoning is simple – metal can be an intensely difficult material to work with. It is unforgiving. At Hufft Projects we match material challenges with years of experience in developing and perfecting a multitude of processes and techniques in cutting, forming, welding, and finishing metals such as mild steel, aluminum, and stainless steel. We approach our efforts in the same manor that a jeweler crafts a bespoke piece. The scale shift for Hufft Projects allows us to translate this exacting level of attention to projects ranging from small side tables to multi-ton architectural installations.

Services


architecture

It is not just a building - it is much more. Winston Churchill once said: “We shape our buildings, and afterwards our buildings shape us.” For Hufft Projects, architecture is more of a way of life than simply a service offered. It is architecture that shapes our daily lives – both personally and professionally. Thus, we approach each architectural project with a focus on our clients, their needs, and the site for which we will be building. Every solution is custom tailored to create space that is not only personalized and functional, but also beautiful. This type of thinking makes what we do a way of life, for us and for our clients. It must absorb us and it does. It must not only create a building, but improve lives, and it does. It is our true passion.

interior design

The silver lining on every project. One of the beauties behind modern design is its ability to connect you with the outdoors. This is accomplished by several different design moves - most have to do with view or daylight. This connection invariably brings the outside in, and the inside out. With that, comes the need to coordinate the interiors with the architecture and vice versa. For us, they are one and the same. We jump at the chance to help coordinate and specify furniture, furnishings, and equipment (FF&E). A chaise can influence a room as much as a room can influence a chaise. Collaboration is of the utmost importance when we are involved with interiors, because to be successful we have to make it as personal as our clients will allow. A beautiful ending to a project is placing the finishing touch on an interior piece, nothing better.

object design

Not only do we envision the spaces that our clients will inhabit, we design and build many of the objects that they will use every day. We believe in craft, and so whether we’re constructing the casework for an entire kitchen or a piece of hardware for a single door, we treat each object we produce with the same level of care and detail. As designers, we strive for a level of performance greater than what has come before. We approach each object as a work of art, testing the way a surface feels to the touch, the way a finish reflects light. Because we are making the objects our clients interact with the most, no detail is too small to consider. We take great satisfaction in delivering work that, in addition to meeting our clients’ needs, also makes them proud.

custom fabrication

It is not a shop – it is a studio. Like any successful studio, we bring a passion for exploration and improvement native to the creative process. We are constantly refining our methods, designing better products, and learning to streamline our models of production. Our studio combines time tested methods of craftsmanship with contemporary technology to achieve an unsurpassed level of perfection. The connection of old and new, the convergence of art and science–these are passions that both the designers and the fabricators at Hufft Projects share. Because we build the things we design, we have complete control over the finished product. Precision, refinement, adaptability, attention to detail–these are the advantages of custom fabrication.

environmental rating

We firmly believe that it is our responsibility to build as sustainably as a budget, timeline and site allows. The level always varies, and we never force it. To build this way today, we must always be skeptical of what a manufacturer deems “green”. What has been considered a standard means of construction over the last 50 years, is simply not good enough anymore. Furthermore, it is very important to look at a project as a whole and evaluate its total embodied energy. We look at each project with a client from the start and establish common goals. One of the goals may be going through a rating process to ensure and quantify the buildings level of sustainability. Every architect in our design studio is a LEED AP (accredited professional), and we have completed several LEED, Energy Star and Indoor AirPlus ratings. If that is the route you choose, we can help ensure the certification.

visualization

How can one best represent something that can only truly be understood when it is completed and has endured over time? We meet this challenge by helping our clients understand and visualize their projects at all levels of development. This ranges from early massing models, in both physical and digital form, to final photo-realistic renderings developed from sophisticated software. No aspect of a design problem is beyond our reach. If it’s something that needs to be seen to be better understood by a client, architect, or consultant, we can deliver in photo realistic quality.

graphic design

Inherently, architecture creates a certain quality of experience. Environmental Graphic Design strives to compliment and enhance the experience of the built environment by utilizing visual aspects of wayfinding to guide you through the space, communicating the identity of the owner and/or brand, information design and shaping a sense of place. Our designers can provide our clients with the tools to develop both the architecture and graphics in unison. Thus, a more distinct and cohesive mood is achieved and creates a lasting impression.

History

Pre-Hufft Projects
  • May 2000 - Matthew is the first student from the University of Kansas to win the acclaimed S.O.M. traveling fellowship and graduates at the top of his class.
  • January 2001 - Matthew returns from an inspirational journey that started in Japan and ended in Indonesia.
  • May 2003 - Matthew graduates from Columbia University at the top of his class and takes an international focus as a project manager at Bernard Tschumi Architects.
  • June 2003 – Clayton Vogel moves to New York to do exhibition design at the Asia Society and Museum.
  • February 2004 - The Line House is completed - Matthew’s first commission.
2005
  • February - Hufft Projects formally begins.
2006
  • May - The first employee is hired!
  • June - Hufft Projects opens its Kansas City studio in Matthew and Jesse’s basement.
  • September - “The Residence” in Springfield, Missouri is completed and wins a prestigious AIA Award.
2007
  • April - Studio relocates into the current Westport Location – a century old horse stable.
  • June - Clayton Vogel joins Hufft Projects full-time, as the sole employee of the New York office.
  • September - Green Circle is the first Shopping Center to receive LEED Platinum certification in the US.
  • October - Kimball Hales joins Hufft Projects as Managing Director of Architecture.
2008
  • July – Matthew is featured in Esquire Magazine as a “Rising Star Architect”.
  • March – The Line House is one of the first pieces of architecture to be featured in Bon Appetit.
  • November - Hufft Projects begins a small metal fabrication studio, manned by one craftsman.
2009
  • June - Hufft Projects expands into 4,000 sq. ft. warehouse, doubling fabrication capabilities by adding a wood studio and a CNC router.
  • July - The “Curved House” wins several national and local AIA awards.
  • September - The “Shed,” the first pre-fab structure, is completed and wins two AIA awards.
2010
  • June - Interior Design magazine names Matthew Hufft the only “Young Gun” of Architecture in the US.
  • August - A ‘Handcrafted Modern’ furniture company called Edwin Blue launches receiving national acclaim.
  • August - Edwin Blue gets receives first press coverage in the LA Times.
  • September - Edwin Blue exhibits to the trade at the International Casual Furniture Market in Chicago.
2011
  • June - The Show House, our first residential showcase, is complete.
2012
  • October - Hufft Projects is named AIA Kansas City Firm of the Year.
2013
  • December - Hufft Projects moves to a new studio at 3612 Karnes Boulevard. The renovation of a 1940s grocery warehouse brings wood studio, metal studio and design studio together on one floor, in one room, separated only by glass walls.

Press

  • Morrison, Blake. “Hufft Projects.” American Lookbook No. 1, Spring/Summer 2014.
  • Alonzo, Austin. “Hufft Projects moves to new home in Roanoke Park.” Kansas City Business Journal, Web. 3 January 2014.
  • Anderson, Danielle. “Stars Say Thanks: Keith Urban.” People Country Special, December 2013: 1, 45,48. (Curved House)
  • Hull Rigdon, Nancy. “Indigo-Go.” The Pitch, 24 September 2013: 7-11.
  • Snider, Bruce D. “Residential Architect Design Awards 2013.” Residential Architect, May/June 2013: 84, 88.
  • Snider, Bruce D. “Architects’ Choice.” Residential Architect, July/August 2013: 48.
  • Fertig, Judith. "Petite Pied-Á-Terre." Spaces: Kansas City, December/January 2013: 144-153.
  • Westberg, Hannah. “Design Excellence Awards 2013.” KC Magazine, September 2013: 78.
  • Van Luchene, Katie. “Matt Baldwin’s Winning Style.” KC Magazine, June 2013: 88.
  • Fertig, Judith. "Petite Pied-Á-Terre." Spaces: Kansas City December/January 2013: 144-153.
  • Dameron, Amanda. "Strictly Soaking." Dwell presents Bath & Spa Special Issue Winter 2013: 50.
  • Steblna, Marina. "Design For People And Nature." Viva Decor Autumn 2013: 82-91.
  • Gustin, Georgina. "A Little Bit Country." Dwell October 2012: 88-95.
  • Dameron, Amanda. "In The Heartland." Dwell September 2012: 44.
  • Hale, Lara. "Modern Manor." Spaces: Kansas City August 2012: 116-123.
  • Lloyd, Laura Knickerbocker. "Matthew Hufft plans his design concepts in Roanoke." Ink 25 July 2012: 14-20.
  • Pitt-Hart, Kerry. "Design Excellence Awards." KC Magazine July 2012: 53-65.
  • Pitt-Hart, Kerry. "Design Excellence Awards." KC Business July 2012: 48-53.
  • Drueding, Meghan. "15 Young Firms to Watch." Residential Architect May/June 2012: 40-55.
  • Kolleeny, Jane. "Iron Curtain." Architectural Record (Record Houses 2012) Apr 2012: 50-53.
  • Block, Annie. "The Wild Midwest." Interior Design Apr 2012: 50.
  • Weber, Cheryl. "Residential Architect Design Awards 2012." Residential Architect. Mar/Apr 2012: 36-37.
  • Shackelford, Patricia. "Picture Perfect." Spaces: Kansas City March 2012: 92-101.
  • Hand, Gunnar. "A Pavillion for the World." Architect's Newspaper 08 Feb 2012: 1, 7.
  • Czauderna, Margaret. "Alles in Einem, Bitte" 20 Private Wohnträume Nov/Dec 2011: 18-20.
  • Russo, Lynn. "Bauhaus." Green Building & Design October 2011: 43-45.
  • Khemsurov, Monica. "How To Add Chic To Your Country Retreat." Details June/July 2011: 38.
  • Barista, David. "40 under 40." Professional Builder June 2011: 27-39.
  • Stern, Kimberly Winter. “The Architecture of Fabrication.” KCH&G June 2011, 35-39.
  • Lee, Betsy. KC Magazine: Lifestyle Section May 2011, 51-52.
  • Paul, Steve. "Architecture: An Elemental, Alphabetical Guide to Kansas City's Built Environment." Kansas City Star Books 2011: 74-75.
  • Paul, Steve. “Architecture A-Z.” The Kansas City Star Magazine Dec. 2010, 7.
  • Hudnall, David. "Shopping the Green Tag Sale." Green Business Quarterly Nov/Dec 2010: 143-145.
  • Kellog, Craig. "Young Guns." Interior Design November 2010: 176-185.
  • Stern, Kimberly Winter. “Kitchen Confidence.” KCH&G Oct. 2010: 41, 43.
  • Fertig, Judith. “Geometry Lesson.” Spaces: Kansas City Sept. 2010, 125-133.
  • Van Lucern, Katie. "Design." KC Magazine July 2010: 143-145. 80-93.
  • Stern, Kimberly Winter. “Design Revolution.” KC Options 2010, 63-65.
  • Britt, Aaron. “ Q and A with Matthew Hufft.” Dwell Online Feb. 2010: http://www.dwell.com/articles/matthew-hufftinterview.html?page=all&print=true
  • Miller, Tiesha. “A Slice of Modernity.” KC Home Design Nov/Dec 2009: 41-49.
  • Hon, Rebecca. “Go With The Flow.” IDFX Magazine June 2009: 63-65.
  • Fujah Staff. “Architecture/Lifestyle.” Fujah Online Magazine Mar. 2009: 41-49.
  • Swanson, Eryn. “Style a Matter of Taste.” KC Magazine Mar. 2009: 56-59.
  • “Blog”. Notcot.org Mar. 2009 .
  • P, Amber. “Andy’s Frozen Custard.” Arch Daily 27 Feb. 2009 .
  • Murphy, Rachel. “Starting Out, KC Style.” KC Options. 2008/2009:51-53.
  • Paul, Steve. “An Architectural Style Built for the Plains.” The Kansas City Star. 22 Oct. 2008, Business: C1, C5.
  • Cotter, Holland. “Artists, Toe the Party Line.” New York Times. 5 Sept. 2008, Weekend Arts: E23, E30.
  • Cole, Robert. “Variety is the Name of the Design Game.” The Kansas City Star. 2 Sept. 2008, Business: D16.
  • KCHD Staff. “In Pursuit of Excellence.” Home Design. Jul. 2008: 95-97. Miller, Tiesha. “The Residence.” Home Design. Jan/Feb 2008: 77-87.
  • Paul, Steve. “Simply Sexy Structure.” The Kansas City Star. 12 Nov. 2007, FYI: D1, D2.
  • Shearer, Jessica. Design Innovations. Esquire Magazine. Apr. 2007: 85-86.
  • The Line House. Ceramic Tiles of Italy Design Competition- Call for Entries 2007. Metropolis. Dec. 2006.

Awards

  • 2013 AIA Kansas City Design Excellence Awards, Citation Award – Baulinder Haus
  • 2013 Residential Architect Design Awards, Merit Outbuilding – The Shed
  • 2013 Residential Architect Design Awards, Merit Architectural Design Detail – Curved House
  • 2012 AIA Kansas City Firm of the Year – Hufft Projects
  • 2012 AIA Kansas City Design Excellence Awards - Merit Award Heavy Metal
  • 2012 House of the Year over 3,000 sf, Grand Award by Residential Architect Magazine – Heavy Metal
  • 2012 Kansas City Magazine Design Excellence Edward Tanner Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 2012 Kansas City Magazine Design Excellence Contemporary Architecture Gold – Heavy Metal
  • 2012 Kansas City Magazine Design Excellence Contemporary Interior Design Gold – Standard Style
  • 2012 Kansas City Magazine Design Excellence Contemporary Interior Design Silver – Baldwin Denim
  • 2011 Ceramic Tiles of Italy Design Competition Honorable Mention - Curved House
  • 2010 Design Excellence Awards KC Home Magazine - Modern w/ a Side of Ranch
  • 2010 AIA Central States Award Merit Award - Curved House
  • 2009 AIA Kansas City Allied Arts and Craftsmanship Awards Honor Award for Craftsmanship - The Curved House
  • 2009 AIA Kansas City Allied Arts and Craftsmanship Awards Merit Award for Craftsmanship - The Shed
  • 2009 Design Excellence Awards - Silver KC Home Magazine - Green Circle Shopping Center
  • 2009 Design Excellence Awards - Gold KC Home Magazine - Bent + Sliced House
  • 2008 Design Excellence Awards - Gold KC Home Magazine - The Line House
  • 2008 AIA Design Excellence Awards Merit Award - The Residence
  • 2008 AIA Design Excellence Awards Public Recognition Award for a Private Residence - The Line House
  • 2007 AIA Design Excellence Awards Citation Award - The Residence
  • AIA Kansas City Design Awards Competition - The Residence cited among the Top Five projects from over 70 entries
  • Addy Bronze Award - The Residence wins the Bronze Award for outstanding achievement from the Advertising Club of Kansas City
  • Ceramic Tiles of Italy and The Italian Trade Commission Design Competition - The Line House is the winner of the Residential category in the 2006 Ceramic Tiles of Italy Design Competition
  • Casalgrande Padana Grand Prix 2005/2006 - The Line House wins Third Prize in the Residential Buildings Category
  • SOM Traveling Fellowship - The acclaimed award was granted to Matthew Hufft in 2000 out of thousands of national potential recipients