people meet us they often ask, “What’s your specialty?” As believers
in the benefits of diversity, this question gives us pause.
We do not specialize in a specific type of project, but rather, a
way of thinking. Our work ranges greatly in scale, type, and means.
We attempt to create solutions that respond to the desires of those
who use a space, the materials available, and the surrounding environment.
So, it seems that our “specialty” is solving three dimensional problems
in innovative and memorable ways – whether we’re designing spaces,
objects, exhibits, or graphics.
Functionality is the basic ingredient in all our work. This foundation is then repeatedly hand-dipped in layers of economy, durability, and delight. Until we encounter a client with a “bottomless budget”, we’ll continue to stretch a dollar through creative and resourceful solutions.
Our office, like our work, is off the beaten path. We’re located in Regent Square, near the largest park in the city. The office is housed in a former neighborhood market with a prototyping shop on the first floor. This shop allows us to quickly explore mock-ups of our design work and it gives us greater familiarity with the materials selected for a project.
In 1995, the firm began with a desire to explore inter-disciplinary work as Celento Design. Rebecca returned from New York to join David in 1998, and we formed Celento Henn in 2001. Together, we have over 20 years of combined experience in over $50 million in construction for a variety of clients. Due to the number of savvy clients willing to explore solutions with us, we have garnered a surprising number of fun projects and positive recognition in this short time.
In 2002, the cover of Pittsburgh Magazine featured a new house that we designed – winner of their “Superior Interiors” competition. We have received four design awards from the American Institute of Architects; while other honors include a Historic Preservation award from the Pittsburgh Historic Review Commission for our work at a National Landmark building. Valhalla was selected as the “Best New Contemporary Casual Restaurant” in 1998 by Pittsburgh Magazine. In 1999, the firm was featured in the “Top Forty Under Forty” article in Pittsburgh Magazine as well as a 1996 feature on emerging talent, “The New Wave”. Our work is featured in the permanent collection of the Heinz Architectural Center and has been exhibited at The Society for Contemporary Crafts, Gallery Chiz, and the AIA Gallery.
If you haven’t done so already, take a peek at the Portfolio section to see some of our work. Feel free to contact any of the clients listed. Should you have any questions, or wish to find out more about working with us, call us.